Winner of the Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel 2014
Leif G.W. Persson is Scandinavia's most renowned criminologist and
a leading psychological profiler. He has also served as an advisor
to the Swedish Ministry of Justice. Since 1991, he has held the
position of Professor at the National Swedish Police Board and is
regularly consulted as the country's foremost expert on crime.
He is the author of ten bestselling crime novels including The Dying Detective which won both the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award for Best Crime Novel of 2010 and The Glass Key for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of 2010.
During his career Persson has been the recipient of many other prestigious awards including The Piraten Award, The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award (which he has won three times), The Finnish Whodunnit Society's Annual Award for Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing, The Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel, and The Danish Academy of Crime Writers' Palle Rosenkrantz Prize.
"Leif GW Persson's sprawling, state-of-the-nation novels make deft
use of crime fiction conventions to expose the faultlines of
Swedish society. This more closely focused novel is a brilliant
exploration of a young woman's murder, press sensationalism, and
the inner workings of a police investigation, with readers
reintroduced to the blackly humorous and truly unforgettable police
detective Evert Backstroem." -- Petrona judges panel remarks 2014 *
Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year 2014
"As the army of Scandinavian crime writers sweeps invincibly onwards, it becomes more challenging for aficionados of Nordic Noir to sort out the wheat from the chaff - although the former is (thankfully) in greater supply. The individual character of various writers' work can seem similar, but certain talents stand out from the pack. Such is the gifted Leif Persson, whose massive, sprawling, state-of-thenation novels use the mechanics of crime fiction to expose the fault lines in Scandinavian society. Persson, very much his own man in the field, has written his best novel with this one, with its caustic, sardonic tone, it has all the vitality and pungency of its predecessors; its challenging, difficult hero is one of the most distinctive in the field" * The Good Book Guide *
"Persson's sprawling, state-of-the-nation novels use the mechanics of crime fiction to expose the faultlines in Scandinavian society. Linda has all the vitality of Persson's earlier books; its difficult hero is one of the most distinctive in the field." -- Barry Forshaw * Financial Times *
"An immense crime story, and not because of the number of pages, but thanks to the narrative energy and the skill to reflect on society and humanity." * Il Sole 24 ORE (Italy) *
"Leif GW Persson has a very straight style, with no frills, and his novels show a very deep understanding of the world he writes about. The tough realism of his stories is tempered by irony and comic qualities." * L'unita' (Italy) *