Search Results: "Leif G.W. Persson"


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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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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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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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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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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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THE RUSSIAN SINGER by Leif Davidsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"The mystery is a bust, then, but Davidsen's Moscow is flavorful, and Jack's East-West dialogues with Russians from brass hats to pimps are worth the price of admission."
Though billed as a mystery, Davidsen's second novel (following The Sardine Deception) works better as a political romance between Jack Andersen, a divorced Danish diplomat posted to Moscow, and Lilli Smuul, cabaret-singer sister of prostitute Vera Smuul, who's been strangled in the apartment of an embassy secretary who lies dead in the bath with her wrists slit. 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 >