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Oss his reasoning skills are very much intact and he s a brilliant laconic self possessed detective Physical recovery is the harder cross to bear with one step forward and two backward the way a criminal investigation tends to go However the pensioner accepts the vicissitudes of the investigation with impunity meanwhile roaring over his mortal restrictionsDespite the 400 pages in tightly packed print the pages soon fly as you re sucked into the story Johansson who appeared in Persson s earlier works is fleshed out and three dimensional here an endearing and taciturn man fighting crime and mortality in the only way he knows with gusto and gumption a consummate professional but stubborn as
well facing the coldest case and the most brutal redemption of his life First rate facing the coldest case and the most brutal redemption of his life First rate page turning45 rounded up Lars Martin Johansson retired chief of the Swedish National Criminal Police was having such a nice day One minute he was standing in line for a hot dog at his favourite kiosk the next everything went black When he comes to in hospital he s told all those years of inactivity fine dining have caught up with him His struggling heart caused a stroke Over the next few days visitors trickle in out as Lars comes to grips with his immortality But it s his doctor who provides a welcome distraction Dr Ulrika Stenholm s father was a priest who recently died On his death bed he told her a parishioner had once confessed to knowing who was behind the rapemurder of 9 year old Yasmine Ermegan in 1985 They knew the girl Ulrika is upset that her father couldn t disclose the information at the time She knows who Lars is wonders if he might take another look at the caseLars wasn t part of the original investigation so enlists the help of former colleague Bo Jarnebring to bring him up to speed Bo begins to drop by every day relating details between Lars rehab sessions freuent naps Meanwhile wife Pia is determined to curb her husband s bad habits begin to plan for the day he comes homeFor the first half of the book Lars is in hospital trying to recover while learning about Yasmine s short life horrible death You might think it would make for a slow dull read but oddly enough I found myself caught up in her story eagerly waited for Bo to deliver the next instalment It s kind of like getting a few chapters of a bedtime story each night when you were a childOnce Lars is released he s able to take on a active role in the investigation uickly co opts his 2 home care providers Matilda is a smart young woman who easily deflects her boss comments about her tattoos Max is a strong Russian labourer whose own past gives him motives to help solve the case They make a uirky team their interactions lend a gentle wry humour to the storyIf you ve read the author s Fall of the Welfare State trilogy you ll recognize some of the characters as well as his trademark literary style of prose At times it reminded me of an Hercule Poirot mystery with a definite emphasis on using one s little grey cells as opposed to muscle Like the Belgian detective Lars is a fastidious man who enjoys his creature comforts But the stroke has left him frustrated and scared by his physical mental limitations Watching him pick apart the old case is fascinating I became uite attached to the cranky old copper There s also bittersweet sadness as you watch Lars struggle to accept a reduced life governed by rehab medication You re never in doubt he ll find the killer but the circumstances raise an interesting moral dilemma What do you do when you find the person responsible for such a horrendous act after the statute of limitations has run out There is no shortage of people with suggestions for what he deserves Lars personal ethics are sorely tested The ending is full of surprises ramifications for most of the characters I m willing to bet a lot of readers will be caught off guard as well This is not a fast paced guns drawn things go boom thriller It s a literary mystery with a smart intricate plot that allows you to ust sit back listen while someone tells you a great story A ScandiCrime written by Leif Persson it has his trademark subtle and dark humour and incorporates Swedish cultural and political history which I really like The strong and likeable character of the retired police chief Lars Martin Johansson is at the heart of the story with his refusal to give up on a cold case from 1986 from his hospital bed The fact the case is conducted from his hospital bed lends the story a strong cerebral uality This is not your run around fast paced affair The detective is nearing the end of his life and this is his last case which lends the story an inescapable emotional poignancyJohansson is paying the price of his life of excess and stress and has suffered a stroke He happens to acuire critical information on the murder of 9 year old Yasmine in 1986 from his medic His friends from the police bring in the old police files and
*the determined cop *determined cop The only thing is that under
Swedish Law The Murderer Willlaw the murderer will prosecution as the Statute of Limitations applies The killer is identified and there is thoughtful consideration of what is to be done and the notions of revenge This is a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining read from an assured writer Many thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC via netgalley. Lars Martin Johansson is determined to solve the atrocious crime – from his deathbedThe inimitable style distinct voice and dark humour of Leif GW Persson along with the fascinating exploration of a long cold murder case serves to make The Dying Detective a true masterpiece of the genre. .
