Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End

Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End

The Story of A Crime

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780307377456
Branch Call Number: PER
Characteristics: 551 p. ;,25 cm

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emerge
Nov 30, 2016

This is a slow moving, dense book full of biting satire & thinly veiled shots at Sweden's bloated security services. The misogyny & racism may be a turn off for some but the author is clearly using the complex plot as an expose of some of the radical groups in their country.
More literary fiction than page turner.

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sharon711
Oct 05, 2014

It is difficult to like any of the characters in this tawdry book, male or female. However, the author's scenario surrounding the assassination of Sweden's prime minister is plausible, especially given his background in law enforcement. If the author's intent was to expose the inefficiency, the crookedness and downright ineptitude in police forces around the world, he did a great job. I found this depressing!

ChristchurchLib Mar 09, 2014

"In this 1st entry in a trilogy inspired by the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme, the action begins with the death of an American journalist in Stockholm. Though the man's death is officially labelled a suicide, world-weary Stockholm cop Johansson starts his own investigation, uncovering the edges of a vast conspiracy. Marked with cynicism, brutality, and some truly terrible men, this leisurely paced novel also offers dark humour." http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/4e094271-7a6c-4526-9ef2-415c153c18ca?postId=18927596-1a79-4a5f-8a46-86587c18fccf

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cheadlebeagle
Apr 07, 2011

Although this was written before the Stieg Larsson trilogy it has the same feel about it. I started this book with good intentions but I found it was quite boring and needlessly complex in the way the story is told. Too much information about the Swedish secret service and too many characters who I just didn't care about. I'm afraid I gave up on it.

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