The Dying Detective

The Dying Detective

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"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, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780307907639
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PERSSON 2017
Characteristics: 426 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew)


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Oct 12, 2017

Wonderful book. Since I am in my 60's I delighted in the cranky Johansson, a retired detective who is recuperating from a stroke, and meanwhile putting his keen mind (he was known as being able to "see around corners" during his time on the force) to work on a cold case that has come his way. Interesting tie-ins to aging and death. The detailed unraveling of the many strands that lead to the killer was fascinating. Why people lie and cover up for another person, all those family connections that require loyalty and feigned ignorance, this was another theme. Ending was extremely Old Testament, not my favorite, but, of course we like to see a righteous resolution.

Sep 12, 2017

Renown Swedish policeman suffers a stroke and, while recuperating, works a cold case to aid his recovery. Overly long and tedious book.


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