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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, Shortlisted for the Petrona Award, Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, Vilhelm Moberg Society’s Prize, Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, The Petrona Award, Shortlisted for the Petrona Award, The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, The Finnish Whodunnit Society’s Award for Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing, The Piraten Award, The Glass Key, The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, Shortlisted for the Glass Key, Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award See full list
The CWA International Dagger UK – Den döende detektiven 2017
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Den döende detektiven 2017
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Den sanna historien om Pinocchios näsa 2016
Vilhelm Moberg Society’s Prize Sweden 2016
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger UK – Faller fritt som i en dröm 2015
The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Linda, som i Lindamordet 2014
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – En annan tid, ett annat liv 2013
The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Palle Rosenkrantz Prize (Best Crime Novel) Denmark – Den döende detektiven 2012
The Finnish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel) Finland – Den döende detektiven 2012
The Finnish Whodunnit Society’s Award for Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing Finland 2012
The Piraten Award Sweden 2012
The Glass Key (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel) The Nordic Countries – Den döende detektiven 2011
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Den döende detektiven 2010
Shortlisted for the Glass Key (Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year) The Nordic Countries – Mellan sommarens längtan och vinterns köld 2002
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Mellan sommarens längtan och vinterns köld 2002
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – En annan tid, ett annat liv 2003
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Samhällsbärarna 1982
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The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love remains one of the top titles on the official weekly bestseller list in Sweden, coming in at No. 2 this week. The top spot on the paperback list is meanwhile claimed by Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, No. 1 for the third week in a row. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 5 on the same paperback list.

New on the list for children’s books is Kristina Ohlsson, whose just published The Mummy’s Riddle rockets to No. 2. The Mummy’s Riddle is the third book in the Monster Trilogy.

The nonfiction list remains unchanged also this week, with Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career placing No. 4.

On the audio and e-book list Jørn Lier Horst makes a double appearance with his The Katharina Code, which comes in at No. 3 on the audio list and No. 2 on the e-book one. Arne Dahl’s Turmoil is No. 4 on the e-book list.

The August bestseller lists in Sweden

The official bestseller lists for the month of August are out in Sweden, and on the hardcover fiction list Jonas Gardell’s new novel In Memory of an Unconditional Love comes in at No. 3. Just after Gardell comes Arne Dahl and Turmoil at No. 4. Dahl also makes an appearance on the e-book list, where Turmoil is No. 2.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman (1793) is No. 4 on the same e-book list, and No. 4 on the paperback list. Anders de la Motte’s second stand-alone novel Deeds of Fall is No. 3 in the paperback category.

Lastly, Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2 on the nonfiction list, and No. 2 on the audio list.

Jonas Gardell, Leif GW Persson, Anders de la Motte, Niklas Natt och Dag and Jørn Lier Horst on the Swedish lists

On this week’s official bestseller list from Sweden, Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love shoots to the top of the hardcover fiction list, claiming the No. 1 spot. On the audio list Gardell comes in at No. 4. Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career places at No. 5 on the same audio list, and stays at No. 4 on the nonfiction list.

Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall continues to hold the No. 1 spot on the paperback list and is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag who places at No. 2 with 1793.

Finally, The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst places at No. 3 on the e-book list.

Jonas Gardell, Anders de la Motte, Leif GW Persson, Niklas Natt och Dag, Arne Dahl and Jørn Lier Horst on the Swedish lists

This week’s official bestseller lists from Sweden see Jonas Gardell at No. 3 on the hardcover fiction list with his just published In Memory of an Unconditional Love.

The paperback list is meanwhile topped by Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall, coming in at No. 1. De la Motte is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag who places No. 4 with 1793.

Leif GW Persson makes a repeat appearance on the lists with his Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, which claims the No. 4 position on the nonfiction list and the No. 5 on the audio list. Arne Dahl’s Turmoil comes in at No. 4 on the same audio list, and No. 3 on the e-book one. Jørn Lier Horst’s just published The Katharina Code is No. 2 on the e-book list.

Arne Dahl, Niklas Natt och Dag and Leif GW Persson on the Swedish bestseller lists

Arne Dahl’s latest Berger & Blom novel, Turmoil, continues to stay on the Swedish bestseller list, claiming the No. 1 spot on the e-book list. It also holds the No. 3 spot on the audiobook list.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1793 stays in the top on the paperback list, coming in at No. 4 this week.