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Wonderful 45 stars I had no idea that this book was part of a series when I checked it out of the library With that said I must admit that I really wish I had the opportunity to read the other books prior to this one primarily for detailed character background information There were definitely times when I was reading this that I felt as if I was missing somethingOverall though this was a really good book The plot of the book centers around a retired police officer who has a stroke and winds up admitted to the hospital for a lengthy stay During that time he makes a personal connection with his doctor and she brings up a murder that occurred 25 years prior A little girl was savagely attacked raped and murdered and her killer was never found The doctor tells the officer that her father was a man of the cloth and that during a confession the name of the killer was revealed to him Her father is deceased but she wants to know if he would be interested in reviewing the case He agrees but the case comes with a hitch A new law has been passed and the statute of limitations for this case has since passed so even if a perpetrator is found he cannot be charged with the crimeThis story is really well written I was uite interested in the deductive reasoning the retired officer used to determine who the killer was Beyond that the supporting character development is fabulous Persson flushes out each of the supporting roles in a detailed fashion interestingly through the retired officer s eyes which may or may not be reliable The officer himself believes he is dying and often times he is uite crass I would like to know what is personality is like in other booksThis was a great book with a satisfying and somewhat surprising conclusion I m not sure how many other books in the series have been translated to English but I would definitely be interested in reading them That Perrson manages to keep you hooked using a detective who s a retired sick overweight Chief of Police who is often confined to bed or to the sofa is an achievement in itself But the real The Man Without a Face joy in this book is the sparse Nordic laconic humor which I suspect occasionally slips through the floorboards in translation There s a great economy to it Perrson s characters often reflect on a moment with a single pithy sentence or a phrase repeated from an earlier scene Lars Martin Johansson is dying He does so in a very male world one in which the women characters are mostly secondary often carers who include a feisty tattooed young woman who sust a little too groovy for comfort but despite that there s great pathos in the way Perrson draws Johansson s maleness a once great detective now a self indulgent old man working with passion on his final case The Dying Detective is a wonderful novel that transcends genres It is a literary in depth character study love story mystery and morality tale It offers up
a dazzling array of unexpected gifts to the readerLars Martin Johansson former head of thedazzling array of unexpected gifts to the readerLars Martin Johansson former head of the Criminal Police in Stockholm
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he knows he is a patient in the Karolinska Hospital whereknows he is a patient in the Karolinska Hospital where realizes that he can barely move his right arm his face is sagging and the right side of his body is very weak Though Lars has retired he has remained a legend among the police force in his country He is known as the man who can see around corners because of his perspicacity and ability to solve crimes As he works to gain his health back he is tenderly cared for by his wife and a team of doctors All of them tell Lars the same thing that he must change his ways He is overweight and sedentary and must eat healthier and exercise in order to survive Not only has he suffered a stroke but he has a heart conditionWhile in the hospital his neurologist tells him about a cold case that has come to her attention Her father was a vicar who believed in the sanctity of confession Going through his things after his death she realizes that he knew who a killer was Twenty five years ago a nine year old girl named Yasmine Ermegan was raped and murdered her killer never found The only bit of evidence that Lars s doctor presents him with is a story and a hair bandLars decides to find the murderer knowing that he s solved crimes before with less evidence than a hair band and a story He is a legendary detective with an encyclopedic memory Despite a continued tightness in his chest a debilitating headache and dependence on others for his care Lars accrues information and insight The novel has two wonderful arcs the narrative of external events and Lars internal one Lars is tired and sleeps a lot but when he s awake there is no one tenacious and insightful His mood varies by how many little white pills he takes to provide himself with respite from his emotional and physical pain What astounded me is that I believed from the outset that Lars would prevail It was easy to believe in him Even his caretakers weird and uirky as they are become Lars friends and co conspirators as he tries to find out the identity of the murderous pedophile A case is closed and the statue of limitations has passed but Lars presses on He is a man who is revered respected and loved that rarity of humans a truly upstan. Retired Chief of the National Crime Police and Swedish Security Service Lars Martin Johansson has ust suffered a stroke He is paying the price for a life of excess stress good food and fine wine With his dangerously high blood pressure his heart could fail at the slightest excitementIn ,
