The Crime Writers’ Association

Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger 2017


Leif G W Persson

tr. Neil Smith

The Dying Detective

Published by: Doubleday

After a number of Backstrom adventures, what a pleasure to reach back in this series, and reflect on the gifts, various, of Persson’s earlier cast of mature characters. I quote Henry Reed’s parody of T. S. Eliot, ‘As we get older, we do not get any younger’. We do not, but perhaps we can remain ourselves until the end.

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