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He Who Kills the Dragon: Bäckström 2 [Kindle Edition]

Leif G W Persson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this second installment of Persson’s trilogy of police procedurals featuring the "small, fat and primitive" Evert Bäckström, the grand master’s most appallingly repulsive (and funniest) character is finally given his fifteen minutes of fame by way of his patented combination of laziness, luck, and an unbelievable sense of timing.



A seemingly ordinary murder puzzles Bäckström, who is struggling with strict orders from his doctor to lead a healthier life. His gut feeling proves him right: within days, his team has another murder linked to the first on their hands, and reports of alleged ties to a Securicor heist gone out of control, killing two. The nation needs a hero, and the newly appointed head of the Västerort police force Anna Holt needs somebody to kill the dragon for her. Who better to heed to the task than Evert Bäckström: self-sufficient, ostentatious, devoid of moral, Hawaii shirt-clad, and, latterly, armed?



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1360 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DEDAFPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Scandi crime I've read this year 27 Oct. 2013
By col2910
Format:Kindle Edition
5 from 5

I try not to give too much away when discussing books I have read and this time I will be briefer than usual.

One of my challenges this year was to get stuck into some Scandinavian crime fiction and to that end; this was my fourth Persson book. During the other three, my attention and interest has wandered at times as the author has a tendency to go off page with some of his characters and their musings. This time around Persson stays firmly on track. The result is leaner, meaner and more satisfying for this reader at least. 370-odd pages and I was done in a day and a half!

Decent storyline, decent support characters - some of whom I'm familiar with from previous books, an unforgettable lead in Backstrom and an intriguing murder case to resolve. Backstrom on his own in an empty room would be interesting and funny, when he interacts with his underlings and crosses paths with his frustrated superiors, multiply that x 100.

Probably the best Scandi Crime Fiction I have read all year.

I obtained access to this via the Net Galley website.

My previous reviews on Persson's books are as follows:
Between Summer's Longing And Winter's End
Another Time, Another Life
Linda, As In The Linda Murder
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leif Persson He Who Kills the Dragon 25 Nov. 2014
By Marilyn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ha ha ha. Backstrom is back. Revolting but also hilarious in an undoubtedly nasty way. This series would be nothing without him. I think of him as an even more primitive version of Warren Clarke from Dalziel and Pascoe, with a twist of herring of course.

There is something akin to the tone of Catch 22 about this series. Irony, black humour, and the status quo being turned upside down: how does an overweight, racist, lazy cop like Backstrom manage to become the town's hero, and win a great police honour?

You will certainly laugh out loud, more than once at Backstrom's thoughts and deeds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading at its best 26 Oct. 2013
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Highly entertaining , teriffic characters ,Blackstrom what a man , cried laughing at many of the scenarios , can not wait for number 3
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a great sequel! 22 May 2014
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Very impressed. Here is an unpleasant hero - he's so right and he's so wrong. Give it a try - please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Scandi crime I've read this year 27 Oct. 2013
By col2910 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
5 from 5

I try not to give too much away when discussing books I have read and this time I will be briefer than usual.

One of my challenges this year was to get stuck into some Scandinavian crime fiction and to that end; this was my fourth Persson book. During the other three, my attention and interest has wandered at times as the author has a tendency to go off page with some of his characters and their musings. This time around Persson stays firmly on track. The result is leaner, meaner and more satisfying for this reader at least. 370-odd pages and I was done in a day and a half!

Decent storyline, decent support characters - some of whom I'm familiar with from previous books, an unforgettable lead in Backstrom and an intriguing murder case to resolve. Backstrom on his own in an empty room would be interesting and funny, when he interacts with his underlings and crosses paths with his frustrated superiors, multiply that x 100.

Probably the best Scandi Crime Fiction I have read all year.

I obtained access to this via the Net Galley website.

My previous reviews on Persson's books are as follows:
Between Summer's Longing And Winter's End
Another Time, Another Life
Linda, As In The Linda Murder
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forced to read 16 Aug. 2014
By Marie Antoinette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I only read this as I had already purchased two books together. I really disliked the last one about the Linda murders and I really disliked this one. I do not like the main character and the way he is portrayed and seems to get away with it. He is rude and disgusting and it is unpleasant to read anything with him in it. Not for me.
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