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Crime and investigation before they begin but for me it all felt too confused and unclear The I read the unconvinced I became about the merit of using a real unsolved case in this way especially such a high profile and recent casePutting the concept to one side then and looking at the book purely as a crime thriller worked a little better for me Johansson and his team are well drawn and their interactions have a convincing feel We get to see them in their off duty lives too which makes them feel well rounded This is a team of professionals who on the whole respect each other and work well together Unfortunately the same cannot be said for B ckstr m obviously supposed to be the comic relief he is an old fashioned sexist racist drunken corrupt copper oh dear Yes occasionally he has a funny line but really he is so stereotyped and one dimensional as to be completely unbelievable and I tired very uickly of his foul mouthed offensive remarks Maybe they were funnier in Swedish The whole strand relating to him made very little sense as far as I could see and I felt the book would have been better and tighter without him in itThe fictional investigation sees the detectives discussing many of the tracks followed by the real investigators plus I assume some made up stuff so that Persson could deliver his own version of events While interesting there is a good deal of repetition in these sections not just of information but often the same phrases being used time and again all of which contributes to the book being seriously overlong The translation is fine for the most part but occasionally becomes clunky and a few times actually leaves the meaning somewhat unclear Overall the interest of the original case plus the good characterisation of the main team just about outweighed the annoying B ckstr m and my mild irritation at not knowing where the line lay between fact and fiction I d guess that Persson fans will enjoy this but although it works as a standalone in hindsight perhaps it s not the best of his books to start with 3 stars for me so rounded upNB This book was provided for review by the publisher Random House Transworldwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom This is the third and final book in the legendary Fall Of The Welfare State trilogy written by the Swedish top criminologist and crime fiction writer Leif GW Persson I should mention that it is not by any means necessary to have read the first two books Between Summer s Longing and Winter s End Another Time Another Life in order to understand what is going on as far as the plot is concerned but readers who did will have a thorough picture of the many characters in the novelThe main protagonist is once again Lars Martin Johansson who is now close to retirement and attempts to reopen a case that besets the Swedes for than three decades and of course that is the murder of the Prime Minister of Sweden Olof Palme on Friday 28 February 1986 The assassination took place on the central Stockholm street Sveav gen where a still unknown perpetrator took place on the central Stockholm street Sveav gen where a still unknown perpetrator Palme while he was walking home along with his WIFE LISBET RETURNING FROM A CINEMA NIGHT OUT TOTALLY Lisbet returning from a cinema night out totally without any police protection or bodyguards The police got in the crime scene almost ten minutes after the attack and what seemed at first to be an easy arrest in a matter of hours became one of the most discussed riddles in the European political sceneJohansson Assembles A Small But Effective a small but effective of honest and dedicated police officers who who are charged with the task of re examining the vast amount of evidence collected throughout decades of police work in order to detect any possible mistakes or things that were overlooked by the officers who investigated the case in the past This is a work of fiction but most of the facts surrounding the murder are real and in some parts it feels like watching a documentary which narrates the cold hard evidence of this tragic assassination Persson is an experienced author and succeeds in balancing a fictitious plotline with the sheer reality As one may expect there are various theories about who indeed killed Olof Palme and in the than 700 pages of Falling Freely As If In A Dream we learn a lot of things about for examplethe original prime suspect Christer Pettersson and the whole solitary madman argument or the so called police track thus the assumption that the Palme assassination was organized and executed by the people who were high on the Swedish police hierarchy Persson offers some explanations created by his vivid writer s imagination that seems plausible to the reader and makes for an exciting apart from educating readReaders who are familiar with Leif GW Persson body of work will be delighted by the fact that one of the main characters in this book is the mercurial and many times outrageous Evert B ckstr m who as always adds a comical touch to the dark and complicated story This is the absolute must read for everyone who claims to be a true fan of Scandinavian crime fiction and it will certainly also appeal to those who take an interest in the European political historyPS If ou are interested in a true crime book about Olof Palme s assassination I recommend Blood in the Snow by Jan Bondeson which offers an excellent account of the event and its conseuences The cinema fans will want to check out Sista Kontraktet The Last Contract directed by Kjell Sundvall and starring Mikael Persbrandt a fictional story based on the actual event of the murder of the Swedish Prime Minister. Ande spår växer istället fram sakta men säkert Men om spåret är det rätta går sanningen att offentliggöraFaller fritt som i en dröm är den avslutande delen i trilogin som inleddes med de enorma framgångarna Mellan sommarens längtan och vinterns köld och En annan tid ett annat li. ,

