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Grisfesten Pig Party

Pig Party is the first of Persson’s crime novels, introducing the immensely likeable though unsubtle policemen Johansson and Jarnebring and their not-so-likeable colleagues. This is a burlesque and hilariously funny police procedure novel, where everything goes wrong from the start, and justice truly shows herself to be a blind goddess. At the same time, it is a thoroughly researched and painstakingly realistic snapshot of practical police work, giving a slightly scary portrait of modern society and its upholders.

The No.1 national bestseller Pig Party is the first part of Leif GW Persson’s crime series with Police Detectives Lars M Johansson and Bo Jarnebring.

In 1984, Pig Party was made into a motion picture called The Man From Mallorca, directed by Academy Award nominee Bo Wideberg.

Reviews

  • “A bold story, full of humour, presence and striking powers of observations. …Persson simply stands out as one extremely talented pupil to Sjöwall & Wahlöö.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “There’s a flow in the storytelling that brings Sjöwall & Wahlöö to mind and a burlesque tone that is not far from Kenneth Ahl. Most of all there’s a superior knowledge about police work behind the scenes which gives a trustworthiness that few authors in this genre even comes close to.”

    Sydsvenskan, Sweden

  • “A brilliant and very entertaining novel.”

    BLM, Sweden

  • “The intrigue is masterly constructed and, as with Sjöwall & Wahlöö, the book gives interesting insights to the police work.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “The intrigue is masterly constructed and, as with Sjöwall & Wahlöö, the book gives interesting insights to the police work.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “Write one more!”

    GP, Sweden

  • “A breathlessly suspenseful police novel.”

    FIB Kulturfront, Sweden

  • “A Voltairian satire of the Swedish police system.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “An absolutely perfect debut.”

    Information, Denmark

  • Pig Party is a surprisingly timeless and incredibly entertaining read.”

    Kaleva, Finland

  • “Superbly mastered and devilishly witty.”

    Ruumiin Kulttuuri, Finland

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Author
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Published
1978
Genre
  • Crime
Pages
305
Reading material

French edition

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Finland, Otava

France, Rivages

Germany, Btb

Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

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