Thursday, 10 February 2011

CRIME REVIEW: Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End - Leif GW Perrson

Release Date: 03/02/11


The death of an unknown American in Stockholm, though tragic, should be an open-and-shut case, a simple suicide. But when Superintendent Lars Martin Johansson begins to delve beneath the layers of corruption, incompetence and violence currently strangling the Stockholm police department, he uncovers a complex web of treachery, politics and espionage. Johansson quickly realises that there is nothing routine about this little death as it quickly catapults him from mere domestic drama straight to the rotten heart of Sweden's government.


One of the bright sides to getting European Crime Fiction is that they can tap into events that a lot of the English speaking world know very little about, even when its within living memory. What Leif has achieved in this novel is a fictionalised offering that looks at the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme back in 1986. It’s definitely got a huge number of points to give it some real clout and when backed with believable explanation’s as well as characters that you can associate with, makes this perhaps one of this year’s hottest Crime novels from Doubleday.

Finally mix that in with a solid understanding of the criminal mind backed up with a great sense of pace and this title is one that will thrill, chill and fascinate many a reader for years to come.

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