I deliberated over giving this the full star treatment. Firstly, I wanted the e-book and it was only available initially in hardback, which I hasten to add is a beautiful book and sits there attractively on my shelf, the blood red rose a metaphor for this tragic event. There are only a few books on the Palme assassination available in English, and I'm glad I chose this one for my continuing studies.
Being non-Nordic, Palme's Sweden has been an endless fascination to me. Having read this book, I can't help but realise why fictional detectives like Wallender were created. Indeed the endless conspiracy theories surrounding the attempted closure of this case have achieved the opposite. If a film producer decided to shoot this, s/he would end up with a packed DVD of alternative endings.
Other reviewers have picked up on the proofreading and editing. I can only assume that some of the errors were due to the constant editing and re-editing that must have been necessary for such a complex project. Some would argue quite justifiably that this is no excuse, but I would argue that small misprints didn't spoil my overall enjoyment of this text.
For anybody who is interested in pre-nineties Sweden in the final years of the Cold War, I would highly recommend this book. It is also of interest to those people who watch and study the current Nordic Noir programmes, as it provides insight into the Swedish police and political system. Also, if like me, you are writing a novel set in 1986, it sets the tone for the time before the Wall came down.