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

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A young man falls to his death from a window in a student dorm in Stockholm, his loose shoe striking and killing the little dog being taken for his evening walk by an old man. It seems to be a mundane suicide—at least that’s what the police choose to think. But the young man is American, not Swedish, and there are a couple of odd things about his room when they search it. . . .

 

From these tiny beginnings, Leif GW Persson slowly begins to unravel a puzzle that gets larger and larger as it becomes more and more complex, until it sweeps us into a web of international espionage, backroom politics, greed, sheer incompetence, and the shoddy work of Sweden’s intelligence force that leads to the murder of the prime minister.

 

The first novel in a dark and dazzling trilogy that has become the defining fictional account of the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme—an event that triggered the biggest criminal investigation in recorded history—Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End is a riveting insider’s combination of black satire, thriller, psychological drama, and police procedural by a writer universally acknowledged as Sweden’s leading criminologist.

Review:

"The apparent suicide of an American journalist in 1970s Stockholm propels Persson's ponderous English debut, the first of a trilogy. The victim, John Krassner, was working on a book detailing the exploits of his uncle, Col. John Buchanan, an OSS agent in the years following WWII and Buchanan's ties to a now high-ranking Swedish politician known by the code name 'Pilgrim.' The Swedish secret police, who were hearing chatter concerning threats to the Swedish prime minister, had been keeping an eye on Krassner at the time of his death. Curious about Krassner after discovering a personal connection to the case, police superintendent Lars Johansson begins his own inquiry and unearths more than he bargained for, including disparate pieces of a vast political conspiracy. In contrast to the work of Stieg Larsson, this thriller lacks both memorable characters and a streamlined plot. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, Persson slowly unravels the complex web of international espionage, greed, sheer incompetence, and work by a poorly constructed Swedish intelligence force that in this fiction lead to the murder of the Swedish prime minister Olaf Palme.

Synopsis:

A young man falls to his death from a window in a student dorm in Stockholm, his loose shoe striking and killing the little dog being taken for his evening walk by an old man. It seems to be a mundane suicide--at least that's what the police choose to think. But the young man is American, not Swedish, and there are a couple of odd things about his room when they search it. . . .

From these tiny beginnings, Leif GW Persson slowly begins to unravel a puzzle that gets larger and larger as it becomes more and more complex, until it sweeps us into a web of international espionage, backroom politics, greed, sheer incompetence, and the shoddy work of Sweden's intelligence force that leads to the murder of the prime minister.

The first novel in a dark and dazzling trilogy that has become the defining fictional account of the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme--an event that triggered the biggest criminal investigation in recorded history--Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End is a riveting insider's combination of black satire, thriller, psychological drama, and police procedural by a writer universally acknowledged as Sweden's leading criminologist.

Synopsis:

The first novel in a trilogy that has become the defining account of the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme—an event that still haunts his country’s collective memory.

 

Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, Leif GW Persson slowly unravels the complex web of international espionage, greed, sheer incompetence, and shoddy work by a poorly structured Swedish intelligence force that, in this fictional account, led to the murder of the prime minister. 

 

Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End is a riveting insider’s combination of black satire, thriller, psychological drama, and police procedural about one of the biggest criminal investigations in recorded history.

About 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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M E Sheel, September 20, 2012 (view all comments by M E Sheel)
I highly recommend this book. I could barely put it down.

You'll like this book if:
- You like serpentine storylines: the story is great - Mr. Persson just reveals it to you the way it happened in real life. So, you have to keep the bits and pieces together in your head, until they fall into place
- You like history (WWII) and spy novels: This is not the main thrust of the story as it takes place in the '80s, but it is based on activities which happened just after the fall of Germany in 1945
- You generally appreciate the Nordic sensibility: Mr. Persson writes in a very matter-of-fact way - almost tongue-in-cheek. This method is great - lending humor to dour family lives and distance to the sexual tastes of one of the characters.



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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307377456
Subtitle:
The Story of a Crime (1)
Author:
Persson, Leif Gw
Translator:
Norlen, Paul
Author:
Persson, Leif G. W.
Author:
Norlen, Paul
Publisher:
Pantheon
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Publication Date:
20100914
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.55 x 6.25 x 1.4 in 1.8 lb

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Product details 560 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780307377456 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The apparent suicide of an American journalist in 1970s Stockholm propels Persson's ponderous English debut, the first of a trilogy. The victim, John Krassner, was working on a book detailing the exploits of his uncle, Col. John Buchanan, an OSS agent in the years following WWII and Buchanan's ties to a now high-ranking Swedish politician known by the code name 'Pilgrim.' The Swedish secret police, who were hearing chatter concerning threats to the Swedish prime minister, had been keeping an eye on Krassner at the time of his death. Curious about Krassner after discovering a personal connection to the case, police superintendent Lars Johansson begins his own inquiry and unearths more than he bargained for, including disparate pieces of a vast political conspiracy. In contrast to the work of Stieg Larsson, this thriller lacks both memorable characters and a streamlined plot. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, Persson slowly unravels the complex web of international espionage, greed, sheer incompetence, and work by a poorly constructed Swedish intelligence force that in this fiction lead to the murder of the Swedish prime minister Olaf Palme.
"Synopsis" by , A young man falls to his death from a window in a student dorm in Stockholm, his loose shoe striking and killing the little dog being taken for his evening walk by an old man. It seems to be a mundane suicide--at least that's what the police choose to think. But the young man is American, not Swedish, and there are a couple of odd things about his room when they search it. . . .

From these tiny beginnings, Leif GW Persson slowly begins to unravel a puzzle that gets larger and larger as it becomes more and more complex, until it sweeps us into a web of international espionage, backroom politics, greed, sheer incompetence, and the shoddy work of Sweden's intelligence force that leads to the murder of the prime minister.

The first novel in a dark and dazzling trilogy that has become the defining fictional account of the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme--an event that triggered the biggest criminal investigation in recorded history--Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End is a riveting insider's combination of black satire, thriller, psychological drama, and police procedural by a writer universally acknowledged as Sweden's leading criminologist.

"Synopsis" by , The first novel in a trilogy that has become the defining account of the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme—an event that still haunts his country’s collective memory.

 

Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, Leif GW Persson slowly unravels the complex web of international espionage, greed, sheer incompetence, and shoddy work by a poorly structured Swedish intelligence force that, in this fictional account, led to the murder of the prime minister. 

 

Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End is a riveting insider’s combination of black satire, thriller, psychological drama, and police procedural about one of the biggest criminal investigations in recorded history.

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