The Dying Detective

The Dying Detective

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Book - 2016
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"A galvanizing new thriller from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author--a stand-alone novel that finds legendary Swedish homicide detective Lars Martin Johansson racing against time to solve one final murder. In the National Criminal Investigation Department he was known as "the man who sees around corners." Now Johansson is retired, living in the country, his police days behind him. Or so he thinks. When he finds himself in the hospital having suffered a stroke, tests revealing heart problems as well, the only thing that saves him from despair is his doctor's interest in an unsolved murder case from years before. The victim was a nine-year-old girl, raped and strangled to death, and now Johansson determines to solve the crime despite his condition. He launches an informal investigation from his hospital bed--with the help of Matilda, a wannabe Lisbeth Salander, and Max, an orphan personally invested in child-abuse cases--and begins to draw a web of connections between sex tourism, a deceased opera singer, and a self-made millionaire. And as he draws closer to solving the crime, he finds that he is confronting not just a case, but his own mortality."
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780307907639
0307907635
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Per
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew), - Translator

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dkyle70
Nov 07, 2017

If you have already grown to appreciate the imposing, headstrong and powerful Lars Martin Johansson, then you may enjoy his final appearance; if not, it would be beneficial to begin with the earlier trilogy (Between Summer's Longing and Winter's Cold 2010 [year of English translation], Another Time, Another Life, 2012, and Falling Freely, as if in a Dream, 2014). This book is a departure in style from his earlier writings which weaves a number of character viewpoints together; in The Dying Detective, Johansson is retired but still influential and the boredom of recuperation from a stroke makes him itchy for a case to occupy his mind - much of the dialog is internal. His cadre of carers form conduits to information on the case of a child brutally killed 25 years previously, for which the statute of limitations has just run out. Johansson sifts the details and a suspect emerges, though justice makes a bit of a detour.
It's a good story, but knowing Johansson from early in his career is probably what makes it such an enjoyable read for me.

multcolib_susannel Jul 15, 2017

After a debilitating stroke, detective Lars Martin Johansson , attempts to solve a cold case involving a raped and murdered nine-year girl.

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goaltree
Jun 28, 2017

I learned that Swedish author Persson's The Dying Detective won the Glass Key award for Best Scandinavian crime novel. I'm #39 on the hold list at HCL (Southdale), so I've yet to read it. However, I want to mention that the set-up is VERY remindful of Josephine Tey's classic, The Daughter of Time.

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