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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552778362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552778367
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Leif GW Persson’s sprawling, state-of-the-nation novels make deft use of crime fiction conventions to expose the faultlines of Swedish society. This more closely focused novel is a brilliant exploration of a young woman’s murder, press sensationalism, and the inner workings of a police investigation, with readers reintroduced to the blackly humorous and truly unforgettable police detective Evert Bäckström." (Petrona judges panel remarks 2014 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year 2014)

"As the army of Scandinavian crime writers sweeps invincibly onwards, it becomes more challenging for aficionados of Nordic Noir to sort out the wheat from the chaff – although the former is (thankfully) in greater supply. The individual character of various writers’ work can seem similar, but certain talents stand out from the pack. Such is the gifted Leif Persson, whose massive, sprawling, state-of-thenation novels use the mechanics of crime fiction to expose the fault lines in Scandinavian society. Persson, very much his own man in the field, has written his best novel with this one, with its caustic, sardonic tone, it has all the vitality and pungency of its predecessors; its challenging, difficult hero is one of the most distinctive in the field" (The Good Book Guide)

"Persson’s sprawling, state-of-the-nation novels use the mechanics of crime fiction to expose the faultlines in Scandinavian society. Linda has all the vitality of Persson’s earlier books; its difficult hero is one of the most distinctive in the field." (Barry Forshaw Financial Times)

"An immense crime story, and not because of the number of pages, but thanks to the narrative energy and the skill to reflect on society and humanity." (Il Sole 24 ORE (Italy))

"Leif GW Persson has a very straight style, with no frills, and his novels show a very deep understanding of the world he writes about. The tough realism of his stories is tempered by irony and comic qualities." (L’unita’ (Italy))

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Winner of the Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel 2014

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By col2910 on 12 Aug 2013
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis/blurb.......
In the middle of an unusually hot Swedish summer, a young woman studying at the Vaxjo Police Academy is brutally murdered. Police Inspector Evert Backstrom is unwillingly drafted in from Stockholm to head up the investigation.
Egotistical, vain and utterly prejudiced against everything, Backstrom is a man who has no sense of duty or responsibility, thinks everyone with the exception of himself is an imbecile and is only really capable of warm feelings towards his pet goldfish and the nearest bottle of liquor. If they are to solve the case, his long suffering team must work around him, following the scant few leads which remain after Backstrom's intransigence has let the trail go cold.
Blackly comic, thrillingly compelling and utterly real, Linda, As in the Linda Murder is the novel which introduces the reader to the modern masterpiece that is Evert Backstrom, a man described by his creator as 'short, fat and primitive'. He is, without doubt, the real deal when it comes to modern policing.
This was my third Persson book this year and after reading the 490 pages and finally finishing, my reaction was similar to that felt at the conclusion of the previous two...........interesting, enjoyable, entertaining, intriguing, educational and humorous - all positives, but offset frequently by spells of writing that were for me.......frustrating, dull, superfluous and infuriating.
We start with the murder initially investigated by the local police, but soon after the NCP are called in. The team is headed by Evert Backstrom, a character I have previously encountered in Persson's earlier books.
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This is a well plotted crime novel; but what raises it up a notch is the central character, Evert Backstrom. If ever a sleazier detective existed....well, one never did! He's lazy, vain, solipsistic, sexist, sloppy, disloyal and always thinking about the next meal...and drink. However his mental asides to himself are outrageously funny. His superiors can't wait to stick the knife in; but because of his connections are always obliged to pull it out again. He's Louie from the old TV series, "Taxi" - but with a badge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allan DB on 4 May 2014
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A young woman Linda is raped and murdered in the town of Vaxjo. 6 members of the National Crime Pólice are sent from Stockholm to assist the local pólice. This group is headed by Inspector Backstrom, a policeman who would disgrace every pólice forcé in the world. Although written recently this book has the feel of a much older kind of writing. It is a pólice procedural in almost its purest form. It is long but it slowly and methodically charts the progress of the investigation, seen mainly through the eyes of Backstrom, Rogersson and Lewin, the three experienced detectives. The preliminary investigation involves the first 90% of the book leading up to the arrest of the suspect and I found it entertainig, if a Little long. The final 10% introduces two new officers, Young women, whose job is to question the suspect. I found this part hard going, but perhaps the author was trying to make a point about old fashioned policing with the newer approach. Recommended to fans of pólice procedurals and the Martin Beck books but not to those people who give 5 stars to the books of Kristina Ohlsson et al.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cambridge Chris on 11 April 2014
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This is a fine read and an enjoyable, well observed journey through the lanes and byways of provincial and not so provincial, politically correct and very much not politically correct, Swedish society.It is a tale peopled with character and analysis and is driven by the energy and often the inertia of its leading characters.It is convoluted and torturously imprecise which gives it a relentless taste of nothing being truly solved.it asks big questions and often provides messy, incomplete answers.After 550 pages you are less convinced that the crime has been solved than the sound of it being swept under the collective Swedish carpet.Its corrupt, indolent, idle central character, all sound and fury signifying nothing is as unattractive as the crime he is lazily trying to solve.He leaves everything to chance and nothing to protocol or procedure.A deeply satisfying and resplendent read and a book that comfortably wallows in the murky, the ugly, the grotesque, the perplexing with an assured, masterly touch.Loved it through and through and found the ending reassuringly as ambiguous and unconventional as the tone that had been set from the beginning.Fascinating, brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Oliver on 27 Jan 2014
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Couldn't put this down and read it in one day. Terrific characters and fascinating plot. I particularly enjoyed the political incorrectness of Backstrom the lead detective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Burrows on 9 Jan 2014
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i loved this book - i read alot of detective fiction and often get bored of the humorless forgettable plots - the plot is not fantastic in this book but the book was a joy to read because of lead character
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian C Davis on 26 Dec 2013
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Evert is a great anti-hero and some of his scenes are truly comic. Perhaps not the greatest of mysteries but at least bellievabe.
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