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Free Falling, As If in a Dream: The Story of a Crime [Kindle Edition]

Leif Gw Persson , Paul Norlen
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Book Description

From the grand master of Scandinavian crime fiction—and one of the best crime writers of our time—here is the final volume in the critically acclaimed Story of a Crime trilogy, centered on the assassination of Olof Palme in 1986.
It’s August 2007, and Lars Martin Johansson, chief of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Sweden, is determined once again to reopen the dusty files on the unsolved murder of Prime Minister Palme. With his retirement quickly approaching, Johansson forms a new group, comprised of a few trustworthy detectives who doggedly wade through mountains of paperwork and pursue new leads in a case that has all but gone cold despite the open wound the assassination has left on the consciousness of Swedish society. But the closer the group gets to the truth, the more Johansson compromises the greater good for personal gain, becoming a pawn in the private vendetta of a shady political spin doctor.
A detailed and boldly plotted police procedural, Free Falling, As If in a Dream lifts the veil on one of history’s greatest unsolved crimes, bringing dark humor, suspense, and wit to bear on a case long thought to have no answers.

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Editorial Reviews

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Swedish crime fiction had a solid fan base in North America even before Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy hit the shelves, but since then the onslaught of new authors has become a tidal wave. Persson’s trilogy of crime novels featuring Lars Martin Johansson (introduced in the author’s first novel, 1978’s The Pig Party) was originally published from 2002 through 2007 but didn’t start appearing in English translation until 2010. Here, in the concluding volume, Lars Martin is now the head of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He remains obsessed with the still-unsolved 1986 assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme, and now he has taken the highly unusual—and politically unwise—step of reopening the investigation. How much of his own life and career (not to mention sanity) is he willing to sacrifice to find, more than two decades later, Palme’s killer? A gripping novel and a fitting conclusion to a trilogy that, in many ways, is nearly as powerful as Larsson’s blockbusters. --David Pitt


Praise for Another Time, Another Life
“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 Reviews
  “Exceptional . . . Persson writes with a sure hand and sharp insight. His detectives are human, interesting, and fallible . . . Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction will eat it up.” —Library Journal
Praise for Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End
“Unquestionably the best Swedish crime novel I’ve read so far . . . Persson’s sardonic description of how both uniformed and secret police operate is devastating and, at times, acidly funny.” —The Boston Globe
“Something possibly unique in modern crime fiction: a dark, dark comedy of crossed purposes, mistakes, and misunderstanding that result, almost coincidentally, in the assassination of a prime minister. [An] exceptional novel.” —Library Journal
“Laced with irony and satire . . . Persson does a fine job of pitting one desperate soul against another in a philosophically charged tale worthy of Ingmar Bergman—but with lots more guns.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Persson tells a story that keeps us alternately bemused, aghast, and guessing
to the end.” —Sacramento Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 1682 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (February 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EX475SE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous March 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished reading all three books dealing with the unsolved murder of Olaf Palme. I did not think I would like the historical aspect of the books, but I was wrong. They are not big action books, but the psychological aspect of theories and the investigation hooks you from the start. The first two are Between Summer's Longing and winter's End, and Another Time Another Life. I suggest they are read in order as this tale encompases more than 20 years of investigation.

The relationships and personalities throughout the books within the teams bring together diverse people with the same goal. Each with their own tallents working to the resolution of the muder of the Swedish prime Minister.

If, for any other reason to read Mr. Persson's books, there is a character named Backstrom, we all know a "Backstrom". One of the most amusing characters I have encountered, think the crazy uncle you have to invite to Thanksgiving. He is in all three of the books.

There is subtle humor, many motives to their actions and a true understanding and respect of eachother in the small team...except for Backstrom:)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Dragon Tattoo June 10, 2014
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Leif Perssson has become my favorite Scandinavian mystery author. His writing is crisp, his characters are credible and his dialog is excellent. Given the author's background, the reader continually wonders about how much of the fiction is based on fact. This is the third volume of his "Fall of the Welfare State" trilogy.. The first two volumes are based loosely on events leading up to the still unsolved assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. This third volume is a procedural and takes place 20 years after the assassination. A small group of police methodically go through the evidence and arrive at a conclusion very different than the official one.

Persson's trilogy covers much of the same ground as Stieg Larsson "Dragon Tattoo" trilogy but is better written and more credible. All Persson lacks is a character as compelling as Larsson's Lizbeth Salander.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good if tidy March 31, 2014
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i found this a satisfying if tidy wrap up to the questions Persson puts forward in Between Summers longing. Plausible, a decent mystery and a credible lead up to the conclusion. The interludes with Backstrom are hilarious.
I missed the lyricism and conspiracy of the first book - this was much more straight procedural.
a good coda, not great. Fans of the first book will like it, if not love it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The conclusion to this Swedish trilogy is very good September 16, 2014
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I have read Mr. Persson's two earlier novels, which is helpful. This one, the last of a trilogy sets out to de-mystify the stalled investigation into the assassination of Olme Palme, the Sweedish Prime Minister. The author has a deep background in police work and security. He has a sly sense of humor and introduces a Persson as a minor character, described as weighing 400 pounds. His description of the inept and toxic Backstrom is hilarious. This is far superior to Steig Larsson. It is not a fast or easy read, but really rewarding. Like the real life Yorkshire Ripper investigation, lthe police stalled out on false leads and an inability to index and summarize the massive record they accumulated. The explanation is plausible.
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