He daily paper and nuggets of literature but he eeds his body with high volumes of the wrong cholesterol and carbs One day after buying his typical sausage meal rom his avorite kiosk he collapses ending up hospitalized with a blood clot in his brain and an overstressed heart His wife Pia twenty years younger and devoted to him is tormented by his condition and is vigilant toward his care and wellbeing It is The Northman's Bride from his hospital bed that Lars is lured into a 25 year old unsolved rape murder case of a nine year old child Yasmine Ermegan presented to him by his neurologist daughter of a vicar who on his deathbed admitted to her that an elderly parishioner confessed that she knew the perp but the name remains unknown to all alive as the vicar took it to his grave Thus begins Larsirst informal murder investigation since his retirement a case under the new law that is prescribed meaning that the statute of limitations has passed and the murderer cannot be punished Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam for that crime even if discovered But that doesn t stop Lars He is still well connected but this is off the books and must be done slyly and with helprom old riends and newGW Persson hooked me with the two alternate stories one crime solving with delightful deductive and inductive reasoning by Lars supported by his caregivers with their own keen contributions and his best riend another retired detective who was on the case when it was Leading the Way fresh and the slender information amassed in the caseiles The investigation is girdled by Lars precarious health condition such as weakness atigue right armhand numbness an oversized heart labile mood and the challenge to change his lifestyle in order to survive Previously independent in all matters Lars is orced to rely on others to complete activities of daily living and some of the logistics of solving the crime The pensioner s witty observations and complaints are spoken with silent ripostes mingled with direct ones and his attempts to undermine a healthy diet and lifestyle add humor and pathos Although Lars ignored early warning signs to his impending neurological stroke such as memory loss his reasoning skills are very much intact and he s a brilliant laconic self possessed detective Physical recovery is the harder cross to bear with one step The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace forward and two backward the way a criminal investigation tends to go However the pensioner accepts the vicissitudes of the investigation with impunity meanwhile roaring over his mortal restrictionsDespite the 400 pages in tightly packed print the pages soonly as you re sucked into the story Johansson who appeared in Persson s earlier works is When Red Cried Wolf fleshed out and three dimensional here an endearing and taciturn manighting crime and mortality in the only way he knows with gusto and gumption a consummate professional but stubborn as well acing the coldest case and the most brutal redemption of his life First rate and page turning45 rounded up This book was listed as a stand alone novel by author Leif GW Persson Although Persson is a well known Swedish novelist and criminologist I had not read any of his books before but soon discovered that he has written eight crime novels eaturing detectives Jarnebring andor Johansson of which this is the eighth with books 4 6 being known as the Fall of the Welfare State Trilogy and Book 7 the The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing first in the Evert Backstrom Linda novels Asar as I can tell his Song of the Forest first three books have not been translated into English yet and as always we seem to receive booksrom Scandinavia in bits and pieces out Lars Martin Johansson is determined to solve the atrocious crime – rom his deathbedThe inimitable style distinct voice and dark humour of Leif GW Persson along with the ascinating exploration of a long cold murder case serves to make The Dying Detective a true masterpiece of the genre.
S how I A Constellation of Vital Phenomena feelrom having experienced thisFilled to the brim with simplicities a language so dated that every single character is unbelievable and an ending that everybody is able to tell rom the start Hard boiled male characters everywhereThe author is a Swedish professor in criminology Too bad that doesn t showI must say I ell asleep during several trials of reading this That s something The Dying Detective is a wonderful novel that transcends genres It is a literary in depth character study love story mystery and morality tale It offers up a dazzling array of unexpected gifts to the readerLars Martin Johansson Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights for A ScandiCrime written by Leif Persson it has his trademark subtle and dark humour and incorporates Swedish cultural and political history which I really like The strong and likeable character of the retired police chief Lars Martin Johansson is at the heart of the story with his refusal to give up on a cold caserom 1986 Still Life with Chickens from his hospital bed Theact the case is conducted Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea from his hospital bed lends the story a strong cerebral uality This is not your run aroundast paced affair The detective is nearing the end of his life and this is his last case which lends the story an inescapable emotional poignancyJohansson is paying the price of his life of excess and stress and has suffered a stroke He happens to acuire critical information 45 stars I had no idea that this book was part of a series when I checked it out of the library With that said I must admit that I really wish I had the opportunity to read the other books prior to this one primarily Paradox Bound for detailed character background information There were definitely times when I was reading this that Ielt as if I was missing somethingOverall though this was a really good book The plot of the book centers around a retired police officer who has a stroke and winds up admitted to the hospital or a lengthy stay During that time he makes a personal connection with his doctor and she brings up a murder that occurred 25 years prior A little girl was savagely attacked raped and murdered and her killer was never ound The doctor tells the officer that her STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare father was a man of the cloth and that during a confession the name of the killer was revealed to him Herather is deceased but she wants to know if he would be interested in reviewing the case He agrees but the case comes with a hitch A new law has been passed and the statute of limitations or this case has since passed so even if a perpetrator is ound he cannot be charged with the crimeThis story is really well written I was uite interested in the deductive reasoning the retired officer used to determine who the killer was Beyond that the supporting character development is Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays fabulous Perssonlushes out each of the supporting roles in a detailed Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All fashion interestingly through the retired officer s eyes which may or may not be reliable The officer himself believes he is dying and often times he is uite crass I would like to know what is personality is like in other booksThis was a great book with a satisfying and somewhat surprising conclusion I m not sure how many other books in the series have been translated to English but I would definitely be interested in reading them Lars Martin Johansson retired crackerjack police detective andormer head of the National Criminal Police in Stockholm was the man who could see around corners Unfortunately he has let his body go slack since becoming a pensioner and he is lucky to see his What a Lass Wants feet He nourishes his mind with He hospital a chance encounter with a neurologist provides an important piece of information about a 25 year old murder investigation and alerts Lars Martin Johansson's irrepressible police instincts The periodor prosecution expired just weeks earlier and that isn't the only limitation.
