Bratwurst. With mustard and all sorts of extras for the delicious, craved sausage. And then Swedish CSI Detective Lars Martin Johansson takes a bite and has a stroke. Thus begins a wonderfully written 500 page Scandinavian mystery about an extraordinary man and detective. In the National Crime Police, Johansson is the cop who is known as the “man who could see around corners.”
Persson has expertly drawn out the several characters we follow from hospital to sofa at home to chauffeured car rides – But our main interest is in Johansson, who is paralyzed on one side, whose mouth droops and has debilitating headaches! But he leads his little team on the chase of a murderer of a little girl killed many years before.
The remarkable writing brings these characters into your home as you read Persson’s novel, which though a mystery novel, does not show us any violence. Strangely this book is uplifting, and yet you can guess the expected outcome from the start. Our hero Johansson is in a race against time to catch his foe.
I was sorry to turn the last page on this book. I laughed sometimes with the wonderful dialogue and closed the book several times to ponder a sentence or thought that Persson had written. How often does one do that in reading any novel.
Persson is from Stockholm and works as a professor in criminology at the Swedish National Police Board. The Dying Detective has won not just the Crime Writer’s Association International Dagger 2017, but it also is the winner of the Dannish, the Finnish and the Swedish Academy of Crime Writer’s Awards (that is three separate awards, not one!), as well as the Glass Key, which is the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel.
This is a book not just for those who like Scandinavian mysteries, however. As I said the typical Scandinavian mystery violence is missing. Rather this is a mystery for those who like a well-written, 500-page, quick read which will please your reader’s need for pleasure and action.
5 of 5 Stars