Another Time, Another Life: The Story of a Crime

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From the grand master of Scandinavian crime fiction—and one of the best crime writers of our time—a critically acclaimed novel bristling with dramatic intensity and wit, centered around the unsolved murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.

Stockholm, 1975: Six young people take the entire staff of the West German embassy hostage, demanding that the Baader-Meinhof members being held as prisoners in West Germany be released immediately. The long siege ends with the deaths of ...

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From the grand master of Scandinavian crime fiction—and one of the best crime writers of our time—a critically acclaimed novel bristling with dramatic intensity and wit, centered around the unsolved murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.

Stockholm, 1975: Six young people take the entire staff of the West German embassy hostage, demanding that the Baader-Meinhof members being held as prisoners in West Germany be released immediately. The long siege ends with the deaths of two hostages and the wounding of several others, including the captors. Flash forward to 1989: When a Swedish civil servant is murdered, the two leading detectives on the case, Anna Holt and Bo Jarnebring, find their investigation hastily shelved by an incompetent and corrupt senior investigator. Ten years later: Lars Johansson, having just joined the Swedish Security Police, decides to tie up a few loose ends left behind by his predecessor: specifically, two files on Swedes who had allegedly collaborated on the 1975 takeover of the West German embassy, one of whom turned out to be the murder victim in 1989. Johansson reopens the investigation and, with help from detectives Jarnebring and Holt, follows the leads—right up to the doorstep of Sweden's newly minted minister of justice.

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Publishers Weekly
The real-life 1975 siege of the West German embassy in Stockholm by six young terrorists drives Persson’s ambitious second installment in his crime trilogy focused on Swedish politics (after 2010’s Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End). In 1989, inspector Anna Holt and assistant detective Bo Jarnebring investigate a Swedish civil servant’s murder, but their corrupt boss thwarts their efforts. In 2000, Lars Johansson, newly appointed to the Swedish Security Police (aka SePo), reopens both cases and uncovers a link. The author’s straightforward journalistic approach makes the historical events seem remote and unapproachable, akin to a documentary-style police procedural. But the look at the fictional individual detectives and their fates through the years enriches the story. Good cops continue to be honest; some bad cops get their comeuppance, while other dishonest cops are promoted. In the end, politics trumps justice. Agent: Niclas Salomonsson, Salomonsson Agency. (Mar.)
Library Journal
The second novel in Persson's trilogy featuring Swedish cop Lars Johansson is as exceptional as his debut, Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End. This tangled tale of high crime and flexible morals begins with the 1975 occupation of the West German embassy in Stockholm by members of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist gang and culminates in a retrospective investigation 25 years later to determine who helped the terrorists. In the process, an unsolved 1989 murder is reexamined. Are the two events connected? Persson, a noted criminal profiler, writes with a sure hand and sharp insight. His detectives are human, interesting, and fallible. Some of them really want nothing more than to catch the bad guys, but others simply want to avoid doing work. The lead detective in the 1989 investigation is utterly incompetent and as unpleasant a homophobe as you will meet. But as for Johansson and his dogged and highly capable team of investigators—well, to know them is to approve of them. VERDICT Another winner from Persson. If anything, it's even better than the first book. Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction will eat it up. [20,000-copy first printing.]—David Keymer, Modesto, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385614207
  • Publisher: Doubleday Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

LEIF GW PERSSON has chronicled the political and social development of modern Swedish society in his award-winning 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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