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Another Time, Another Life (Fall of the Welfare State #2)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  542 ratings  ·  80 reviews
From the grand master of Scandinavian crime fiction—and one of the best crime writers of our time—a critically acclaimed novel bristling with dramatic intensity and wit, centered around the unsolved murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.

Stockholm, 1975: Six young people take the entire staff of the West German embassy hostage, demanding that the Baader-Meinhof member
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Hardcover, 404 pages
Published by HarperCollins (first published 2003)
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Steve
I enjoyed it. It's a solidly constructed and satisfying detective story, which takes place over 25 years. No high speed chases, no shoot'em ups, no daring do -- just good Sherlock Holmesian deduction. "Logical, my dear Detective Chief Inspector Holt," or something like that. Good brainwork and excellent intuition. The author actually engages in the almost forgotten art of storytelling. He has his protagonist reflect

On the subject of the imagination, thought Johansson, it's probably only when tha
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Vilo
A murder mystery by a Swedish crime expert/profiler, this novel gives the feel of a real case with all the complexities, office, national and international politics and their effect on the investigation, and personalities involved. Might be too methodical and slow for some, but fascinating. I will definitely look for more Persson books.
Paul Pessolano
“Another Time, Another Life” by Leif G W Persson, published by Pantheon.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

This is a far reaching mystery that begins in 1975 when six young people storm the West German Embassy in Stockholm. It continues with a seemingly unrelated murder in 1989, and the conclusion in 2000.

The story is based on fact with the storming of the Embassy by the Baader-Meinhof Group and the unsolved assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.

Persson brings the facts and the times to lif
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Jane
This isn’t the sort of book I usually read, but something about it intrigued me. A crime story spanning twenty-five years. A mystery with much to say about society and politics. A story told in three acts. A book with strong roots in fact …

It’s the kind of book I would have bought for my father once upon a time.

The first act, the shortest of the three, opens in 1975. Six young people enter the West German Embassy in Stockholm, and a siege begins. I watched events unfold, as the police watched an
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Steven Z.
When I first read Leif G.W. Persson’s BETWEEN SUMMER LONGING AND WINTER’S END I was thoroughly impressed with his plot and character development. Now, having completed his second novel, ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER LIFE my respect for his ability to develop a complex story line that builds from the first few pages has been raised to another level. Persson brings back Lars Martin Johannson, now head of a special new operations division within the Swedish Security Police (SePo). He also develops other ch ...more
Robert
Another Time, Another Life by Leif GW Persson