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The crime scene and interviews of them and anyone close to themOlaf Palme had intended to spend a uiet night at home with his wife but apparently decided at the last moment to attend a movie It was while they were leaving the theater that a man described as six feet tall with short dark hair wearing a half link dark coat pulled a pistol from his pocket and fired shots at Olaf and his wife He killed the Prime Minister instantly and wounded his wifeThe relationship between Johansson and his staff is one of the highlights of the novel Descriptions are given of each of their personal lives In one scene Johansson is talking with his special advisor who asks What should we expect next time The old orangutan from the Rue de Morgue Or perhaps the swamp adder in Conan Doyle s story about the speckled band Persson has a sense of humor I found the street names absolutely fascinating even though unpronounceable Kungsgatan Persson has a sense of humor I found the street names absolutely fascinating even though unpronounceable Kungsgatan Malmskillnadsgatan Dobelnsgatan Yes my spell check has red lined my screen Another detail of Swedish life is an account of food consumed When the special advisor invites Johansson for a meal the amount of food consumed is astronomical the appetizers were Beluga caviar duck liver and uail eggs followed by consomm of lobster shredded onions and petite pois clams with tomato asparagus grilled king crab with veal sausage grated potatoes and spicy sauce Next came filet of brill with globe artichoke and etouffee of crayfish tail venison chanterelles grilled in butter roasted cauliflower cheese souffl brie truffles with apple jelly cream cheese with plums and chocolate terrine After the meal the two played pool and then had a small supper of herring crayfish grilled sausages small beef patties topped with fried eggs This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read The information contained is astonishing it could be the definitive description of Swedish life Leif GW Persson is in my humble opinion the best Swedish crime writer Which is to say the one I most admire and enjoy Funny in both a satirical and whimsical manner Encyclopedic as to the police political nexus Audacious in his ploddingly compelling structuring of an almost 600 page story And Absolutely superb Most satisfying crime book or even book I have read for MTIV years This brings together the strands of the first two novels and using facts from the Palme assassination moves inevitably to a logical satisfying conclusion This writer writes so maturely about human nature and behaviour There is no or little overt violence in the book but it is so involving psychologically that I was gripped Makes Nesbo and Co look like superficial cartoonish writers You have to read the first two novels to read the third and have it all come to a cathartic head I signed up to goodreads today just so I could review this book which I just finishedesterdayThis is the third book of Perrson s The Story of a Crime trilogy the titular crime being the 1986 assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme which has never been solved In this fictional treatment the author proposes a solution that seems highly plausible if thoroughly chilling And if his fictional musings happen to come anywhere close to the truth it s clear that there will never be an official closing of the caseI find myself never be an official closing of the caseI find myself to ascribe some authority to the author s musings due to his cvfrom the book jacket Leif GW Persson has chronicled the political and social development of modern Swedish society in his award winning novels for than three decades Persson has served as an advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Justice and is Sweden s most renowned psychological profiler He is a professor at Sweden Fiction is stranger than factLars Martin Johansson Chief of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation decides to have a final shot at solving the twenty ear old assassination of then Prime Minister of Sweden Olof Palme Pulling together a small team of his best detectives he gets them to begin a review of the huge amount of paperwork relating to the investigation trusting that fresh eyes might spot something previously overlooked Meantime Chief Inspector B ckstr m now sidelined to working in the Lost Property division is determined to find a way to get the reward offered for solving the crimeThis is a rather strange book in that the assassination of Olof Palme is of course a real event which has never been properly solved Although one man was convicted of the murder he was later released on appeal While many still think him guilty there are about a zillion other theories too from rogue police officers to Kurdish terrorists and all from what Persson suggests based on the thinnest of evidence or none at all So from the start it was hard to see exactly where we were going to end up in this book either Persson would have to stick with the facts leading to an untidy unresolved ending or he would have to invent a solution I thought he might be going to use the opportunity to put forward his own pet theory I m guessing every Swede has one but the book didn t really give me that impression Instead it read like a kind of slow thriller and seemed to veer further from reality as it progressed In fact I found all the way through that I didn t know which bits were fact and which were fiction which meant that by the end I couldn t really say I knew about the real assassination than I did at the beginning ie nothing I suspect this would work much better for anyone who knows the ins and outs of the. Detta fallI hemlighet samlar han de vassaste medarbetarna förnekar i media att en ny utredning inletts och tillsammans börjar de med fräscha ögon gå igenom det enormt omfattande utredningsmaterialet Christer Pettersson är inte Palme mördaren Det slår man fast snabbt Ett nytt överrask. ,
