Another Time, Another Life – Leif GW Persson

Posted: February 10, 2013 in general fiction, Review

another time another life1975 – German radicals hold the West German embassy in Stockholm hostage, demanding the release of Baader-Meinhof members imprisoned in West Germany.  The siege ends with the deaths of two hostage and capture of the terrorists.

1985 – a Swedish civil servant is murdered in mysterious circumstances.  The two detectives investigating were hindered by a corrupt, incompetent senior officer.

1999 – the Swedish Security Police look into open case files, two on Swedes who were suspected of collaborating in the 1975 attack on the German embassy, one of whom was murdered in 1989…..

The investigation is reopened and leads up the Swedish political ladder to the Prime Minister’s office.

This was a DNF (Did Not Finish) book for me.  Despite the plot being complex and tightly plotted, there was very little action.  The story started off well and then slowed, with the author describing ‘he did this’, then ‘she did this’ then ‘he did that’.  The characters started off being sympathetic but then some additional nasty ones were added and they all seemed one dimensional and flat.  I stopped reading halfway through which was a shame as I wanted to know the ending.

This is just a personal opinion and obviously I don’t ‘get’ subtle books or the Swedish humour didn’t translate well into English for me.  Don’t let me put you off if the synopsis appeals to you.

Double Day

Supplied by Random House

Reviewed by Jan


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