This mystery/police procedural novel by Swedish writer Leif GW Persson is another example of how many things from Sweden--from Volvos to Ingmar Bergman to meatballs--can be very good. It lacks the striking characterizations of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it’s a carefully constructed, historically plausible, cerebral account of how an unsolved murder ultimately brings down a rising Swedish politician, although there isn’t enough evidence to ac
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Bartek
Kontakt z pierwszą częścią "trylogii policyjnej" mógł być nieco męczący: ilość wątków i bohaterów przyprawiała miejscami o zawrót głowy. "W innym czasie, w innym życiu" jest z pewnością pod tym względem lżejsza. Autor prezentuje nam trzy sprawy nie mające ze sobą pozornie związku - zamach na ambasadę RFN, niewyjaśnione zabójstwo urzędnika oraz prześwietlenie przeszłości kandydatki na stanowisko ministra.
To proza z bardzo precyzyjnie skonstruowaną fabułą: nawet przypadek, dzięki któremu wszystko
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Col
Synopsis/blurb......
Stockholm, 1975: Six young people take the entire staff of the West German embassy hostage. The long siege ends with the deaths of two hostages and the wounding of several others. Jump to 1989: When a Swedish civil servant is murdered, the two leading detectives on the case find their investigation hastily shelved by a corrupt senior investigator. Ten years later: Lars Johansson, having just joined the Swedish Security Police, decides to tie up a few loose ends left behind by
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Desiree Zamorano
Holy Smoke!
This book is for people who think character study is about shrugging, mugging, and
thinking about food. Taking place over 25 years, there is a tenuous through-line, connected to a bombing in the opening pages. Early on the reader recognizes who should be the focus of the investigation; unfortunately it takes the cops another decade. And that's how it felt reading the blasted thing. Superfluous details, perhaps pretending a pandering education to the reader. Hey, it's got lots of unpron
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Helen
Strange but gripping, spans 1975-2000 and events in between. It's a bit confusing in that the characters appears in his other novels too, at different stage in their careers: if you've read any of his other works you will recognise them, but it's difficult trying to remember what happened to whom and when across several different novels not treating the subject chronologically. Some interesting ideas: if we change during our lives, how far are we really answerable for what we might have done in ...more
Sophie
3 stars, barely. Not what I expected for a piece of crime fiction, and not in a good way. Sections of the book were needlessly complicated and left me utterly confused. I also like a crime novel to have a protagonist to hold the story together, and this didn't have one. Instead, we had about a dozen different viewpoints. This can work if you're George R.R. Martin, but not in Persson's case. I also disliked the way the author would have the characters say one thing out loud, and then immediately ...more
Gary Letham
The second of the "Story of a Crime" trilogy. Less complex than the first installment, but partly because we have met most of the players before. The book is set in 1975, 1989 and 2000, using the Red Army Faction's hostage siege in the West German Embassy in 1975, an unsolved murder in1989 and the reinvestigation of said murder with connections to the siege. Persson has the background in law enforcement to be convincing and knowledgeable to knot together a tight story thay never veers into thE i ...more
Greg
Persson’s follow-up to Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End mostly takes place after those events. Many of the same characters reappear, although most have moved on in both their careers and their social lives.

The book starts with the siege of the West German Embassy in Stockholm by the Red Army Faction in 1975. The Swedish authorities have always known that the terrorists must have had local help, but have never identified who was involved. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall, new inform
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Stacia
This is a difficult book to review. I've read a lot of Nordic crime fiction and most of it translates well, but this particular book was a lot more difficult for someone from a different society/culture to absorb. The author is a well-known Swedish criminologist, and this book interweaves actual events (the occupation and bombing of the West German embassy in Stockholm, the murder of Olof Palme) with a fictional murder. It is the investigation of this murder that ties everything together.

The aut
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Sara Townsend
1975: Six young people take the staff of the West German embassy hostage, demanding that the Baader-Meinhof members being held as prisoners in West Germany be released immediately. 1989: When a Swedish civil servant is murdered, the two leading detectives on the case, Anna Holt and Bo Jarnebring, find their investigation hastily shelved by an incompetent and corrupt senior investigator. 1999: Lars Johansson, having just joined the Swedish Security Police, decides to tie up a few loose ends left ...more
David Lowther
I found Another Time, Another Life a very tough read. The opening section takes place in 1975 and you know, when you swiftly move to 1989, you're in for the long haul.
I read and enjoyed a previous Persson novel, Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End. Both that story and Another Time, Another Life were an uneasy combination of detective and espionage fiction. The basic problem with this story is that there is far too much contextual detail, especially relating to the collapse of communism in
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Jan
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1975 – German radicals hold the West German embassy in Stockholm hostage, demanding the release of Baader-Meinhof members imprisoned in West Germany. The siege ends with the deaths of two hostage and capture of the terrorists.
1985 – a Swedish civil servant is murdered in mysterious circumstances. The two detectives investigating were hindered by a corrupt, incompetent senior officer.
1999 – the Swedish Security Police look into open case files, two on Swedes wh
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Jerry Halberstadt
Combining slapstick humor at the expense of lazy cops; international intrigue and espionage at the highest levels of government; and a dose of serious political commentary, the moral of Leif Persson's novel is simple. As Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and he is us."

