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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (232 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leif G. W. Persson Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1975, six young people stormed the West German embassy in Stockholm, taking the entire staff hostage. They demanded the immediate release of members of the Baader- Meinhof group being held as prisoners in West Germany, but twelve hours into the siege, the embassy was blown up, two hostages were dead, and many others were injured, including the captors. Thus begins Leif GW Persson’s Another Time, Another Life.

The story, based on real events linked to the still-unsolved assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, p icks up in 1989, as the seemingly unrelated stabbing death of a civil servant is investigated by officers Bo Jarnebring and Anna Holt. Under the supervision of their cantankerous, prejudiced, and corrupt superior, Evert Bäckström, the case gets surreptitiously swept under the rug, and the victim is tied to a string of sex-related crimes, despite evidence to the contrary. 
Another ten years pass before the confounding truth about the murder victim is unearthed. Just as Lars Martin Johansson, a friend of Jarnebring’s, begins his tenure as the head of the Swedish Security Police, he inherits two files from his predecessor, one of which is on the murder victim—who turns out to have been a collaborator in the 1975 embassy takeover. Revealed now are not only the identities of the other collaborators but also the identity of the murderer: an intelligent, capable lawyer a heartbeat away from the top position in Sweden’s Ministry of Defense. With masterfully interlaced plotlines pulled from the darkest corners of political power and corruption, Another Time, Another Life bristles with wit, insight, and intensity.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stenskepp | 2/17/2014

    " Read this in Swedish and loved it. Not sure how the English translation is; I would imagine Persson's style and tone is difficult to capture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Torben | 2/15/2014

    " Bring it on. Slowly skewerning mediocracy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Barb Johnson | 2/12/2014

    " The narrator is dreadful. A good narrator can make even a mediocre book great, but in this case, what might be a good book is, unfortunately, ruined by a terrible narrator. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jiri | 2/4/2014

    " Pixar's rule of storytelling #19 says: "Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating." According to this rule, the whole book is full of such cheats - the cops never find anything by themselves, they are always told by someone who makes a sudden appearance in the story :-)) The space among such unexpected revelations is filled by dull details and mentoring which do not add to the story. Great plot but very poor execution. "

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