Search Results: "Leif G.W. Persson"


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THE DYING DETECTIVE by Leif G.W. Persson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A knotty, sinuous story that leads to a hard-won resolution—and a decidedly conclusive end."
Swedish mysterian Persson (Linda, As in the Linda Murder, 2016, etc.) brings a memorable creation to a close in this pensive whodunit. Read full book review >

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FREE FALLING, AS IF IN A DREAM by Leif G.W. Persson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"'It's a small country,' Johansson grumbles. 'Much too small.' Yet there's plenty of room for mayhem. A worthy addition to the vast Swedish library devoted to such unpleasant things."
Stark whodunit with a sharp political edge, examining the 1986 assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme of Sweden. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER LIFE by Leif G.W. Persson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2012

"It helps to know something about the time in which the story is set, and who Olof Palme was, to appreciate the book. Still, a practiced, Larsson-worthy procedural."
Dark, politically charged thriller from Swedish crime writer Persson (Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End, 2010), one of many literary heirs of Stieg Larsson. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"'What fucking people there are and what fucking lives they live,' reflects one grim flatfoot. Just so. Persson does a fine job of pitting one desperate soul against another in a philosophically charged tale worthy of Ingmar Bergman—but with lots more guns."
Engaging Swedish whodunit, the first of a trilogy—reminiscent of the work of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson in its toughness, and just as cynical in its politics. Read full book review >

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NORMAL LIKE US by Leif Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"A slyly impressive, poignant collection from a writer with great potential."
A varied, contemporary, character-driven collection of 14 stories infused with personality and life's interminable bounty. Read full book review >

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SEMAPHORE by G.W. Hawkes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 1998

"An unusual and imaginative story, one of the year's most pleasant (together with Surveyor) literary surprises."
The second half of Hawkes's two-novel debut (following last month's Surveyor, p. 678) is the haunting tale of a young protagonist's confused and threatened relationships with his loved ones and his own future. Read full book review >

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SPIES IN THE BLUE SMOKE by G.W. Hawkes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Besides The Atlantic, some of the stories appeared in The Missouri Review and Ploughshares."
A debut volume—13 stories, mostly about off-kilter people haunted by the damaged world that surrounds them—that's notable for its supple, original style, and especially for dialogue that's convincing and various. Read full book review >

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SURVEYOR by G.W. Hawkes
Released: July 1, 1998

"The Orwellian enigma of 'the Foundation' is more distraction than plot essential, but it's the only real misstep in a highly accomplished debut."
This intriguing story of two dropouts from the "normal" world is the first half of a two-novel debut (followed by Semaphore in August) by the author of the story collections Spies in the Blue Smoke (1992) and Playing Out of the Deep Woods (1995, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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SO BRAVE, YOUNG, AND HANDSOME by Leif Enger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Though Becket laments that he 'can't write a(nother) book that anyone will want to read,' Enger has."
A belated follow-up to a popular debut finds the Midwestern novelist in fine storytelling form, as he spins a picaresque tale of redemption and renewal amid the fading glories of the Old West. Read full book review >