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Extended Audio Sample Backstrom: He Who Kills the Dragon: He Who Kills the Dragon, by Leif G. W. Persson Click for printable size audiobook cover
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 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: Related: The Evert Backstrom Series Release Date:
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From a master of Scandinavian crime fiction comes 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.

When a newspaper delivery boy finds a sixty-eight-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 has been assigned to lead the investigation team. Under strict orders from his doctor to improve his health as quickly as possible, Bäckström has begun getting 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.

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 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.”

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