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Tussen het verlangen van de zomer en de kou van de winter (The Fall of the Welfare State, #1) (Fall of the Welfare State #1)

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Een Amerikaanse journalist in Stockholm springt op een vrijdagavond in november vanaf de 15e verdieping van een flatgebouw naar beneden. Een eenvoudige zaak voor de politie: zelfmoord. Maar in het hoofd van commissaris Lars M. Johansson blijft de dode man rondspoken — en hij wordt meegesleurd in totaal onverwachte en vreemde gebeurtenissen die zullen leiden tot de moord op ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published 2005 by Uitgeverij Signature (first published 2002)
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Pat
Steig Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy has made quite an impact on the reading public, but many of the themes covered in those novels appeared first in this earlier award-winning thriller, published in Sweden in 2002 and only translated to English in 2010.
The sly, sarcastic tone of this story leads to a disquieting unease and eventually dread as Persson’s depiction of political corruption zeros in on an assassination. The story unfolds through the viewpoints of multiple characters, distinctly drawn.
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Tim
This novel inspires me to identify a new genre in mystery fiction: the police dysfunctional.

Given the current interest in Scandinavian mystery and my enthusiasm for the Beck series (Per Wahlöö and Maj Sjöwall), the Wallander novels by Henning Mankell, the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson, the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbø, and books by Kjell Eriksson, the prospect of this book was irresistible. The cover blurbs looked great, the author has a bunch of cred, what's not to like?

Let me list seven:
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Mysterytribune
For those of you who are looking for new sensational authors from Scandinavia: Leif Persson is a Swedish criminologist and novelist who 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 in his native country of Sweden. Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End is one of his relatively recent works translated int ...more
Χρήστος Καψάλης
Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End είναι ο αγγλόφωνος τίτλος που αποδίδει καλύτερα τον αντίστοιχο σουηδικό. Πρόκειται για το πρώτο μέρος μιας αριστουργηματικής τριλογίας του Leif Persson που πραγματεύεται τη μετάβαση της πρότυπης σκανδιναβικής χώρας από την αθωότητα στην ενοχή.

Βρισκόμαστε στη Στοκχόλμη, το φθινόπωρο του 1985. Είναι το προοίμιο ενός ατέλειωτου χειμώνα που θα σαρώσει τη Σουηδία. Το Σοσιαλδημοκρατικό Κόμμα κυριαρχεί, η Σοβιετική υπερδύναμη μπαίνει για τα καλά στην περεστρόικ
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Jim
It was a rainy weekend in San Francisco, so I finally finished Persson's long, much-heralded ("one of the best Swedish novels of all time") crime novel – more out of a sense of duty rather than curiosity. Last month I'd tossed aside Paul Murray's Skippy Dies because virtually nothing had happened after 300 pages. So I persevered.

The opening is as dark & droll as any fan of Scandinavian mysteries could hope – a doggie out for its walk is bludgeoned by a shoe tumbling after a body tumbling out
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switterbug (Betsey)
At the center of this Swedish espionage thriller is the death of an American journalist, John P. Krassner, circa 1988. Was it an accident, a suicide, or murder? The facts known at the opening is that first his body and then his boot falls from the 16th floor of a student dormitory. The boot struck and killed a Pomeranian named Charlie. Charlie's owner, Vindel, is trying to recount the seconds between the body and the boot falling from the window.

After this wry and arresting opening, the reader
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Vicky
I really wanted to rate Free Falling As If in a Dream, the final volume in the Story of a Crime Trilogy, to which I would give 4 stars, but could not find the English translation on Goodreads. The crime is the unsolved assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986. For some reason, I remember and have remained interested in this event, perhaps because it seemed impossible at the time that such a thing could happen in Sweden. Almost 30 years later and with the statute of limitations ...more
Felice
Before I read Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End I had been thinking of it as a book version of a Law and Order episode. It's the first of a planned trilogy of novels based on a true, unsolved crime, the 1986 assassination of Swedish prime minister Olaf Palme. The author, Leif GW Persson has been an adviser to the Swedish Ministry of Justice, is Sweden’s most renowned psychological profiler and is considered Sweden's foremost expert on crime. So maybe this was going to be the behind the h ...more
Rafal Jasinski
Znakomita powieść, nasuwająca nieodparte skojarzenie, że oto obcuje się z czymś, co mogłoby powstać z połączenia twórczość dość odległych od siebie pisarzy, jakimi są James Ellroy i Stieg Larsson. Zagadka tajemniczej śmierci pewnego dziennikarza jest tylko pretekstem do ukazania kulis politycznych salonów, oraz "gier" między wywiadem, służbami bezpieczeństwa i policją. Autor dość szybko odkrywa karty, natomiast największym smaczkiem jest to, że poszczególni bohaterowie nie wiedzą tego, co wie cz ...more
Julie
If your favorite part of Stieg Larsson's trilogy was the last book, The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest, the part where they go in to detail about the Swedish secret police and all the layers of secrecy and politics and intrigue, then you will love this book. That is the bulk of this book. I know more about the (fictionalized?) layers and history of the Swedish secret police, SePo, than I will ever know or want to know about the CIA or FBI. The plot is based on the real assassination of Olaf P ...more
Karen
As Leif G.W. Persson is a new author for me, I was interested to read the bio in this book:

"Leif Persson is the Grand Master of Scandinavian crime fiction. Over three decades, he has taken a scalpel to the political and social mores of Swedish society in dark, complex and satirical crime novels. His work melds the social realism of a Balzac or a Dickens with the hard-boiled street smarts of a James Ellroy."

Whatever that means..... More importantly, the blurb eventually goes on to note that he is
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Steve P
I would probably give this 2 1/2 starts if I could, but I really struggled with this one. Just as I was starting to get my bearings among the large number of characters introduced early on, the author launched into a second, parallel story line with a whole new group of characters. And while I found the original police procedural story line enjoyable, I thought the second, which involved the Swedish Secret Police, a bit of a slog -- too many cryptic conversations and political maneuverings.

The
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Jindriska Mendozová
Autor knihy, Leif GW Persson, je ve své zemi, tedy ve Švédsku, skutečnou celebritou. Policista, kterého ze sboru v sedmdesátých letech vyhodili, protože podněcoval novináře, aby pátraly po případech korupce, jak u policie, tak ve švédském soudnictví.
Po nuceném odchodu od policie se začal věnovat psaní. V devadesátých letech se ale ke své původní profesi alespoň částečně vrátil. Pracuje jako profesor Švédského národního policejního výboru, byl poradcem ministerstva spravedlnosti, pro různé tele
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Ian
I bailed at page 70.
I think it must be a very poor translation.

The narrative just seems to wander endlessly.

The author takes forever to set the stage and we move back and forth between different policemen and their personalities. It is not easy to follow since the connections between the different characters (mostly cops) are hard to see and I found it hard to connect the dots.

As an aside, one gets the feeling that the Swedish police are not a happy lot. Those that aren't drinking, lying or corr
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Lisa

I do love Scandanavian police procedurals and after reading mixed reviews on Amazon decided to give this one a try... this book offers far more than I would have expected. The author follows multiple characters simultaneously, lending the reader a perspective into the bureaucracy and ineptitude of real world police work, as it truly functions, in any country. His characterizations are excellent. I enjoyed the complexity of the plot and writing as well.

This is the best book I have read in terms
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Sheila
It took me a while to get into this book - just trying to keep the names of all the cops straight was tough - there seemed to be dozens of characters introduced in the first few pages though little snippets of action. The point of view kept changing and you'd suddenly realize (if you were paying attention) that the lummox being derided in one section, was the same fellow you were with a couple of paragraphs previously. I began to wish it had one of those cast of characters lists you find in play ...more
Cynthia Sinsap
If I could give this half a star I would. I found myself racing through the pages trying to find the bits that made this "an award winning Swedish classic"-- "the greatest Swedish crime novel of all time" to quote the blurbs on the book. I've read most of the translated Swedish crime fiction and thoroughly enjoyed the books. Never have a read a book that drug on so badly as this one. I hated the characters-- male dominated abusive language about women-- maybe that was the way things were in the ...more
Nicole
Just to be clear, I really wanted to like this book. As a fan of Stieg Larsson and a few other Swedish authors, this seemed as if it would be right up my alley. Oh, but how wrong I was. I made it through 105 pages before I finally gave up. The first 10 pages were promising, but after that I got bogged down in the sheer number of characters and the complete lack of interesting or seemingly pertinent action. The only reason I made it to page 105 was because I promised myself I would give it at lea ...more
Helen
This is a long book with a convoluted plot and many characters. It took me a while to work out how they related to each other, and also to work out when this is all supposed to be happening, which is never explicitly stated - I think because although the novel is ultimately about the assassination of the Swedish prime minister it is not in fact directly about the real life event of 1986. Perhaps I am wrong about that though! I did place it around that period in the end, but opinions seem to vary ...more
Gary Letham
The first part of a trilogy set against the background of the assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister. Starts somewhat confusingly with many different story threads that gradually knit together to explore the growing dissatisfaction with the socially liberal status quo and the growing migrant influx. A seemingly innocuous suicide starts butterfly wings beating, scooping up right wing policemen, the CIA, the spectre of treachery at the highest levels and off the books secret police operations ...more
Meagan
This is almost certainly one of my least favorite books that I have ever read. If I hadn't been reading it for a class, I wouldn't even have made it halfway through. Nothing HAPPENS in this book. 85% of the way through, the main character admits that there isn't even enough evidence to open a preliminary investigation into the death. There are too many characters, and most of them are despicable. The only parts I was able to appreciate were the bits that echoed themes prevalent in Swedish crime ...more
Greg
I guess I may be a bit shallow. I picked up Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End because I found the title really evocative. The novel itself was a lot less poetic; more like tense and baffling.