Final volume in a trilogy It would probably be better to read them closer together than I have as I couldn t remember all the details from the earlier books which are relevant This one combines truth and presumably fiction as it s based on a re examination of the Palme murder which is still unsolved The dreadful Evert Backstrom reappears although he is still professionally sidelined and he does actually get close to the truth The murder is solved in the novel but in a way which ensures that the secret will never be told so how close to the truth is it Lots of detail of Swedish life here too and some linguistic uirks in translation which sound a little odd in English but are probably a fair representation of certain Swedish expressions This is a book that to do justice to it really needs to be read in large chunks not small bites I really loved this book with it s plausible plot line but as another reviewer has stated there are a lot of characters to keep track of I found myself a bit restricted for time and attempted to read a bit each day which necessitated rereading small passages to fill in what I had missed or forgotten Although this method got me through the book I found the best understanding and enjoyment was gained near the end when I just made an effort to read until I had finished it The book is the third in the Palme series and gives a good idea on how things could have happened in an event which has been difficult for the Swedish police to unravel or understand Although a work of fiction it could just as easily have been a narrative of police findings This has gone to my list of series to re read in it s entirety Try it ou will like it This trilogy is an amazing work of fiction That there is a mystery involved is merely icing on the cake The writing is taut and worthy of any literary fiction The characters are evolved and dialogue is interesting well thought out and entirely believableTrying to remember that this is not true crime is difficult because it is all so plausible I am in awe of the translator who must have felt that they were actually writing a new bookMy one caveat is that this is not an easy read It reuires Laurus you to concentrate and remember people and events from three books The threads running through the three stories are kept lightly in hand My one disappointment was that Lars Martin s friend Jarneburg is not so noticeable in this last bookIfou like the genre of Scandi crime fiction If Silk and Steel you like police procedurals Ifou like gripping storylines This is a series Het Reservaat Van Ward Ruyslinck you really should readI have to say that these books take police procedural to a whole new level Amazing detail You feel likeou are right there turning the boxes of evidence out and rifling through pages of testimony It is uite a treat The final instalment of Leif GW Persson s Story of a Crime series feels like a bit of a letdownNow approaching retirement as head of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation Las Martin Johansson decides to take one last crack at solving the murder of Swedish PM Olof Palme the subject of the first book in crack at solving the murder of Swedish PM Olof Palme the subject of the first book in series Between Summer s Longing and Winter s EndJohannson assembles a team of detectives and instructs them to comb through twenty Rumunia. Koniec złotej epoki years of disorganised archives and identify the killer To avoid getting noses out of joint he does this under the cover of getting the archives collated and re organised into a searchable formDetectives Holt Lewin and Mattei reluctantly get started on this massive task Meanwhile the corrupt Inspector Backstrom gets wind of this and launches an extra curricular investigation of his own of an entirely different nature Inevitably these two investigations eventually converge on one figureMy concern with this novel is that it all just seemed to easy for these investigators What they find in a relatively short time does not seem nearly challenging enough or difficult enough to explain why a vast investigative team could not find this out over twentyears Persson s ending needed to be arcane and baffling than it is I was also not a fan of the freuent plot points that start up and then are uickly killed off and the amount that is left unexplained after reading thousands of pages of this story I especially found the key plot point of Waltin s university club puerile and distasteful it didn t need to be as crass as Persson decides to make itI enjoyed the paranoia bafflement and tension of Between Summer s Longing and Winter s End and I wish now that I Had Left It There I Really Didn T Read had left it there I really didn t read in Swedish the Goodreads app wouldn t record the translated version The title is Free Falling As If In A Dream and is written by Leif GW Persson Persson has chronicled the political and social development of modern Swedish society in his award winning novels for thirty ears He is Sweden s most renowned psychological profiler and a professor at the National Police Board and the foremost expert on crime This novel represents the final volume in the crime trilogy centered on the assassination of Olaf Palme in 1986 It S August 2007 And s August 2007 and Martin Johansson Chief of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Sweden opens the dusty files on the unsolved murder of the Prime minister hoping to finally solve the case before his retirement He forms a new group of close trustworthy detectives who descend to the basement to pour through literally mountains of paperwork and pursue new leads The novel is 600 pages of minutely detailed police procedural involving witnesses at. 15 augusti 2007 och måttet är rågat för Lars Martin Johansson chef för rikskriminalen Han tänker klara upp Palme mordet Tidpunkten för preskription ligger inte alltför långt bort och hans egen pensionering kryper närmare Vad vore bättre än att kröna karriären med en lösning av. 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