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Backstrom: He Who Kills the Dragon (Backstrom Series)
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Backstrom: He Who Kills the Dragon (Backstrom Series)

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Author: Persson, Leif GW

Brand: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Media tie-in

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Number Of Pages: 368

Release Date: 20-01-2015

Details: Product Description 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. About the Author Leif GW Persson has chronicled the political and social development of modern Swedish society in his award-winning novels for more than three decades. He 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. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. 1.   A gravy-stained tie, a cast-iron saucepan lid and a basic upholstery hammer with a broken wooden handle. These were the three most striking things found by the forensics team of Solna Police during their preliminary investigation of the crime-scene. But you didn’t have to be a forensics expert to work out that these three things had, in all probability, been used to kill the victim. Anyone with a pair of eyes and a strong stomach could figure that out. As far as the upholstery hammer with the broken handle was concerned, it became clear relatively quickly that – with, if possible, even greater probability – those initial impressions had been wrong, and that the hammer at least hadn’t been used when the perpetrator killed his victim. As the forensics team got on with their work, the investigating officers had done what they had to. They’d knocked on the doors of people living nearby, asking about the victim and if anyone had seen anything that could be connected to what had happened. One woman, a civilian under contract with the police, had set to work finding out whatever she could from her computer – contracted civilians usually took care of that line of inquiry. It didn’t take long before they had uncovered the tragic story of the most common murder victim in Swedish criminal history during the one and a half centuries that records had been kept. Probably considerably longer than that, seeing as court records from as far back as the early medieval period show the same picture as the legal records of industrialised society. The classic Swedish murder victim, if you like. In today’s terminology: “A single, middle-aged man, socially marginalised, with a serious alcohol dependency.”   “Your standard pisshead, basically,” was how Detective Superintendent Evert Bäckström, head of the preliminary investigation for Solna Police, described the victim to his boss after the initial meeting of the team on the case.   2.   Even if there was more than enough proof in both the neighbour’s statements and the information pulled from various registers, the evidence provided by the two forensics experts had given further support to the argument. “A typical

EAN: 9780307950383

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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