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.
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.
1999: 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 assault on 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 the Swedish political ladder.
Awarded Best Swedish Crime Novel by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers on its original publication in 2003, Another Time, Another Life is an astonishingly accomplished and resonant thriller spanning 25 years, centred around the still-unsolved murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.
This is one of the worst read books I have encountered! The narrator may as well be reading a text book. There is no change in his inflection for the whole book. As to the story, if you believe the writer, the Swedish police are either hopeless or corrupt. However, as he fired from the Swedish National Police Board after he was a whistleblower on a Swedish Minister, one must question his impartiality.