Fall of the Welfare State Trilogy

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 53 ratings

Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End: The Story of a Crime Publisher's Summary

Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End is the first novel in a trilogy that is the defining account of the unsolved assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme in 1986 that still haunts the collective Swedish memory. Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, Persson slowly unravels the complex web of international espionage, greed, sheer incompetence and a poorly constructed Swedish intelligence force, that in this fiction lead to the murder of the Prime Minister. This is a riveting insider's combination of black satire, thriller, psychological drama, and police procedural novel about the biggest police investigation in recorded history.

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  • Book 1

    • Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End: The Story of a Crime

    • By: Leif G. W. Persson, Paul Norlen (translator)
    • Narrated by: David Thorn
    • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End is the first novel in a trilogy that is the defining account of the unsolved assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme in 1986 that still haunts the collective Swedish memory. Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, Persson slowly unravels the complex web of international espionage, greed, sheer incompetence and a poorly constructed Swedish intelligence force, that in this fiction lead to the murder of the Prime Minister.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Complex and Absorbing

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-02-11

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 2

    • Another Time, Another Life

    • The Story of a Crime
    • By: Leif GW Persson
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Another Time, Another Life is a gripping novel, based on real events linked to the still-unsolved assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme. The story picks up in 1989, as the seemingly unrelated stabbing death of a civil servant is investigated by officers Bo Jarnebring and Anna Holt. Under the supervision of their cantankerous, prejudiced, and corrupt superior, Evert Bäckström, the case gets surreptitiously swept under the rug, and the victim is tied to a string of sex-related crimes, despite evidence to the contrary.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting story, poorly written, badly narrated

    • By Gregory J. Eck on 01-08-13

    Regular price: $33.60

    • Another Time, Another Life

    • By: Leif G W Perrson
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Stockholm1975: 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.

    Regular price: $24.78

  • Book 3

    • Falling Freely, as If in a Dream

    • The Story of a Crime 3
    • By: Leif G W Persson
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 22 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    It's August 2007, and Lars Martin Johansson, chief of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Sweden, has opened the files on the unsolved murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme. With his retirement quickly closing in, 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.

    Regular price: $26.85

    • Free Falling, As If in a Dream

    • The Story of a Crime, Book 3
    • By: Leif GW Persson, Paul Norlen (translator)
    • Narrated by: Erik Davies
    • Length: 23 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    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. 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.

    Regular price: $42.00