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Linda, As in the Linda Murder

(Evert Bäckström #1)

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,554 ratings  ·  179 reviews
In the middle of an unusually hot Swedish summer, a young woman studying at the Vaxjo Police Academy is brutally murdered. Police Inspector Evert Bäckström is unwillingly drafted in from Stockholm to head up the investigation.

Egotistical, vain and utterly prejudiced against everything, Bäckström is a man who has no sense of duty or responsibilty, thinks everyone with the e
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 28th 2013 by Doubleday (first published 2005)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nordic-noir
”It would still have made more sense to boil the bastard down to make glue, Bäckström thought. For in spite of his many failings and shortcomings, he was still a man with a strong sense of basic justice.”

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Rainn Wilson is Bäckström in the new TV series. They have placed Bäckström in Oregon instead of Sweden.

Stockholm Police Detective Evert Bäckström is assigned to lead a team to investigate the murder of a young woman. She had been going to school to be a police officer in the small town of Va
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 1/3 of the book was great, I was very excited about the story and the irony of the Police Superintendent Backstrom made me laughed. But after this first third of the book, I started thinking about giving up of it, because Backstrom drinks too much alcohol, and is too sexist and misogynist. And the other 2/3 in the book began to follow on paths that didn't concern the rape and murder of Linda, a 20-year-old student at the Police Academy. The author is very wordy and included in the text ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First the 2014 "Backstrom" TV show:

"Backstrom" centers on Everett Backstrom (staring Rainn Wilson), an "overweight, offensive, irascible" detective who is engaged in a constant struggle with his "self-destructive" tendencies, and is part of a team of eccentric criminologists.

Here is what I can glean so far about what has occurred so far. CBS television bought the rights to this property to introduce it as a series in July 2012. They produced the pilot, filmed in Vancouver. Then dropped it.

20th C
Linda Strong
It rarely happens that I cannot finish a book. I'm not sure if it's the translation or the author. It rambles on and on and doesn't say much. The main character has 3 things on his mind .. eating, drinking, and thinking obnoxious thoughts about women .. all women. I can certainly understand why he's in his 50s and single.

I am about half way through a 480 page book and there has been nothing of substance. So I'm going to call it quits here. I feel this is waste of my time.

My apologies to the auth
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book will not be to everyone's tastes, but should appeal to fans of Steig Larsson (though I liked this better than The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) or J.K Rowling's latest, The Cuckoo's Calling. Maybe not quite 4 stars, but not quite 3.5 either.

Short, fat, lewd and vain, Bäckström is hilariously insufferable, which makes for entertaining reading but can occasionally grate on the nerves. It becomes pretty clear after the first few chapters that if he is the one to actually solve the murder,
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-2005
There comes a time in a girl's life when misogyny as entertainment stops being fun and that's why books like that end up being nothing but tiresome.

The main character, the detective what's his name is purposely unlikeable. He is misogynistic, lazy, racist, bigoted, incompetent. But from what I've learnt from reading other reviews we are supposed to 'love to hate him', or even worse, think we say what other people think but are afraid to say.

I do not 'love to hate him'. I find nothing entertain
Jan 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
It doesn't happen all that often that I stop reading a book. Most of the time, I want to know what happens and as this is a murder mystery of course also know the murderer. Only problem, the book is very slow, after 200 pages hardly a thing has happened and I hate the main charachter.
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Aug 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading is supposed to be fun, an easy way to distance oneself from our trivial daily lives and small problems. However, what happens when the escape becomes hard work instead of an amusing hour?

There is only one word to describe this book: Tedious. Would have only given it half a star but couldn't figure out how. As a police procedural it is a remarkably over-detailed smorsgabord of every burp, hiccup and triplicate form the far too many characters experience or deal with in a given day. The r
This is the 1st in a new series by Leif Persson. Or rather it is an offshoot of the Fall of the welfare state series, in that Evert Backstrom, a minor character from those books becomes the protagonist, and major characters (Lars Martin Johansson, Holt, and Mattei) become minor ones in Linda. Backstrom is familiar as an egotistical detective who has risen to superintendent due to being promoted as a way of getting rid of him from numerous teams. He is widely seen as lazy, devious, racist and mis ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. It won a major Scandinavian prize so I was excited to find a new author. But the main character is a misogynistic asshole. I know it is deliberate, supposedly adding humour to the book but it comes across as dated and forced.
Ivi Oltovska
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it really much :)
Rowena Hoseason
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
A meticulous Scandi crime police procedural, one told with wit and intelligence and no small measure of on-the-job experience.
When a young woman is murdered during an unusual heatwave in a Swedish summer, all the competent cops are sensibly on holiday. The flaky chief of police despatches one of the National Crime Squad’s least effective detectives to head up the task force assisting the rural police.

Backstrom is a brilliant creation. Lazy, bigoted, boozy and not beyond fiddling his expenses, h
Anna Dalvi
Makes the police sound like a bunch of morons fumbling around in the dark. Ok, perhaps a few exceptions, but the main character basically spends his time drinking, thinking about drinking, and thinking obnoxious thoughts about women and about other police.

