Euro Crime Review: Linda, As in the Linda Murder

Posted: February 28, 2013 in review, Scandinavia, Sweden, Uncategorized

51WrzjbXCpL._SL500_AA300_You can read my review of Linda, As In The Linda Murder by Leif G.W. Persson translated by Neil Smith at Karen’s great resource for crime fiction fans, Euro Crime


The anti-hero of this book, detective Evert Backstrom featured as a minor character in Leif G.W. Persson’s earlier book [Another Time , Another Life] but he was unique and definitely deserved a whole series all to himself.


‘ Hang on a minute,’ Backstrom said. He had suddenly remembered who they were talking about. “Didn’t he get life? Is that fucker already on the loose?

‘First he got life imprisonment in the district court. But the appeal court sentenced him to a secure psychiatric ward with specific probationary requirements, and according to our records he’s still inside, even though it’s now six years since he was sentenced. Must be a new record for a secure psychiatric unit.’ 

Anyone who thinks Swedes have no sense of humour should read this novel and try and work out how much is the author’s invention, and how much is an account of what really goes on among Stockholm’s finest.

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Quite a fine review, Norman, for which thanks. I always find it interesting when an author takes a minor character from one novel and gives that character a ‘starring role’ in another series. I’m glad that worked for you.

  2. Mrs P. says:

    Persson has become one of my favourite crime authors, and Backstrom really is a masterpiece of a character! Have just finished the novel and enjoyed it hugely, along with your review.

  3. Norman Price says:

    Thanks Mrs P. I suspect that Persson may well have based Backstrom on some real police officers.

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