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Faller fritt som i en dröm (Fall of the Welfare State #3)

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15 augusti 2007 och måttet är rågat för Lars Martin Johansson, chef för rikskriminalen. Han tänker klara upp Palme-mordet. Tidpunkten för preskription ligger inte alltför långt bort, och hans egen pensionering kryper närmare. Vad vore bättre än att kröna karriären med en lösning av detta fall?
I hemlighet samlar han de vassaste medarbetarna, förnekar i media att en ny utred
Paperback, 551 pages
Published 2012 by Albert Bonniers Förlag (first published 2007)
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Oct 15, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiction is stranger than fact...

Lars Martin Johansson, Chief of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, decides to have a final shot at solving the twenty-year old assassination of then Prime Minister of Sweden, Olof Palme. Pulling together a small team of his best detectives, he gets them to begin a review of the huge amount of paperwork relating to the investigation, trusting that fresh eyes might spot something previously overlooked. Meantime, Chief Inspector Bäckström, now sidelined t
May 26, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I really didn't read this in Swedish; the Goodreads app wouldn't record the translated version. The title is Free Falling, As If In A Dream and is written by Leif GW Persson. Persson has chronicled the political and social development of modern Swedish society in his award winning novels for thirty years. He is Sweden's most renowned psychological profiler and a professor at the National Police Board and the foremost expert on crime.

This novel represents the final volume in the crime trilogy cen
Jan 23, 2015 Palmreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This trilogy is an amazing work of fiction. That there is a mystery involved is merely icing on the cake. The writing is taut and worthy of any literary fiction. The characters are evolved and dialogue is interesting, well thought out and entirely believable.
Trying to remember that this is not "true crime" is difficult because it is all so plausible. I am in awe of the translator, who must have felt that they were actually writing a new book.
My one caveat is that this is not an easy read. It req
Apr 21, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent conclusion to the Fall of the Welfare State trilogy. While this book can stand on its own, you will want to read these in order because they do build on each other. Plus, you really learn what happened in the first volume.

The new plot here is the death of a retired Swedish police officer off the coast of Spain. As with the previous novels, all threads tie back to the murder of Olaf Palme on the streets of Stockholm. Plenty of amusing writing and dialogue, and the oafish Backstrom pushe
Nov 30, 2016 Barry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2016
As usual, I found the journey more satisfying than the destination.
John Brooke
Apr 10, 2015 John Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leif GW Persson is (in my humble opinion) the best Swedish crime writer. Which is to say: the one I most admire and enjoy. Funny in both a satirical and whimsical manner. Encyclopedic as to the police-political nexus. Audacious in his ploddingly compelling structuring of an almost 600-page story. And starkly poetic just sometimes, but enough.

I put ‘funny’ at the head of my list. Funny is a literary quality I hold in high esteem, the more so when a story concerns the darker aspects of life and so
Feb 07, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I signed up to goodreads today just so I could review this book, which I just finished yesterday.

This is the third book of Perrson's The Story of a Crime trilogy, the titular crime being the 1986 assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister, Olaf Palme, which has never been solved. In this fictional treatment, the author proposes a solution that seems highly plausible, if thoroughly chilling. And if his fictional musings happen to come anywhere close to the truth, it's clear that there will never
Insomma. Ecco. Con tutta la buona volontà eh.
E' da un po' di sere che lo porto avanti, arrivata a pg 200. Bon.
Fa venire un sonnooooooooo!
Diciamo che é proprio quello che ci vuole se uno soffre d'insonnia, ti abbiocca lì sul posto.
A me interessava anche saperne di più sull'omicidio Palme, 1986, ma sapere anche la velocità in cm al secondo dell'assassino che fugge dal luogo dell'omicidio con tanto di nome e cognome di vie (le so a memoria! Tunnelgatan é quello che ricorre maggiormente con le sue
Thomas Strömquist
The last book of the second trilogy from professor Persson, also known as Fall of the Welfare State (Välfärdsstatens fall), and arguably the best one. GW's fictionalized take on the prime minister Palme assassination, as well a a great number of other events comes to rest in this one (in one way or another, one thing you may be certain of is that this author will rarely pack things up neatly for you). I think that Persson shoulders the inheritance from Maj Sjöwall/Per Wahlöö better than anyone. ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Final volume in a trilogy. (It would probably be better to read them closer together than I have as I couldn't remember all the details from the earlier books which are relevant!) This one combines truth and, presumably, fiction, as it's based on a re-examination of the Palme murder, which is still unsolved. The dreadful Evert Backstrom reappears, although he is still professionally sidelined (and he does actually get close to the truth). The murder is solved in the novel but in a way which ...more
This is the final book in Persson's Fall of the welfare state trilogy. If you have read the previous 2 books in the series it is very easy to follow, setting out how Martin Lars Johansson and his elite team work out whodunit. Readers of the first 2 books already know what happened but this book wraps up the series nicely and really adds to Persson's view of the notorious Swedish murder of prime minister Olaf Palme, a real life mystery to this day. Persson writes fiction, but as a very ...more
Feb 27, 2016 PekelnáLucie rated it liked it
V českém překladu - Volně padat jako ve snu

Výborná detektivka, na můj vkus ale neúnosně dlouhá, česká verze má 650 stran a rozhodně by to šlo zkrátit na 400. Pak by odpadl i druhý problém, který jsem s knihou měla - vyskytovaly se zde rozhovory, popisy a situace, které se ukázaly pro děj jako zbytečné. Při čtení tolik nevadily, ale natahovaly knihu na pomalu neučtitelnou délku.