Ding person This book was listed as a stand alone novel by author Leif GW Persson Although Persson is a well known Swedish novelist and criminologist I had not read any of his books before but soon discovered that he has written eight crime novels featuring detectives Jarnebring andor Johansson of which this is the eighth with books 4 6 being known as the Fall of the Welfare State Trilogy and Book 7 the first in the Evert Backstrom Linda novels As far as I can tell his first three books have not been translated into English yet and as always we seem to receive books from Scandinavia in bits and pieces out of order Now I hate reading series books out of order and so once I realised that I actually had the last book in the series I felt unwilling to pick it up but I
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TO REVIEW PREFERABLY BEFORE DATE SO I GOT DOWNreview preferably before date so I got down reading it and it totally had me gripped from the first pages So having been biased against this book it is a testament to how very good this is that I loved it so muchLars Martin Johansson is the former head of the National Criminal Police In Stockholm on family business he stops for one of his beloved unhealthy snacks and has a stroke in his car When he wakes he is in hospital and his life has changed forever While he is in the hospital one of the doctor s Ulrika Stenholm asks whether he remembers the unsolved rape and murder of a nine year old girl twenty five years agoBefore long Johansson is investigating the case aided by his old partner Bo Jarnebring a young girl called Matilda whose Johansson s wife Pia has hired to care for him and a Russian orphan called Max who Johansson s brother sends to help out This novel really reminded me of The First Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders one of my favourite crime books where a police Captain not retired but on a leave of absence gets together an amateur task force to help solve a crime Both novels have excellent characters which are every bit as important as the plot In this book we follow Johansson s attempt to solve a crime which has been prescribed meaning that the criminal even if caught cannot be tried for the crime and this adds an extra layer to the storyline along with Johansson s health issues This is a fantastic read and I will certainly need to explore works by this author I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review Shortlisted Petrona Award 2017still I am not impressedI have read better crime fictonMy advice try Pierre Lemaitre Jostle me and kill me That s how I feel from having experienced thisFilled to the brim with simplicities a language so dated that every single character is unbelievable and an ending that everybody is able to tell from the start Hard boiled male characters everywhereThe author is a Swedish professor in criminology Too bad that doesn t showI must say I fell asleep during several trials of reading this That s something Lars Martin Johansson retired crackerjack police detective and former head of the National Criminal Police in Stockholm was the man who could see around corners Unfortunately he has let his body go slack since becoming a pensioner and he is lucky to see his feet He nourishes his mind with the daily paper and nuggets of literature but he feeds his body with high volumes of the wrong cholesterol and carbs One day after buying his typical sausage meal from his favorite kiosk he collapses ending up hospitalized with a blood clot in his brain and an overstressed heart His wife Pia twenty years younger and devoted to him is tormented by his condition and is vigilant toward his care and wellbeing It is from his hospital bed that Lars is lured into a 25 year old unsolved rape murder case of a nine year old child Yasmine Ermegan presented to him by his neurologist daughter of a vicar who on his deathbed admitted to her that an elderly parishioner confessed that she knew the perp but the name remains unknown to all alive as the vicar took it to his grave Thus begins Lars first informal murder investigation since his retirement a case under the new law that is prescribed meaning that the statute of limitations has passed and the murderer cannot be punished for that crime even if discovered But that doesn t stop Lars He is still well connected but this is off the books and must be done slyly and with help from old friends and newGW Persson hooked me with the two alternate stories one crime solving with delightful deductive and inductive reasoning by Lars supported by his caregivers with their own keen contributions and his best friend another retired detective who was on the case when it was fresh and the slender information amassed in the case files The investigation is girdled by Lars precarious health condition such as weakness fatigue right armhand numbness an oversized heart labile mood and the challenge to change his lifestyle in order to survive Previously independent in all matters Lars is forced to rely on others to
*complete activities of *activities of living and some of the logistics of solving the crime The pensioner s witty observations and complaints are spoken with silent ripostes mingled with direct ones and his attempts to undermine a healthy diet and lifestyle add humor and pathos Although Lars ignored early warning signs to his impending neurological stroke such as memory He hospital a chance encounter with a neurologist provides an important piece of information about a 25 year old murder investigation and alerts Lars Martin Johansson's irrepressible police instincts The period for prosecution expired ust weeks earlier and that isn't the only limitation.