Shortlisted Petrona Award 2017still I am not impressedI have read better crime ictonMy advice try Pierre Lemaitre That Perrson manages to keep you hooked using a detective who s a retired sick overweight Chief of Police who is o Lars Martin Johansson retired chief of the Swedish National Criminal Police was having such a nice day One minute he was standing in line or a hot dog at his Mexican Hooker favourite kiosk the next everything went black When he comes to in hospital he s told all those years of inactivityine dining have caught up with him His struggling heart caused a stroke Over the next The League for the Suppression of Celery few days visitors trickle in out as Lars comes to grips with his immortality But it s his doctor who provides a welcome distraction Dr Ulrika Stenholm sather was a priest who recently died On his death bed he told her a parishioner had once confessed to knowing who was behind the rapemurder of 9 year old Yasmine Ermegan in 1985 They knew the girl Ulrika is upset that her The Thirteen-Gun Salute father couldn t disclose the information at the time She knows who Lars is wonders if he might take another look at the caseLars wasn t part of the original investigation so enlists the help oformer colleague Bo Jarnebring to bring him up to speed Bo begins to drop by every day relating details between Lars rehab sessions Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery freuent naps Meanwhile wife Pia is determined to curb her husband s bad habits begin to planor the day he comes homeFor the irst half of the book Lars is in hospital trying to recover while learning about Yasmine s short life horrible death You might think it would make or a slow dull read but oddly enough I The Day Fidel Died found myself caught up in her story eagerly waitedor Bo to deliver the next instalment It s kind of like getting a ew chapters of a bedtime story each night when you were a childOnce Lars is released he s able to take on a active role in the investigation uickly co opts his 2 home care providers Matilda is a smart young woman who easily deflects her boss comments about her tattoos Max is a strong Russian labourer whose own past gives him motives to help solve the case They make a uirky team their interactions lend a gentle wry humour to the storyIf you ve read the author s Fall of the Welfare State trilogy you ll recognize some of the characters as well as his trademark literary style of prose At times it reminded me of an Hercule Poirot mystery with a definite emphasis on using one s little grey cells as opposed to muscle Like the Belgian detective Lars is a astidious man who enjoys his creature comforts But the stroke has left him rustrated and scared by his physical mental limitations Watching him pick apart the old case is ascinating I became uite attached to the cranky old copper There s also bittersweet sadness as you watch Lars struggle to accept a reduced life governed by rehab medication You re never in doubt he ll Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge find the killer but the circumstances raise an interesting moral dilemma What do you do when youind the person responsible The Outlaw and the Upstart King for such a horrendous act after the statute of limitations has run out There is no shortage of people with suggestionsor what he deserves Lars personal ethics are sorely tested The ending is ull of surprises ramifications or most of the characters I m willing to bet a lot of readers will be caught off guard as well This is not a Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War fast paced guns drawn things go boom thriller It s a literary mystery with a smart intricate plot that allows you to just sit back listen while someone tells you a great story Wonderful Jostle me and kill me That. Retired Chief of the National Crime Police and Swedish Security Service Lars Martin Johansson has just suffered a stroke He is paying the priceor a life of excess stress good ood and ine wine With his dangerously high blood pressure his heart could ail at the slightest excitementIn
Leif Gustav Willy Persson better known as Leif GW Persson is a Swedish criminologist and novelist He was a professor in criminology at the Swedish National Police Board from 1992 to 2008 He is known for his crime fiction novels and for his regular appearances as an expert commentator on notable crime cases in television and newspapers Between 1999 and 2009 he participated as an expert comme