Persson is a psychological profiler and adviser to the Swedish Ministry of Justice, and therefore has had intimate knowledge of the kinds of high crimes and low comedy that he writes about. And there are pointers in the book to how
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Eddie Byrne
This book takes us from the (factually real) bombing of the West German embassy in Stockholm in 1975 to a (fictional) murder investigation in 1989, and finally to a revisiting of that murder in 1999 when a link to the 1975 event suggests itself. The book, in making use of a real life event from 1975, and later documenting the establishment of the swedish secret security service in order to contextualise to some degree the fictional story, blends the real with the fictional in a way that serves t ...more
Richard
The second in the trilogy, and a worthy effort. In this one a government statistician is murdered, and we learn more about the impact of the Fall of Communism on the fellow-traveler world. The author has his usual amusing asides and observations on politics. Detective Backstrom enters to muck up the investigation with his insistence on a gay serial killer, which only prompts other detectives to work harder to uncover the real solution. Finally, the novel ends with a scene that portends the subje ...more
Tony Nielsen
Leif GW Persson is uniquely qualified to write a thriller like Another Time, Another Life, for he is Scandanavia's Foremsot criminologist. Along with that professional qualification though he has a writing style and plot making ability of the highest standard. The story focuses on two events, the storming of the West German Embassy in Stockholm in the mid '70's and a murder of an unpopular civil servant that occured in 1989. As it turns out the two events are intrinsically linked but it takes qu ...more
Sara Farooqi
I liked learning more abt the life beyond the Berlin wall and the plot was very gripping. I preferred this book more to Linda, as in the Linda murder. I think there is a lot history/fiction that the author interwove well, together with almost academic like details on the crime scenes. However it could have been a bit more concise with less time spent on the comic relief plot from backstrom
Zoomball
I listened to the audio version. It was well done. Good police procedural. A note about the audio. An added factor is that the names are pronounced as they should be, not how I would make them up in my hear. A warning on this one is that there are so many characters that it was hard to keep them all straight in this format.
Cathy
Unlike other Scandinavian authors there is no hopelessly, endless, gratuitous violence in this story. The story unfolds over 25 years which made it difficult for me to keep track of the characters but I was engaged and listened to the end even though the reveal happens before the final page. A good old fashioned detective story.
Cathy
This book was ideally suited for a narration and, though longish, was easily followed in audio. I lived with it in saga like fashion for quite a while and enjoyed it very much. Had I been reading it, I might have skimmed a lot, but the narration was excellent and carried the fairly detailed, slow moving story (perhaps I should say stories.) Basically a police procedural, it's historically based from the 1975 bombing of the West German embassy in Stockholm through the Olof Palme murder and a loca ...more
Melissa
This is either poorly written, poorly translated or poorly edited. Either it just isn't very good. The story is weak and it's pretty easy to figure out "who done it". That makes slogging through even more tedious. I counted on one page six "he thought". That phrase was repeated so often I felt Mr. Persson was getting paid by the word. There were occasions were it was used in consecutive sentences. Someone please him a thesaurus. The other really annoying thing was the use of "I understand what y ...more
Erik
Are you looking for a whodunnit detective story then this book is not for you.
The story is played out over a 25-year period and the pace is slow.
I guess Perssons style of writing is an acquired taste, I read his 3 early books featuring some of the same characters and must say that this book is in my opinion much better.

Dkolacinski
"And for me, it's only about justice." Three decades, history and fact intermixed to fiction. A great read, if you want to get a different sense of Sweden, its police and justice system, its politics.
Tess Mertens-Johnson
Lars Johansson is the hard nosed police chief who sometimes shows his soft underbelly in this Swedish mystery novel.
It flashes back and forth, but in a way I could follow. The book starts with an embassy take over in 1979. It focuses on a murder f0omr that time…yet to be solved.
The two victims vary is background and temperament Homophobia, personal and profession jealousy all come together as Johansson put the piece to the puzzle together. His character has a team that he leads in finding in th
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Alex Kaufman
Persson sets the bar so high, that most novelists should just try a different genre. A wonderful writer, and according to the dust jacket an exemplary criminologist, combines to produce a trilogy (this is only part 2) of tredendous ability to entertain, educate, and forces the reader to review our past history not from an American perspective but rather that of Sweden. I never wait for the best European novelists to release their work in the US, and therefore I highly suggest setting up an accou ...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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Fall of the Welfare State (3 books)
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