Backstrom: He Who Kills the Dragon: He Who Kills the Dragon Audiobook, by Leif G. W. Persson Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Leif G. W. Persson Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Series:The Evert Backstrom Series Release Date: January 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781101913468

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From a master of Scandinavian crime fiction--the first in a brilliant series of novels centered around the investigations of one irascible, obdurate, and very thirsty Swedish police officer: Detective Superintendent Evert Bäckström of the National Murder Squad.


Detective Bäckström is Persson's persistently repulsive yet undeniably brilliant comic creation--an unforgettable cop winding his way through the black comedy of a crime scene, and managing to upset nearly everyone in the process.When a newspaper delivery boy finds a 68 year-old alcoholic lying dead in his apartment--beaten with a saucepan lid and hammer, and then strangled--everyone expects an open-and-shut murder case, everyone that is but Hawaiian-shirt clad Detective Bäckström who's been assigned to lead the investigation team. Under strict orders from his doctor to improve his health as quickly as possible, Bäckström has begun stumbling to work on foot, and even eating vegetables. The police force isn't what it used to be though, and now that it's crowded with women and foreigners resisting a drink is harder than ever before. But when the newspaper boy goes missing Bäckström's suspicions are proven correct, giving his irrepressible mix of luck and laziness a chance to save the day, while managing to upset nearly everyone in the process.

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  • “The irascible detective Backstrom is in the process of trying not to kill himself. He’s under strict instructions to stop drinking, get more exercise, and vary his diet—all of which make him irritable, a state of mind that is expertly delivered by narrator Erik Davies. The detective specializes in thumbing his nose at political correctness. His sardonic inner monologue, laced with sarcasm against women and foreigners, will have listeners laughing—maybe in shock—at his frankness. Davies uses a neutral style for the narrative and deftly portrays a diverse range of secondary characters, including Somali refugees and Swedish police. He manages capably with the Swedish names and places, adding even more authenticity to the story. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”



  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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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.