The story deals with the aftermath of a seemingly innocuous incident; a man falls from an apartment block to his death. Investigators quickly reach the conclusion that is it suicide, especially since he has left a note in his typewriter starting “I have lived my life caught between the longing of sum
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Jess
This book was a hideous beast. I had heard good things about it from various websites, and as the tagline mentions 'Swedish classic' and I love Scandinavian novels, I was excited to finally find a copy in my local bookstore.

Where do I begin? The punctuation and grammar were off throughout about two-thirds of the novel, the names were confusingly similar, there were two different streams of story that only intertwined in the climax (based on a historical event) at about seven-eighths through...

An
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Stephen Hayes
Over the last 10 years or so Scandinavian crime fiction has come to dominate the genre in the English-speaking world. Many of the books in the genre have a gloomy boozy divorced (or about to be) detective as protagonist. This one is different.

There is no protagonist. We are given glimpses into the lives and loves and hates of members of different branches of the Swedish police as they are touched in some way by the apparent suicide of an American journalist who fell from the 16th floor of a stu
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Col
Synopsis/blurb....


The first novel in a trilogy that has become the defining account of the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme - an event that still haunts the collective Swedish memory.

Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, Leif G.W. 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 leads to the murder of the p
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Gli scrittori svedesi di romanzi gialli sono in costante aumento, ma la quantità non è sinonimo di qualità. La Svezia ha in ogni caso una valida tradizione nel campo del romanzo poliziesco: i primi autori ad essere pubblicati in Italia furono, all'inizio degli anni Sessanta, i coniugi Maj Sjowall e Per Wahloo. Essi crearono il personaggio del commissario Martin Beck della polizia di Stoccolma e dai loro libri vennero tratti alcuni film -il più famoso fu quello che ebbe come interprete Walter Mat ...more
Steve
An excellent mystery novel about an unsolved crime, the assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister in 1986. The novel narrates the events as they might have been before the assassination, focusing on the death of an American journalist who seemingly committed suicide in Stockholm while writing about Sweden’s involvement with the CIA (or OSS) before and after WWII and about who was or might have been a spy for the US and/or the USSR. One detective, however, isn’t satisfied with the explanation, ...more
Steven Z.
Recently I was in a bookstore in Stockholm and when I inquired about Swedish mystery writers other than Henning Mankell. The owner of the store suggested I purchase BETWEEN SUMMER'S LONGING AND WINTER'S END by Leif G.W. Persson. I did just that and finished reading the book which I found interesting in terms of plot development but not as satisfactory as I would have hoped. The story revolves around a plot to kill the Swedish Prime Minister who in real life in 1986 was assassinated after attendi ...more
Lisa Sansone
(2 1/2 stars) I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it was a tough slog for me to get through it. I can't really imagine anyone without a very keen interest in Sweden getting into it. The writer writes in a very dense, almost abstract style, with lots of characters, and little (often droll) snippets of story you have to work to piece together. You really have to commit to this one to be able to make it through. In some ways, it is more of an attempt at a Tolstoy novel (or a wor ...more
Pat
This was OK. I appreciated the author's style, but overall I thought the book was a bit too slowly-paced. Large sections of the book dragged and had no relevance to the conclusion. Also, perhaps I missed something, but it wasn't until the middle of the novel that I realized it was supposed to be set in the 1980s, not the present, which really disoriented me. I paged back looking for clues to the setting and didn't find any explicit mention of the date. My recommendations to anyone picking up thi ...more
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Leif Gustav Willy 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 commentator on the television show Efterl
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