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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: March 2012 ISBN: 9780449009567
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • An astonishing novel. Once again, Persson has written a masterpiece of a crime novel. Spectacular and thrilling, arrogant and titillating, entertaining and well written. Västerviks-Tidningen
  • A whopper of a thriller. Jyllands-Posten
  • A masterly political thriller that plays in a league of its own. Aftonbladet
  • A dark, politically charged thriller . . . Red herrings—perhaps better, Red Brigades Herrings—ensue, as Persson unfolds a carefully plotted story . . . A practiced, Larsson-worthy procedural. Kirkus
  • Exceptional . . . Persson writes with a sure hand and sharp insight. His detectives are human, interesting, and fallible . . . Another winner from Persson. If anything, it’s even better than the first book. Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction will eat it up. Library Journal
  • While the documentary-style narrative is a bit of a departure from what Scandinavian crime fans have come to expect, it works quite well here (better than in Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End). In fact, this may be just what fans of Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson are looking for. Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 1/24/2014

    " I felt the story was too overcomplicated and difficult to follow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 1/20/2014

    " I didn't care for the book at all. I listened to it and that might have been some of the problem, but I didn't even like the way it was written. I found it to be confusing going back and forth, and the swedish names made it even more so. I found myself wishing for a character named smith. Overall I felt it was just too slow in getting to the point of the plot. By the time it ended, I was glad to be finished. I probably shouldn't have even bothered finishing it, but I hate to start a book and not finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 1/16/2014

    " Was ok but lost interest 3/4 of the way through so I moved on to something else. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jody | 12/9/2013

    " I gave this book 150 pages and just couldn't get into it. Poor translation? I don't know but it was just to wordy to move the story along for me. And then I looked at the stack of 6 books waiting to be read before their due dates and decided to pack it in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 11/29/2013

    " This was the second book I tried by this author. I didn't like his other book, but thought I would try this since in this one he writes about the assasination of Olaf Palme. But, unfortunately, didn't like this one either. Too slow,and I couldn't connect with the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 9/18/2013

    " If you like Swedish Noir this is not a book/writer you want to miss. Outstanding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 zenbren | 4/4/2013

    " A thoroughly satisfying read. Dark and absorbing. Makes me wonder why Nordic writers are so adept at creating searing political murder mysteries. Shades of Nesbo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raimo Wirkkala | 3/24/2013

    " A well-crafted story inhabited by an eclectic cast of characters all of whom, it seems, wrestle with the definition of "justice". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melody Stiles | 10/29/2012

    " Reading it felt like slogging through mud. I finally gave up. Life's too short. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 janis | 5/12/2012

    " a good story, but the writing was pompous and overdone. for everything a character says, we also have to read the hidden or unspoken thought. it's an overly-clever ploy that gets tedious quickly. i liked all the familiar spots in stockholm. "

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About the Author

Leif G. W. Persson has chronicled the political and social development of modern Swedish society in his award-winning novels for more than three decades. Persson has served as an adviser to the Swedish Ministry of Justice and is Sweden’s most renowned psychological profiler. He is a professor at Sweden’s National Police Board and is considered the country’s foremost expert on crime. He lives in Stockholm.

About the Narrator

Erik Davies is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice-over actor. His stage credits include G.R. Point, Unpublished Letters, and Flats Fixed. Some of his television and film appearances include ER, Third Watch, and a starring role in the hit indie comedy High Society: A Pot Boiler. His audiobook narration has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.