In 1975, six young people stormed the West German embassy in Stockholm, taking the entire staff hostage. They demanded the immediate release of members of the Baader- Meinhof group being held as prisoners in West Germany, but twelve hours into the siege, the embassy was blown up, two hostages were dead, and many others were injured, including the captors. Thus begins Leif GW Persson’s Another Time, Another Life.
The story, based on real events linked to the still-unsolved assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, p icks up in 1989, as the seemingly unrelated stabbing death of a civil servant is investigated by officers Bo Jarnebring and Anna Holt. Under the supervision of their cantankerous, prejudiced, and corrupt superior, Evert Bäckström, the case gets surreptitiously swept under the rug, and the victim is tied to a string of sex-related crimes, despite evidence to the contrary.
Another ten years pass before the confounding truth about the murder victim is unearthed. Just as Lars Martin Johansson, a friend of Jarnebring’s, begins his tenure as the head of the Swedish Security Police, he inherits two files from his predecessor, one of which is on the murder victim—who turns out to have been a collaborator in the 1975 embassy takeover. Revealed now are not only the identities of the other collaborators but also the identity of the murderer: an intelligent, capable lawyer a heartbeat away from the top position in Sweden’s Ministry of Defense. With masterfully interlaced plotlines pulled from the darkest corners of political power and corruption, Another Time, Another Life bristles with wit, insight, and intensity.
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It helps to know something about the time in which the story is set, and who Olof Palme was, to appreciate the book.Read Full Review of Another Time, Another Life : ... | See more reviews from Kirkus
The author’s straightforward journalistic approach makes the historical events seem remote and unapproachable, akin to a documentary-style police procedural.Read Full Review of Another Time, Another Life : ... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
It is at this point, too, that Persson's true genius becomes evident, and that is his cunning in conflating his plot with history's, for seating fictional events in a force field created by powerful economic interests and global Realpolitik.Read Full Review of Another Time, Another Life : ...
The new book doesn’t answer that latter question, but here he’s playing with the sexism/machoism in a blatant way.Read Full Review of Another Time, Another Life : ...
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