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Leif GW Persson

Critically acclaimed and immensely popular Leif GW Persson (b. 1945) has for over three decades chronicled the political and social development of modern society in his dark, complex and humoristic crime novels, where the social realism of a Balzac or a Dickens blends with the hard-boiled street lingo of a James Ellroy, along with dry-witted sarcasm and an unparalleled capacity for satire. Persson takes a kaleidoscopic grasp of Swedish society, and is as credible in his portrayal of the man on the street as the greedy and corrupt politician.

At once Scandinavia’s most renowned criminologist and a leading psychological profiler, Persson has also served as an advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Justice. Since 1991, he holds the position of Professor at the National Swedish Police Board and is regularly consulted as the country's foremost expert on crime.

Awards

The CWA International Dagger UK – Den döende detektiven The Dying Detective 2017
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Den döende detektiven The Dying Detective 2017
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Den sanna historien om Pinocchios näsa The Sword of Justice 2016
Vilhelm Moberg Society’s Prize Sweden 2016
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Faller fritt som i en dröm Falling Freely, as if in a Dream 2015
The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Linda, som i Lindamordet Linda - As in the Linda Murder 2014
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – En annan tid, ett annat liv Another Time, Another Life 2013
The Piraten Award Sweden 2012
The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel) Finland – Den döende detektiven The Dying Detective 2012
The Finnish Whodunnit Society’s Award for Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing Finland 2012
The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Palle Rosenkrantz Prize (Best Crime Novel) Denmark – Den döende detektiven The Dying Detective 2012
The Glass Key (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel) The Nordic Countries – Den döende detektiven The Dying Detective 2011
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Den döende detektiven The Dying Detective 2010
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – En annan tid, ett annat liv Another Time, Another Life 2003
Shortlisted for the Glass Key (Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year) The Nordic Countries – Mellan sommarens längtan och vinterns köld Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End 2002
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Mellan sommarens längtan och vinterns köld Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End 2002
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Samhällsbärarna The Pillars Of Society 1982
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Bibliography

Memoir

Bäckström

Fall of the Welfare State

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Wonderful reviews for ‘The Truth Will Out 2’

The Truth Will Out 2 premiered this weekend on Viaplay and promptly received rave reviews in the press, which laud the second season as even better than the first. The crime drama series is based on an original idea by the award-winning author and criminologist Leif GW Persson, and is written and created by Aron Levander and Hans Jörnlind.

The Truth Will Out 2 gives us this year’s best Swedish TV season so far. /…/ Robert Gustafsson continues to deliver on the highest of levels, in what is without a doubt one of his career’s best and most gripping roles. The Truth Will Out season two raises the stakes also for its other characters, in what is both an impressive and cathartic manner. /…/ To conclude: When all the actors’ impressive performances are paired with a (from beginning to end) well-written script […] The Truth Will Out 2 succeeds in standing out from the crowd in the otherwise so crowded crime genre. There is no doubt that Peter Wendel’s story is time well spent before the TV.”
★★★★
Filmtopp, Sweden

“Freed of excessive motions, [The Truth Will Out 2] stands out from the crowd thanks to how different it feels; angsty, subdued, controlled, believable. A big part of the reason why the series works as well as it does is Robert Gustafsson, who is once more phenomenal in his role as the cold case group’s sorrowful, head-strong and at times easily distracted leader, Peter Wendel. /…/ Also Ia Langhammer’s for the genre rather odd character, Barbro Svensson, is an important puzzle piece. /…/ The five episodes leave you hungry for more. Here’s hoping there will be.”
★★★★
Aftonbladet, Sweden

The Truth Will Out 2 is even better than its first season.”
★★★★
Expressen, Sweden

“Horrific scenes are woven together with both suspense and humor in a genius way. Robert Gustafsson performs his life’s best role as the distracted and resigned workaholic [Peter Wendel]. /…/ The television series keeps the standard high and is hands down one of the best contemporary Swedish crime dramas there is.”
Cinetaste, Sweden

‘The Truth Will Out 2’ teaser trailer release

Today marks the release of the teaser trailer for The Truth Will Out season 2. The crime drama series is based on an original idea by the award-winning author and criminologist Leif GW Persson, and is written and created by Aron Levander and Hans Jörnlind. They are joined by episode writer Anna Platt.

‘Bäckström’ renewed for season 2

C More and TV4’s hugely successful crime drama series Bäckström, based on Leif GW Persson’s bestselling novels featuring the notorious Superintendent of the same name, has been renewed for a second season.

The second season, largely based on the third installment in the Bäckström series, The Sword of Justice, will be directed by Andreas Öhman and one more director. Screenplays are written by Jonathan Sjöberg and Dennis Magnusson. The series is produced by Yellow Bird for C More and TV4 in co-production with ARD Degeto and Film i Väst. Shooting will begin shortly and is set to Västra Götaland and Stockholm.

