The Dying Detective

The Dying Detective

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Lars Martin Johansson is retired, living in the country, his police days behind him--or so he thinks. When he finds himself in the hospital having suffered a stroke, tests revealing heart problems as well, the only thing that saves him from despair is his doctor's interest in an unsolved murder case from years before. The victim was a nine-year-old girl, raped and strangled to death, and now Johansson determines to solve the crime despite his condition.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780307907639
Characteristics: 426 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew)
Call Number: PERSSON, L


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Nov 07, 2017

If you have already grown to appreciate the imposing, headstrong and powerful Lars Martin Johansson, then you may enjoy his final appearance; if not, it would be beneficial to begin with the earlier trilogy (Between Summer's Longing and Winter's Cold 2010 [year of English translation], Another Time, Another Life, 2012, and Falling Freely, as if in a Dream, 2014). This book is a departure in style from his earlier writings which weaves a number of character viewpoints together; in The Dying Detective, Johansson is retired but still influential and the boredom of recuperation from a stroke makes him itchy for a case to occupy his mind - much of the dialog is internal. His cadre of carers form conduits to information on the case of a child brutally killed 25 years previously, for which the statute of limitations has just run out. Johansson sifts the details and a suspect emerges, though justice makes a bit of a detour.
It's a good story, but knowing Johansson from early in his career is probably what makes it such an enjoyable read for me.

multcolib_susannel Jul 15, 2017

After a debilitating stroke, detective Lars Martin Johansson , attempts to solve a cold case involving a raped and murdered nine-year girl.

Jun 28, 2017

I learned that Swedish author Persson's The Dying Detective won the Glass Key award for Best Scandinavian crime novel. I'm #39 on the hold list at HCL (Southdale), so I've yet to read it. However, I want to mention that the set-up is VERY remindful of Josephine Tey's classic, The Daughter of Time.


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