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Linda, as in the Linda Murder
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The irascible, obdurate, and very thirsty Detective Superintendent Evert Backstrom of the National Murder Squad returns in a new novel from the reigning master of Scandinavian fiction. It s the dead of summer in the sleepy town of Vaxjo when twenty-year-old police cadet Linda Wallin is found lying facedown in her mother s apartment, brutally murdered and raped. With no clear motive or suspect in sight, a series of bureaucratic mix-ups causes the National Crime Unit to send Backstrom and his team into the countryside to solve the case. The ever-irritable Backstrom leaves his beloved goldfish behind, checks into a local hotel, and begins to reconstruct the night of Linda s murder. But with more than a few bottles in tow, and a constantly growling stomach to look after, things don t go so well, and Backstrom has to rely on the help of his colleagues to solve the crime no matter how angry that makes him."
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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. A professor at the Swedish National Police Board, he is considered the country's foremost expert on crime.

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Praise for Persson's Story of a Crime trilogy: "This may be just what fans of Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson are looking for." --Booklist (starred review) "Exceptional.... Persson writes with a sure hand and sharp insight.... Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction will eat it up." --Library Journal "Laced with irony and satire...Persson does a fine job of pitting one desperate soul against another in a philosophically charged tale worthy of Ingmar Bergman--but with lots more guns." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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