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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780552774680
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $24.99

Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End

(The Story of a Crime 1)

One of the greatest Swedish crime novels of all time.

It begins with the apparent suicide of a young American student in Stockholm. What is at first an open and shut case of suicide quickly leads to a complex web of international espionage, treachery and ultimately the legendary murder of the Swedish Prime Minister, Olof Palme. Dogged by the incompetence of their colleagues and the murkiness of the political aspects of the case, a few good and honourable policemen must make their way through a world of corruption, violence and prejudice if they are to survive and discover the truth behind the greatest trauma to hit Sweden in living memory.

  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780552774680
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Leif G W Persson

Leif G.W. Persson is Scandinavia's most renowned criminologist and a leading psychological profiler. He has also served as an advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Justice. Since 1991, he has held the position of Professor at the National Swedish Police Board and is regularly consulted as the country's foremost expert on crime.

He is the author of ten bestselling crime novels including The Dying Detective which won both the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award for Best Crime Novel of 2010 and The Glass Key for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of 2010.

During his career Persson has been the recipient of many other prestigious awards including The Piraten Award, The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award (which he has won three times), The Finnish Whodunnit Society's Annual Award for Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing, The Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel, and The Danish Academy of Crime Writers' Palle Rosenkrantz Prize.

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Praise for Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End

Ambitious... as well as being an intricately detailed crime narrative this is a powerful state-of-the-nation novel. Those who feel that crime fiction can tackle truly serious issue should pay close attention to Persson's magnum opus


A masterpiece of political and police intrigue

Yorkshire Evening Post

Reminiscent of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson in its toughness... A philosophically charged tale worthy of Ingmar Bergman-but with lots more guns

Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Leif GW Persson's books are both brilliant and unique - stylish crime requiems marked by pitch-black humour and an unparalleled satiricat sting

Hakan Nesser

From a country known for terrific crime novelists, Sweden's great crime writer Leif G.W. Persson brilliantly takes the reader into a world of fascinating mystery and secrets

Joseph Wambaugh

One of the best detective novels ever written in Sweden

Dagens Arbete

One of the best Swedish crime novels of all time


This is not only a compelling crime story to be read without stopping until the last page. It is not only an unforgettable tale with a ferocious and bitter unexpected ending. It is much more. This is a masterpiece

Il Sole 24 Ore

A teeth-gritting political thriller... Authentic with silent anger, tough and utterly haunting

Berliner Morgenpost

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