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Another Time,Another Life--Leif G.W.Persson,
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This review is from: Another Time, Another Life: (The Story of a Crime 2) (Paperback)
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/