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Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End (2002)

by Leif GW Persson

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It's the start of winter in Stockholm and what seems like a routine suicide. A young American man has fallen to his death from a high window and for the local police there is nothing more to add. However in his shoe is a message for Superintendent Lars Martin Johansson, described as the only honest policeman in Sweden, and as Johansson looks into the death he realises that it is not as straightforward as it seems. Johansson's investigations take him from the USA to the heart of Swedish politics and corruption at every level of Government and law enforcement.

I picked up this book following a press review and it is a revelation. Intricately plotted with a cast of characters who are both believable and frightening, the story is engrossing. The conspiracy theories are not so farfetched as to be unrealistic and this goes beyond the usual scandal-noir murder investigation. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
It's the start of winter in Stockholm and what seems like a routine suicide. A young American man has fallen to his death from a high window and for the local police there is nothing more to add. However in his shoe is a message for Superintendent Lars Martin Johansson, described as the only honest policeman in Sweden, and as Johansson looks into the death he realises that it is not as straightforward as it seems. Johansson's investigations take him from the USA to the heart of Swedish politics and corruption at every level of Government and law enforcement.

I picked up this book following a press review and it is a revelation. Intricately plotted with a cast of characters who are both believable and frightening, the story is engrossing. The conspiracy theories are not so farfetched as to be unrealistic and this goes beyond the usual scandal-noir murder investigation. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
I bailed at page 70.
I think it must be a very poor translation.

The narrative just seems to wander endlessly.

The author takes forever to set the stage and we move back and forth between different policemen and their personalities. It is not easy to follow since the connections between the different characters (mostly cops) are hard to see and I found it hard to connect the dots.

As an aside, one gets the feeling that the Swedish police are not a happy lot. Those that aren't drinking, lying or corrupt are either unhappy or suicidal.

The author is an expert in the Swedish criminal justice system so I do think that the book might have some rewards if you stick with it.

The central mystery unfolds fairly well but I hit a section where the author just goes into mind-numbing details about police bureaucracy and police history that was just too much for me.

As I say, I suspect it might be the translation.

if you love Sweden or Scandinavian crime thrillers or cops in general, you might really like the book.

I have too many on my shelves and this didn't make the cut. ( )
  blnq | Dec 27, 2016 |
This is the first of a trilogy that traces the the history of Swedish politics from post WWII social democrats to the present day rise of far right groups.

Book #1 is a biting political satire that follows a whack of characters who all have ties to the country’s police & secret security services. It culminates with the assassination of the prime minister, obviously based on the murder of Olaf Palme in 1986.

Just as in real life, multiple theories are presented as to who pulled the trigger. The police are depicted as a bloated organization with incompetents ruling individual fiefdoms. There is little coordination which results in different departments stepping all over each others’ investigations as they rush to make it to the nearest bar for last call.

Overlooking this mess is the “secret” police, a type of big brother organization that isn’t much better. It has multiple levels with ridiculous names that spend more time spying on each other than civilians. At times I couldn’t help thinking it was like something out of Monty Python with secret police, very secret police & really, really secret police. Almost to a man, these are despicable people engaged in a constant game of “he who collects the most dirt on everyone else” wins.

There are also characters from all the factions that have been suspected of killing Palme. They include Kurds, South Africans, CIA agents & traitors from within the Swedish government.

It’s a well written, intricate tale of spy vs spy & the author clearly know his stuff. But due to its dense, slow moving literary style I’d really only recommend for those with an interest in Swedish politics or the Palme case. In real life, the search for his killer is still open & is now the most expensive murder investigation in history (currently at about $45 million dollars over the last 30 years). ( )
  RowingRabbit | Dec 1, 2016 |
Well, an interesting book... very multi-perspectived which wasn't always easy to keep track of but suited the multi-layered story... Because of the multiple perspectives, it kept you guessing who was hero, who was villain in the book, and of course with the realistic ambiguity in life, sometimes a character is a bit of both.
Overall interesting, I probably would read other books by him, although only Another Time, Another Life is translated into English as far as I can tell... and that sounds interesting too, dealing with Baader Meinhof & Stockholm syndrome ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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Den bäste uppgiftslämnaren är den som inte förstått innebörden av det han berättat. - Professorn
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Till Björnen och Mikael. Den bäste uppgiftslämnaren är den som inte förstått innebörden av det som han har berättat. Professorn
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Det var Kalle, 13, som räddade livet på Vindeln, 55.
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From the back cover of the Livre de poche edition (2007):

Un vendredi soir de novembre, un obscur journaliste américain tombe par la fenêtre du quinzième étage du foyer d’étudiants de Stockholm dans lequel il avait loué une chambre.

Il s’agit à l’évidence d’un suicide, d’autant que le défunt a eu le bon goût de laisser derrière lui un mot d’adieu.

Celui-ci est un peu étrange, remarquablement bien écrit étant donné les circonstances, presque poétique : « J’ai passé ma vie entre la nostalgie de l’été et le froid de l’hiver. »

Le dossier aurait dû en toute logique se clore sur ce constat si le commissaire Lars Martin Johansson, de la Brigade criminelle, qualifié par certains de « seul flic suédois honnête », ne s’était pas retrouvé mêlé à l’enquête d’une façon aussi inexplicable qu’inattendue.

Et ce qui débute sous les apparences d’une affaire banale se révèle bientôt être un crime hors du commun…
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The first entry in a trilogy inspired by the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme traces an investigation into an unknown American's death in Stockholm that reveals a complex web of espionage and intelligence failures.

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