Navíc je kniha velká a těžká, takže nešla nosit s sebou, četla jsem si jen doma a tedy mi její přečtení zabralo měsíc.
Jul 27, 2011 Bartek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Można napisać wiele słów o zamknięciu trylogii policyjnej.
Persson przedstawia pewną, przecież nie wykluczoną, wersję zdarzeń. I robi to, za co spora część czytelników go pokochała: daje bogatą w wątki i bohaterów powieść, w której równie ciekawe jak śledztwo (cold case morderstwa Palmego) są poczynania i przemyślenia poszczególnych policjantów.
W tym wyjątkowo niekompetentnych.
Podsumowując: prawda zostaje wyjaśniona, jednak - jak mówi jeden z architektów zdarzeń - może na zawsze pozostanie ukryta
Monica Co
Dec 14, 2014 Monica Co rated it really liked it
This novel is about the conspirancy behind the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme, back in 1986. Twenty years later, a team led by Police Chief Lars Martin Johansson, decides to work again on the case. The investigation will lead to findings that the Police will prefer to approach in an "unconventional" way, because the truth might be too unconvenient to share with the public opinion.

Gary Letham
Jun 13, 2015 Gary Letham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third and final installment of the "Story of a Crime" trilogy does not disappoint. Twenty five years since we first met Lars Martin Johannsen as a divorcee and shining rising light in the Swedish police his story comes to an end. A chance question asked by his wife Pia in book two moves Lars to secretly investigate the unsolved Olaf Palme assassination. The threads of books one and two are finally tied in an outcome that surprises and ultimately suits the still unsolved case.
Overall an enjoyable piece of crime fiction that builds up slowly but is always suspenseful. The plot itself is fairly interesting: it deals with the assassination of Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister. What was a little odd was the way the author always tried to insert additional information about the detectives dealing with the cases - it didn't feel very organic, but it was done in a way that I have to suspect it's intentional. Either way, it was an enjoyable read.
Mildred Merz
Jan 16, 2015 Mildred Merz rated it really liked it
Definitely need to read the other books in this trilogy first. Here the assassination of Palme is finally solved. Plot is quite complicated, lots of characters. Those involved in investigation are well developed--their romantic lives add a bit of lightness to the dark story. For some reason Goodreads does not include the English translation which I read. It has a beautiful title--Free Falling as if in a Dream.
Fredrik Lönnqvist
Leif GW:s teori om Olof Palme mordet! Den absolut bästa boken i denna trilogi. Rekommenderas varmt om man gillar lite långsammare och utförligare handling. Fokus ligger inte på spänning som övriga deckare, utan snarare mera på polisarbete och även intriger och konspirationer som uppstår inom polisen.
Jun 10, 2013 Manolis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...και χώρισαν μερικά χρόνια αργότερα, όταν οι διαφορές μεταξύ τους είχαν γίνει πολύ μεγάλες για να μπορέσουν να επιδιορθωθούν από μιαν αγάπη που ολοένα στέρευε.
Ένας καλός άνθρωπος που ζούσε μια θλιβερή ζωή.
Επέδειξε μία ψευδή μετριοφροσύνη ανωτάτου βαθμού...
"Εγώ δεν ανησυχώ ποτέ. Η ανησυχία δεν είναι ο τομέας μου"
"Το αύριο έχει τις δικές του έγνοιες"
Michele J
Feb 11, 2015 Michele J rated it it was amazing
The final book in Leif Persson's trilogy. Starts out slow,but builds momentum and totally captures the reader with interesting characters and engrossing plot. Looking forward to more books in the future with some of the protagonists introduced in this series.
Mar 18, 2014 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Good wrap up of this series. It started a little slow, as it was sort of reviewing the old case. And since it has been a few years since the first book, I was trying to remember what happened and why.

Overall, a complex series with many characters, many story lines.
Jun 16, 2014 Traveler411 rated it liked it
Best of the three. English, Free Falling as if in a Dream.
If you like Swedish food, you'll get hungry reading this book.
Mary Ahlgren
Mar 22, 2014 Mary Ahlgren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book pleased me in many many ways. History, Sweden, the way we try so hard to find answers, imperfect humanity. I thought it was exceptional.
Jan 07, 2011 Timo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: äänikirjat
Olipas tylsä.
Viisikko yrittämässä ratkoa Palmen murhaa syömisen välissä.
Mutta Jussi Lampi on äänikirjanlukijoista parhaimpia.
Jari Peteri
Jul 27, 2011 Jari Peteri rated it really liked it
Intressant - om man orkar läsa alla väl över 500 sidor, där det händer inte så mycket. Perssons teori är spännande!
Jul 13, 2010 Cristina rated it liked it
About the murder on Olof Palme. Fictional? :) Realised after reading it that it's part 3 of 3...doh.
Jan 07, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Swedish series. Not for the faint-hearted. Very detailed and involved, but well worth the effort. Loved it!
Raimo Wirkkala
May 13, 2015 Raimo Wirkkala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely masterful police procedural that is propelled by interesting characters, sparkling dialogue and delicious black humour. A wonderful coda to the "Palme" trilogy.
Jun 17, 2012 Elina rated it it was ok
Putoaa vapaasti kuin unessa

Kuka murhasi Olof Palmen? Yhtä pitkä kuin oikean murhaajan etsintä. Ratkaisu ei kuitenkaan hassumpi :)
Oct 09, 2016 Katarina rated it really liked it
Det är inte alltid en bra idé att läsa om böcker. Första gången jag läste den här boken var den magisk. Andra gången levde den inte upp till förväntningarna.
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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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