He Who Kills the Dragon by Leif G W Persson download in ePub, pdf, iPad
Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. The translation, excellent as ever, was by Neil Smith. The classic Swedish murder victim, if you like. Swedish and British readers able to read the previous installment are aware of his last fall from grace.
So you can sort of see why Persson likes using the character. This time around Persson stays firmly on track. His first case in the new team is to solve the murder of an alcoholic found dead in his flat by a delivery boy who subsequently disappears. Probably the best Scandi Crime Fiction I have read all year. The result is leaner, meaner and more satisfying for this reader at least.
He runs round like a herd of elephants, tearing up everything in his path. He is such a pig, but I found it hard to put the book down. It is only when he is in danger of becoming a national hero do they feel compelled to act. Yet, in a pattern familiar with those of us who have worked in large organisations, he is shuffled around the Stockholm police and given glowing references by those desperate to get rid of him.
Backstrom is the same as ever, except he now has a world weariness about the state of the Swedish police and, in particular, the sexual proclivities of some of his colleagues. Once the dust has settled, his colleagues usually manage to find one or two interesting things. However, Anna Holt, the new head of the Western District is asked to have Backstrom as a superintendent in her team to assuage the concerns of the police union who have taken up his grievances.
The procedure slows down the book a bit, but all in all it's a quick read. There's neither enough taut suspense nor enough broad humor to carry this along.
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