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Another Time, Another Life: (The Story of a Crime 2)

Another Time, Another Life: (The Story of a Crime 2) [Kindle Edition]

Leif G. W. Persson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"Persson cleverly blends Swedish politics, corruption and police procedural in a way that will appeal to fans of the current crop of Danish TV dramas" (The Times)

"Another winner from Persson. If anything, it's even better than the first book. Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction will eat it up" (Library Journal (US))

"Ambitious... the look at the fictional individual detectives and their fates through the years enriches the story" (Publishers Weekly (US))

"This may be just what fans of Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson are looking for" (Booklist *Starred Review* (USA))

"Dark, politically charged thriller... A practiced, Larsson-worthy procedural" (Kirkus Reviews (US))

Book Description

From the grand master of Scandinavian crime fiction-and one of the best crime writers of our time-a critically acclaimed thriller spanning twenty-five years, centered around the still unsolved murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385614209
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (15 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BLO4D0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 and complex crime novels. His work melds the social realism of a Balzac or a Dickens with the hard-boiled street smarts of James Ellroy.

Persson is Scandinavia's most renowned criminologist and a leading psychological profiler. He 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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Everyone 14 Jun 2012
Another dark, convoluted, meandering political thriller from this master of subtle innuendo and intricate plots extending over years. Yes, the sexism that marked the first book is here again in even stronger terms. And yes for many readers it will seem slow and plodding, but clearly Persson doesn't care and isn't going to change his writing style. Either you are willing to go with him, and to take the time to become totally immersed in his complex worlds, or you are not the kind of reader he is writing for. I admire his integrity in this regard. His books are not page turners in the style of the justly famous Stieg Larsson, they are something else altogether, and I finish his works feeling like I've just returned from the forbidden planet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another time, another life 6 Aug 2012
By Eva
Format:Kindle Edition
This 2nd part of Persson's trilogy is great, and the following two books (including a post-scriptum: Dying Detective) make the series a wonderful reading. It is a different type of a crime book - being a crime book lover, I had initially problem with a different type of narration, but once you got used to it (in the first book) then you cannot wait for the next ones. What I liked the most was the self-irony of the characters. Superb!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Time,Another Life--Leif G.W.Persson 7 Feb 2013
By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This novel is the second part of 'The story of a crime' trilogy.
I found the first part almost unreadable,but I am glad that I
persevered ,as 'Another Time,Another Life' is unusual and splendid.
The story starts with an event,based on fact,in 1975 when the German
embassy in Stockholm is raided by terrorists ,with some staff being
murdered.The subsequent investigation by the Swedish police is
curtailed when the terrorists are flown back to Germany,leaving the
question of whether they were assisted by any Swedes ,unanswered.
The plot then moves onto 1989,and the murder,in his flat, of a male
statistician.The murder enquiry comes to nothing ,as it is sabotaged
by the loathsome D.I.Backstrom,who considers it to be a gay murder.
We are then taken to events surrounding the collapse of the Berlin
Wall,and the present,as the Swedish Security Police become involved
in checking security clearance for a prospective new cabinet minister.
As all the strands come together in fascinating fashion,it becomes
clear that this is not just an interesting thriller, but a subtle and
intelligent critique of some aspects of Swedish society ,particularly
the justice system/
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