The dying detective : a mystery / Leif G.W. Persson ; translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith.

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      First American edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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."
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      Döende detektiven. English
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      PERSSON, L. G. W.; SMITH, N. The dying detective : a mystery. [s.l.] : Pantheon Books, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 19 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Persson LGW, Smith N. The Dying Detective : A Mystery. Pantheon Books; 2017. Accessed October 19, 2019.
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      Persson, L. G. W., & Smith, N. (2017). The dying detective : a mystery. Pantheon Books. Retrieved from
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      Persson, Leif G. W., and Neil Smith. 2017. The Dying Detective : A Mystery. Pantheon Books.
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      Persson, L. G. W. and Smith, N. (2017) The dying detective : a mystery. Pantheon Books. Available at: (Accessed: 19 October 2019).
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      Persson, LGW & Smith, N 2017, The dying detective : a mystery, Pantheon Books, viewed 19 October 2019, .
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      Persson, Leif G. W., and Neil Smith. The Dying Detective : A Mystery. Pantheon Books, 2017. EBSCOhost,
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      Persson, Leif G. W., and Neil Smith. The Dying Detective : A Mystery. Pantheon Books, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Persson LGW, Smith N. The dying detective : a mystery [Internet]. Pantheon Books; 2017 [cited 2019 Oct 19]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 April #2

*Starred Review* Persson is Sweden's most renowned psychological profiler and considered the country's foremost expert on crime. He has authored a number of police procedurals centered in Stockholm that feature an ensemble cast with characters from the National Criminal Police who come and go in the novels, much like Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad detectives. The Dying Detective centers on Lars Martin Johansson, a living legend, "the man who could see around corners." Now retired, he has suffered a stroke. His doctor inadvertently engages him in a cold case, the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl. He undertakes an investigation that starts out (à la Josephine Tey) in his hospital bed and then continues at home, much to the dismay of his wife and the delight of his associates. A brilliant police procedural unfolds within which Johansson must confront his mortality: "What sort of life is it if you're just counting down the days to the end?" Johansson manages to solve the 25-year-old crime within a month despite his fading memory and failing body, even though scores of police officers worked on it for several years. In the hands of a lesser storyteller, this novel, which takes more than 400 pages to tell, would collapse under the staggering amount of dialogue and detail, but, in Persson's telling, it is almost impossible to put down. An absolutely masterful crime novel. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 March #4

At the start of Persson's cleverly plotted police procedural, Lars Martin Johansson, a celebrated Stockholm investigator who's now retired and living in the country, suffers a stroke and is taken to the local hospital, where his doctor, Ulrika Stenholm, tells him about an unsolved 25-year-old murder. Ulrika's father, a retired vicar, told her shortly before his recent death that he once took confession from someone who knew who had kidnapped and killed nine-year-old Yasmine Ermegan, the daughter of two Iranian immigrants. After recovering, Johansson—unofficially—investigates, with the help of his former partner, Jarnebring. The initial case was botched back in 1985; thanks to a law abolishing the statute of limitations, it can't be prosecuted now. Johansson demonstrates real brilliance in identifying the killer, but equally impressive is what he does with the knowledge. Persson (Free Falling, as if in a Dream) provides plenty of domestic details and lengthy asides, which lend interest but slow the narrative. Agent: Niclas Salomonsson, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden). (May)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.