Also, absolutely nothing happens in terms of solving the murder in the first 400 pages or so. And that's an awful lot of rambling in order to advance the story.
ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Swedish authors and this one can now be included in my list. It's a murder mystery and each character is so well-developed, I can almost visualize them. Backstrom is one of the main detectives and is good at his job, loves beer and seems a bit sexist. ...more
Ramon Remires
Unfortunately, this book didn't provide me with the pleasure I was looking for, so I stopped reading on page 200. ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
... luck and pugnaciousness! _______3.5 stars

What's Detective Superintendent Evert Bäckström to do when the call comes in about a murder of one of their own and he's the only one on duty--albeit in as 'an out of the way position' as his superiors in the National Murder Squad have devised? Work the system of course!
Police cadet Linda Wallin is found dead, raped in brutal circumstances with no clear motive or suspect.
Always able to play the bureaucratic game, the completely egotistical, vain and a
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard!
I am a huge fan of Nordic crime novels. This one is dedicated to Sjöwall and Wahlöö, who wrote the Martin Beck series, one of my favorites. I knew that it would be a slow-burner, like the Beck novels, which are not strictly whodunits but mostly focus on the grunt work that the detectives have to do in order to get results. I knew that there would be disappointed policemen and some corrup

Don't bother

Finished reading … Linda – as in the Linda Murder / Leif G.W. Persson (trans. Neil Smith) … 27 June 2016
ISBN: 9780857520876

For starters, at 488 pages this is a good 188 pages too long. So much waffle.

The hero, Evert Backstrom – No! Many reviewers have described him as unlikeable. Yes, in a way. Yet, apart from his unsavoury encounter with a reporter, he's no more boorish than many of our favourite hero cops.
What grates is reading all his thoughts, and I do mean all. While most of us
Marilyn Rietveld
The book was not as good as I thought it would be. I expected a thorough analysis of the killer's motivation and how criminality can occur in society as the author is a distinguished university teacher in criminology. I also expected more tension throughout the book. The first several hundered pages (dutch version has 525 pages in total) is more about the investigation going nowhere and inspector Backstrom who pretty much hates the world, especially women, loves himself, wants to solve crimes bu ...more
Duncan Wilson
imagine Bäckstrom as a cross between Columbo and Sergeant Bullock (from Batman comics) add a dose of police procedural and mix. as a character Bäckstrom is both unlikeable but engaging. However, I never got the sense that he actually did anything to solve this case. it all seemed like a lot of gut instinct and somehow the pieces came together. I didn't actually feel convinced that the man convicted of the crime was actually guilty. it still is an interesting look at crime and the different compo ...more
C.E. Newsom
I liked the idea of the character of Backstrom, an anti-hero that seems to have more wrong with him than right. The problem with this book, though, is that it starts so slowly! I have to admit, I didn't finish it, and it's one of the few books I've started and not finished. The crime to be solved happens before the opening of the book, but I got about 20% into the book and nothing was happening! Backstrom hadn't even started investigating yet. Sorry, I really wanted to like this book, but I coul ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book started out amusing in a cynical way. Lots of thought processes that were asides of what the characters really were thinking as they said something else. But then it went on for 465 dense, tedious pages. This was way too much and the book was rather slow to develop any real story. I plowed through it, but will not likely read another by this author. It has a despicable main character detective who doesn't redeem himself or get less despicable anywhere in this rather long drawn out polic ...more
Thomas Strömquist
This is an odd one out of G.W. Persson's otherwise great bibliography. The characters are there and a lot of the hallmarks, but unfortunately it ends there. The writing is both cumbersome and stilted and I was seriously thinking that someone else wrote this one in his name. For completists of course and if you're reading the entire series, otherwise I would recommend any of his others over this. ...more
Donna Rice
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I tried really hard to like this book, mainly because I thoroughly enjoyed the tv series of the same name. I couldn't have been more disappointed. I can't even put my finger on why I didn't enjoy it, only that there was no redeemable quality about any of the characters, it tried to be funny when it wasn't, and it was ridiculously long winded. Perhaps something was lost in translation, I don't know, but I won't be buying another in the series, that's for sure. ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am not a fan of this book. The characters were interesting and the part of the story that actually told the steps that lead to solving the murder was good. But I hated the main character Backstrom and frankly thought the book would have been better without him in it. I was left with absolutely no desire to read another novel with this character in it.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have not read such a boring book in a long while. Such a wordy tome with so little to say. The first few & the last 100 pages could have been the whole story. Did not like the attitude or anything about Superitendent Evert Backstrom!
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
During a Swedish summer Police Inspector Evert Bäckström leads a team to investigate the murder of Linda.
It rambles, I was bored reading it - some of this could be down to the translation but I just wasn't interested in reading to the end.
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Ann Tonks
I admire Mr Persson's creation of the character of Evert Backstrom, "short, fat and primitive" but I just didn't want to spend time with him for exactly those reasons. The ongoing misogyny of the character eventually forced me to stop reading. ...more
Susan Wallace
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Swedish Police procedural, 19 hrs 56 min., Bäckström is so not PC, vulgar, humorous, I enjoyed it, there was a bit too much of he said, she said, I stuck with it & glad I did, it will be a while before I try another Persson book. (or so I say, LOL)
Oscar E.
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wise
A really enjoyable reading. The main character is an unconventional antihero. He is not the real bad guy, but he is convinced that he is the smartest detective in Sweden, while his laziness and egoism come close to spoiling the investigation. A funny and thrilling Swedish novel.
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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

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