This is a very good mystery
This is a complex murder mystery set in Sweden over a 25 years period. In 1975 leftist radicals capture the German embassy in Stockholm and inadvertently blow up the embassy. Several of the radicals are killed and many are gravely injured. While the radicals are all German the police suspect that they had help from Swedes. A decade later a seemly unconnected murder of a civil servant is investigated by police officers Bo Jarnebring and Anna Holt. The investigation is headed up by an incompetent supervisor, Evert Bäckström and despite the best investigative efforts of the police the murder is unsolved and lumped into a series of homosexual sex crimes. Ten years later the murder case resurfaces and the investigation leads right into the prime minister’s cabinet.
This is a very good mystery. It is translated from Swedish and has a clinical documentary style to it. I’m unsure if the author intended this style or it came from the translation but it works well for this story. The majority of the story deals with the murder investigation and the techniques used by the Swedish police. This section is very interesting and as good a police procedural as you’ll read. The character development of the major characters is well done and the author gives them enough of a back-story to make you care about them. The section of the book that deals with the investigation of a potential government minister reads like an investigative journalist report. You can really imagine this stuff happening!
I’d highly recommend this book and look forward to more from this author.
I read a copy of this book borrowed from The Free Library of Philadelphia