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Another Time, Another Life: The Story of a Crime Hardcover – March 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; Tra edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307377463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307377463
  • ASIN: 0307377466
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A dark, politically charged thriller . . . Red herrings—perhaps better, Red Brigades Herrings—ensue, as Persson unfolds a carefully plotted story . . . A practiced, Larsson-worthy procedural.”
Kirkus
 
“Exceptional . . . Persson writes with a sure hand and sharp insight. His detectives are human, interesting, and fallible . . . Another winner from Persson. If anything, it’s even better than the first book. Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction will eat it up.”
Library Journal
 
“While the documentary-style narrative is a bit of a departure from what Scandinavian crime fans have come to expect, it works quite well here (better than in Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End). In fact, this may be just what fans of Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson are looking for.”
Booklist (starred review)

“An astonishing novel. Once again, Persson has written a masterpiece of a crime novel. Spectacular and thrilling, arrogant and titillating, entertaining and well written.”
—Västerviks-Tidningen
 
“A whopper of a thriller.”
—Jyllands-Posten
 
“A masterly political thriller that plays in a league of its own.”
—Aftonbladet

About the Author

Leif GW Persson has chronicled the political and social development of modern Swedish society in his awardwinning novels for more than three decades. Persson has served as an adviser to the Swedish Ministry of Justice and is Sweden’s most renowned psychological profiler. He is a professor at Sweden’s National Police Board and is considered the country’s foremost expert on crime. He lives in Stockholm.


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Customer Reviews

This book was not what I was expecting and did not hold my attention very well.
Karen Grubel
I'm unsure if the author intended this style or it came from the translation but it works well for this story.
Philly gal
I found that the first 50 pages of the book dragged, then started to pick up, and then dragged again.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Garber on March 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the second book of Leif GW Persson to be translated and published in English. The first was "Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End". Each book is, in its way, at least as good as any crime/state secret type book written in years, and way better than all but a few. Much as I like the Larsson trilogy, Mankell, Nesser, Nesbo, etc. from Scandinavia, and Steinhaur, Flynn, Silva and others, these two books are as compelling, thoughtful, believable and well-told stories as the very early works of le Carre, McCarry, and WT Tyler. They are as good as it gets.

"Another Time, Another Life' takes place in Sweden between 1975 and 2000. It refers to two primary crimes -- very briefly, the bombing of the German Embassy in Stockholm, and subsequently a murder in 1989, one clearly political, the second not. It appears to be a primarily police procedural. The police officers, and other characters, are frequently flawed, interesting, and act and think in ways that reflect human nature to a very sharp degree. As the story progresses, events relating to the Berlin Wall's termination, the availability of Stasi files, and possible questionable activity of other security services, brings the Swedish state security police into the story in the year 2000, thus revisiting both crimes. As the security police themselves are all former policemen, with some common background, it flows and flows.

In truth, these books require a long article.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. webster on April 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Did not know this was the second of a trilogy. Very complex story set over a number of years. Lots of Swedish history and politics.
Very well done. A nice bit of humor too.Looking forward to reading more of his books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barryface on November 7, 2012
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Love this new author! Read the first book, "Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End" and couldn't bare to put it down. His second book, "Another Time, Another Life" was also excellent. Cannot wait for the next book from this great author!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philly gal VINE VOICE on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Some spoilers
This is a complex murder mystery set in Sweden over a 25 years period. In 1975 leftist radicals capture the German embassy in Stockholm and inadvertently blow up the embassy. Several of the radicals are killed and many are gravely injured. While the radicals are all German the police suspect that they had help from Swedes. A decade later a seemly unconnected murder of a civil servant is investigated by police officers Bo Jarnebring and Anna Holt. The investigation is headed up by an incompetent supervisor, Evert Bäckström and despite the best investigative efforts of the police the murder is unsolved and lumped into a series of homosexual sex crimes. Ten years later the murder case resurfaces and the investigation leads right into the prime minister's cabinet.

This is a very good mystery. It is translated from Swedish and has a clinical documentary style to it. I'm unsure if the author intended this style or it came from the translation but it works well for this story. The majority of the story deals with the murder investigation and the techniques used by the Swedish police. This section is very interesting and as good a police procedural as you'll read. The character development of the major characters is well done and the author gives them enough of a back-story to make you care about them. The section of the book that deals with the investigation of a potential government minister reads like an investigative journalist report. You can really imagine this stuff happening!

I'd highly recommend this book and look forward to more from this author.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Clark on October 31, 2013
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I purchased this book from the good review on Eurocrime. I read police procedurals and mysteries, mostly foreign and often Nordic. This was reviewed as one of the best of the year - but I do not agree. I thought it jumped around in time periods too much, and although the character development was deep, I didn't actually care what happened to any of them. When the murderer was revealed, it was a very slow unwind and just a lot of procedure. I don't need my books to be fast paced all the time, but I knew who did it halfway through and it was a long second half of the book to the conclusion. There was no build up of any suspense or intrigue, and I like to have a little. And the plot itself?? 3 time periods. 80s plot to take over embassy in Sweden foiled but infamous. 90s a guy gets killed and its unsolved. Guy is a jerk. 2000s case is reopened due to new information. The dead guy is finally linked in to assisting with embassy plot years ago, along with 3 others. 1 of them politically connected. Can you guess who did it? Yeah, I thought so.
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By Terreciel on May 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Much of the characters' motivations are so vague or ambiguous that I couldn't get interested in or sympathetic about any of them. I was surprised when I read the author's bio at the end that he is an expert in psychological profiling. The story really dragged. I almost quit during the first section but decided to give it a chance, in case that was only the prelude to the 'real' story, but no, it never did get exciting.
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