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Author: Leif G. W. Persson Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9780147520890
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***WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION'S INTERNATIONAL DAGGER 2017***
***WINNER OF THE DANISH ACADEMY OF CRIME WRITERS' PALLE ROSENKRANTZ PRIZE (Best Crime Novel 2012)***
***WINNER OF THE FINNISH ACADEMY OF CRIME WRITERS' AWARD (Best Crime Novel 2012)***

***WINNER OF THE GLASS KEY (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel 2011)***
***WINNER OF THE SWEDISH ACADEMY OF CRIME WRITERS' AWARD (Best Crime Novel of the Year 2010)***



LARS MARTIN JOHANSSON is a living legend. Cunning and perceptive, always one step ahead, he was known in the National Criminal Police as “the man who could see around corners.” But now Johansson is retired, living in the country, his police days behind him. 

Or so he thinks. 

After suffering a stroke, Johansson finds himself in the hospital. Tests show heart problems as well. And the only thing that can save him from despair is his doctor’s mention of an unsolved murder case from years before. The victim: an innocent nine-year-old girl. 

Johansson is determined to solve the case, no matter his condition. With the help of his assistant, Matilda, an amateur detective, and Max, an orphan with a personal stake in the case, he launches an informal investigation from his hospital bed. Racing against time, he uncovers a web of connections that links sex tourism to a dead opera singer and a self-made millionaire. And as Johansson draws closer to solving the crime, he finds that he will have to confront not just a mystery but his own mortality as well. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of The Glass Key Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel 
  • Winner of The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Palle Rosenkrantz Prize 
  • Named Best Crime Novel of the Year by both the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers and the Finnish Academy of Crime Writers 
  • Memorable. . . . well-paced. . . . brooding. . . . the crux of the story lies in Johansson’s wrestling with an appropriate solution to a crime that, incredibly, is fast slipping to the other side of the statute of limitations: does he let the bad guy get away, or does he take justice into his own hands? A knotty, sinuous story that leads to a hard-won resolution—and a decidedly conclusive end. Kirkus
  • The King of Swedish crime writing. Period. Kvällsposten, Sweden 
  • Extraordinarily fascinating . . . Extremely hard to put down. Jyllands-Posten, Denmark (five stars) 
  • With this amazing novel, Persson proves himself to be a significant voice, 
    classic yet original.
    La Repubblica, Italy 
  • Phenomenally brilliant. Politiken, Denmark (five stars) 
  • Persson is a divinely gifted storyteller. Dagens Nyheter, Sweden 
  • Excellent . . . Clever, amusing and imaginative. Folketidende, Denmark
  • “This exhaustively detailed police procedural, painstakingly translated by Neil Smith, speaks to [Persson’s] inclination to dig for the truth, regardless of the personal cost, which in this case is quite high. Maybe too high.”

    New York Times

  • A brilliant police procedural. . . . An absolutely masterful crime novel. Booklist (starred review)
  • "[In] Persson’s cleverly plotted police procedural…Johansson demonstrates real brilliance in identifying the killer, but equally impressive is what he does with the knowledge.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The crux of the story lies in Johansson’s wrestling with an appropriate solution to a crime that, incredibly, is fast slipping to the other side of the statute of limitations: does he let the bad guy get away, or does he take justice into his own hands? A knotty, sinuous story that leads to a hard-won resolution—and a decidedly conclusive end.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the Glass Key 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.