The Sword Of Justice: a slice of Swedish ‘super-salami’

Superintendent Evart Bäckström is one of Scandi crime’s outstanding creations. He’s an utterly loathsome creature; lazy, corrupt, bigoted and entirely self-centred. Yet his sly intelligence and his ability to manipulate any situation to suit himself mean that he has an impressive case clearance rate and a public persona to match his inflated self-image. Bäckström is…

Linda, As In The Linda Murder: sophisticated Scandi satire

A meticulous Scandi crime police procedural, one told with wit and intelligence and no small measure of on-the-job experience. When a young woman is murdered during an unusual heatwave in a Swedish summer, all the competent cops are sensibly on holiday. The flaky chief of police, who goes delightfully further round the bend as the…

The Dying Detective: an emotional end game

This book’s title totally gives the game away. The fate of Lars Johansson, not so very long retired from his position as head of Sweden’s national serious crime squad, is determined in the opening chapter during which he suffers a catastrophic cerebrovascular event. After a lifetime of good living, this stroke leaves him physically, emotionally…