“Kjell Bergqvist’s interpretation of Leif GW Persson’s Bäckström was a smash hit on TV4 and C More. Therefore, it’s extra exciting to be able to continue on with a sequel. This time, the case is connected to a macabre, seemingly cursed music box, so the new season has an even bigger air of mystery around it – but Bäckström is still an asshole with a big heart and a lot of humor,” says Niva Westlin Dahl, Executive Producer at TV4/C More.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The Swedish bestseller lists for week 15 see Stina Jackson claim the No. 1 spot in hardback fiction with her recently published novel The Last Snow. The book also comes in at No. 2 in e-book and in the audiobook category the novel nabs the No. 2 spot (physical edition) and the No. 4 spot (digital edition). Anders de la Motte meanwhile comes in at No. 1 in both e-book and audio (physical edition) with his latest installment in the Skåne Quartet, Rites of Spring. He also features at No. 2 on the hardback list and No. 5 in audio with the digital edition. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 nabs the No. 5 spot on the hardback list. Leif GW Persson’s Pig Party makes an appearance in the audio list at No. 6.

The paperback list sees Katrine Engberg grab the No. 4 position with her debut novel The Tenant. Finally, the children’s fiction bestseller list features Jens Lapidus’ first installment in his new series for young readers, The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist, at No. 4.

‘Bäckström’ to premiere in Sweden March 23

C More and TV4’s new crime drama series, Bäckström, based on Leif GW Persson’s bestselling novels featuring the notorious Superintendent of the same name, is set to premiere in Sweden this March.

The TV series revolves around the nationally reknowned Superintendent Evert Bäckström (played by Kjell Bergqvist), who prides himself on having solved 99 per cent of all the cases that he has taken on. But when a skull with bullet holes is found on an uninhabited island in the archipelago, Evert Bäckström is confronted with a more difficult mystery than he could have imagined.

Bäckström consists of six episodes. The first two episodes will premiere on C More on March 23, and on TV4 April 7.

‘The Truth Will Out’ renewed for a second season

NENT Group has announced the renewal of The Truth Will Out for a second season. The success crime drama series is based on an original idea by the award-winning author and criminologist Leif GW Persson, and is written by Aron Levander and Hans Jörnlind, who will both stay on as writers for the second season.

The new episodes will be directed by Kristian Petri and Daniel Di Grado. Robert Gustafsson and Ia Langhammer will continue in the roles of Peter Wendel and Barbro Svensson.

The Truth Will Out season two will premiere in early 2021 on Viaplay and later air on Swedish Channel 5 and Dplay.

‘The Truth Will Out’ nominated for the Kristallen Awards

The success crime drama series The Truth Will Out has been nominated for ‘Best Drama’, ‘Best Male Actor’ (Robert Gustafsson) and ‘Best Female Actor’ (Ia Langhammer) at the 2019 Kristallen Awards. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on August 30.

The Truth Will Out is written by Aron Levander and Hans Jörnlind, and is based on an original idea by the award-winning author and criminologist Leif GW Persson.

The hit series premiered on Channel 5 in Sweden in August 2018 and is available on the SVOD platform Viaplay.

The March bestseller lists in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller lists for March see Lars Kepler claim the No. 1 spot on the hardcover list with Lazarus. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt follow at No. 2 with A Higher Justice.

The non-fiction list’s No. 1 goes to Leif GW Persson’s memoir, Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career.

On the paperback list, Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X comes in at No. 4, and just after it at No. 5 is Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road. Jackson also features at No. 1 on the e-book list, and No. 3 on the audio one. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 5 on the e-book list.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official weekly bestseller list for hardcovers sees two familiar names in the top three: Lars Kepler, whose Lazarus is No. 2, and Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, who come in at No. 3 with A higher Justice. Leif GW Persson also stays in the top three, but on the non-fiction list. His Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career is No. 3 this week.

The paperback list sees Stefan Ahnhem shoot to the top, placing No. 1 with Motive X. Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road is No. 5 on the same list, but also comes in at No. 3 in audio, and No. 2 in e-books. She's joined on the e-book list by Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman, No. 5 this week.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists of week 11 (March 11-17th) are topped by among else Lars Kepler, who claim the No. 1 spot in the hardcover category with Lazarus. Also on the hardcover list is Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher JusticeNo. 3 this week – and Jo Nesbø, who comes in at No. 5 with The Thirst.

In the paperback category, Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road comes in at No. 4, additionally landing the No. 2 spot on the e-book list. Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career also claims a No. 2 placement, coming in second on the nonfiction list.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus stays at No. 1 on the hardcover list for week 10. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice meanwhile jumps a few placements and lands at No. 2. Jonas Gardell grabs the last top five spot and places in at No. 5 with In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

Leif GW Persson also climbs this week, claiming the No. 1 spot on the non-fiction list with Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career.

Concluding this week’s round-up is Stina Jackson, whose The Silver Road features on three lists. It comes in at No. 4 on the paperback list and No. 5 on the e-book and audio book lists.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists for week 9 are out, and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus comes in at No. 1 on the hardcover list, having moved up one position from last week. Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love grabs spot No. 3 on the same list, followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice, which comes in at No. 4.

Stina Jackson and Niklas Natt och Dag occupy multiple positions on this week’s lists. Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road stays in the top positions, placing at No. 1 on the e-book list, No. 2 on the paperback list and No. 3 on the audio one. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman places at No. 4 on both the audio- and e-book lists and comes in at No. 5 on the paperback one. Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm holds spot No. 3 on the e-book list.

Lastly, in the non-fiction category, Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, comes in at No. 2.

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