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Another Time, Another Life: The Story of a Crime Paperback – October 2, 2012
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“May be just what fans of Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson are looking for.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“A whopper of a thriller.”
“A masterly political thriller that plays in a league of its own.”
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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"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. They tell stories of espionage in the sense of state secrets, but without the too usual glorifying or gratuitous mayhem; they are about human nature, intelligently written; although they take place in Sweden, there is enough Swedish info to give it context, but not be divorced from contemporary events of the broader world by some need to be part of a Viking cottage industry of pot boilers. They are wonderful. I hope Pantheon Books and Random House translate many more of Mr. Persson's books, of which there are many -- growing out of his own long service in Swedish judicial and security issues.
Had the same translator but this American found this translation much easier to follow with more of the adjectives and adverbs in the common order. In this one, there is a less complex plot and only one set of moving characters and we mainly hear their perspectives and that made it easier to follow. The writing and story are very strong and I loved it and recommend it.
The story is about two apparently unrelated cases. We learn quite a lot about the detective work on the second case and neither is solved timely. Many years later, some data base irregularities stimulate our old friend Lars Martin Johansson to start asking questions. Johanssen is now leading the secret police and he pulls in "real detectives" to bring what is knowable to earth. It tracks pretty much as a procedural. There are the usual idiot characters and black humor. As usual all members of the team make a contribution and there is some good and bad luck. One piece of bad luck involved a unrespected policeman trying to give a clue to another who thinks he is a nitwit.The clue is that the nitwit had taken names and license plate numbers in the vicinity of one of the crimes and had been asked about this by the secret police and wanted to give the clue to his regular police team. This was fun since this sort of coincidence usually leads somewhere in fiction.
The interplay among the characters was fun, particularly that related to the growing recognition for competence of a "all girl" team.
The books are not like the TV series.
I note with interest that he (even more than Larsson) provides an added bonus of perfectly serious and pertinent political socio/economic commentaries in a highly readable format of what is, after all, just crime fiction. It's hard to think of an American author of crime fiction right now capable of doing that.
I hope his publishers do not tarry in translating more of his works into English!
In this later novel, the same lead character years on resolves another knotty issue of political concern in Sweden. The writing is good, the story is good, and the two are well worth reading together.
I found Summer dark, and kind of real in a way that pierced through my jaded expectation....this did not do that, though it is a fun and not bad addition to the oeuvre.
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