One of the greatest Swedish crime novels of all time
The death of an unknown American in Stockholm, though tragic, should be an open-and-shut case, a simple suicide. But when Superintendent Lars Martin Johansson begins to delve beneath the layers of corruption, incompetence and violence currently strangling the Stockholm police department, he uncovers a complex web of treachery, politics and espionage.
Johansson quickly realises that there is nothing routine about this little death as it quickly catapults him from mere domestic drama straight to the rotten heart of Sweden’s government.
About the Author
Leif GW Persson is the Grand Master of Scandinavian crime fiction. Over three decades, he has taken a scalpel to the political and social mores of Swedish society in his dark, complex and satirical crime novels. His work melds the social realism of a Balzac or a Dickens with the hard-boiled street smarts of James Ellroy. Born in 1945 in a working class family, Persson has had an extraordinary career. At once Scandinavia’s most renowned criminologist and leading psychological profiler, Persson has also served as an advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Justice. Since 1991, he has been Professor at the National Swedish Police Board and is regularly consulted by media as the country’s foremost expert on crime. He is the author of nine novels. This is the first one to be translated into English.
"Ambitious... as well as being an intricately detailed crime narrative this is a powerful state-of-the-nation novel. Those who feel that crime fiction can tackle truly serious issue should pay close attention to Persson's magnum opus" * Independent *
"A masterpiece of political and police intrigue" * Yorkshire Evening Post *
"Reminiscent of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson in its toughness... A philosophically charged tale worthy of Ingmar Bergman-but with lots more guns" * Kirkus Reviews (starred) *
"Leif GW Persson's books are both brilliant and unique - stylish crime requiems marked by pitch-black humour and an unparalleled satiricat sting" -- Hakan Nesser
"From a country known for terrific crime novelists, Sweden's great crime writer Leif G.W. Persson brilliantly takes the reader into a world of fascinating mystery and secrets" -- Joseph Wambaugh
Series: The Story of a Crime
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 23rd July 2011
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1