The irascible, obdurate, and very thirsty Detective Superintendent Evert Bäckström of the National Murder Squad returns in a new novel from the reigning master of Scandinavian fiction.
It's the dead of summer in the sleepy town of Växjö when 20-year-old police cadet Linda Wallin is found lying face down in her mother's apartment, brutally murdered and raped. With no clear motive or suspect in sight, a series of bureaucratic mix-ups causes the National Crime Unit to send Bäckström and his team into the countryside to solve the case. The ever-irritable Bäckström leaves his beloved goldfish behind, checks into a local hotel, and begins to reconstruct the night of Linda's murder. But with more than a few bottles in tow and a constantly growling stomach to look after, things don't go so well, and Bäckström has to rely on the help of his colleagues to solve the crime - no matter how angry that makes him.
©2016 Leif GW Persson (P)2016 Random House Audio
"This may be just what fans of Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson are looking for." (Booklist)
"Exceptional.... Persson writes with a sure hand and sharp insight.... Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction will eat it up." (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)
This is a story whose depths, observations you don't really appreciate until it's finished. Backstrom, a sharp, manipulative detective, despite his buffoon antics, almost hides the deeper meanings of our story. He brings a lighter touch to a case of sexual predator functioning in a respected job. Sophisticated big city policing versus their cash strapped country comrades is also emphasized, However, small town policemen, detective's know their fellow citizens and their social context well. This story explores numerous aspects of policing and media coverage affects the cases, and the people concerned. When the story ended, I had a deeper appreciation for the author's ability to showcase a society without lecturing, or being tedious. Please more Inspector Backstrom and his colleagues!
Translation not particularly good, pronounciation of Swedish names of persons and places poor.
Pronounciation of the one German book title in the novel, pathetic.
Leif GW deserves better!
yes. the atmosphere is fabulous and the story is pretty good.
setting is great. also the interaction of the main characters, even if a bit contrived, seems realistic.
robotic narration with strange "authentic " almost dubbed sounding names were so distracting I have no idea what was going on.
Poorly written, not translatable to audio- blabla said, blabla said, blabla said, I was glad when it was over
Yes, but preferably in the original language
Bäckström is funnyly grumpy.
Not unless he was narrating something written originally in English
I think the narrators should be tought correct pronounciation of the original language if the book has been translated. It is sometimes difficult to understand what he is supposed to be saying, especially the surnames of the persons and the town names.
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