Finally, Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 3 on the non-fiction list.

Arne Dahl, Leif GW Persson and Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

Arne Dahl’s Turmoil debuts on the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcovers at No. 2. The third Berger & Blom novel also claims a spot on the ebook list, where it is No. 3.

Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2 on the nonfiction list, similarly occupying a second spot on the lists in the form of a No. 3 placement on the audio list.

Lastly there is the paperback list, where Niklas Natt och Dag continues to place among the top authors and titles. His 1793 is No. 3 this week, and No. 2 on the ebook list.

‘The Truth Will Out’ to premiere on Channel 5 next week

The Truth Will Out, the TV series based on an original idea by the award-winning author and criminologist Leif GW Persson, and adapted for the small screen by Aron Levander and Hans Jörnlind, will premiere on Channel 5 in Sweden on August 21st.

The Truth Will Out centers around police detective Peter Wendel (played by Robert Gustafsson) and his work as he heads a newly started cold case group. Gustafsson is joined in the cast by la Langhammer, Louise Peterhoff and Christopher Wagelin, among others. The psychological drama series is directed by Kjell-Åke Andersson and Liza Farzaneh.

Even before its premiere, the series has received widespread acclaim in Swedish press:

“A series that’s different from the rest, expertly acted and thoroughly thrilling. /…/ A truly excellent series.”
-Aftonbladet

The Truth Will Out is this TV fall’s most given hit series. /…/ Right from the start, The Truth Will Out has three impressive elements to it: Robert Gustafsson’s deliberate acting, a low-key script where silence is given the same weight as dialogue, and a visual tone almost as familiar as it is foreign to the viewer. /…/ And it’s ambitious: when one episode ends, you long for the next one.”
-Expressen

Leif GW Persson dominates the July bestseller lists in Sweden

Leif GW Persson’s just published biography Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career dominates the Swedish bestseller lists for the month of July. Persson claims the No. 1 spot on three lists in total: the nonfiction one, the audiobook one and the e-book one.

Ulf Lundell makes yet another repeat appearance on the hardcover list, coming in at No. 3 with Weekdays. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1793 also reappears on the lists, placing No. 2 on the paperback list and No. 4 on the e-book list.

Ulf Lundell, Leif GW Persson, Niklas Natt och Dag and Jo Nesbø on the Swedish bestseller lists for June

Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays continues to feature heavily at the top of the official Swedish bestseller list, and on June’s hardcover list it comes in at No. 5. New on the list is Leif GW Persson’s memoir Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career coming in at No. 1 on the audio- and e-book lists, and No. 2 on the non-fiction list. On the paperback list, Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1793 comes in at No. 4 and it holds spot No. 3 on the e-book list. Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst is No. 4 on the audiobook list.

‘Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career’ published in Sweden

This is the story of how Gustav’s boy, Master Detective Willy, became Master Detective Leif GW Persson. And how the dream of a life as a great detective turned into a career in studying and solving crimes.

In this memoir, we meet the hardworking and successful professional as well as the husband and family father. Leif GW Persson opens up about the years at the junior secondary school, about happy marriages and break-ups, messy relationships, an increasing alcohol abuse and the class journey he has made. About rising fame and what it brought him, what money has meant and what it means to him now. About what drives him as a professional, and the price he has had to pay for success and failure. About friends and enemies, friendship and betrayal. About his secret life. Persson also shares his views on several well-known murders, solved and unsolved.

Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career is the gripping and fascinating true story about the life of the renowned criminologist and critically acclaimed novelist, Leif GW Persson.

Lars Kepler, Leif GW Persson, Anders de la Motte and Jo Nesbø among the most sold in Sweden 2017

The official Swedish bestseller lists for 2017 have just been released, and Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter can be found at No. 2 on the list for fiction, closely followed by Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? at No. 5. Anders de la Motte dominates the bestseller lists for audio books and e-books with End of Summer, coming in at No. 1 on both lists. On the e-book list we also find Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst, at No. 4.

The Swedish bestseller lists for October

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the month of October is out, and coming in at No. 2 in the paperback category is Leif GW Persson and his Can One Die Twice?. Kristina Ohlsson meanwhile comes in at No. 3 on the children’s books list with The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff, her latest stand-alone children’s book. On the audio and e-book lists the No. 1 spot is occupied by the same title and author: End of Summer, by Anders de la Motte.

Leif GW Persson winner of the CWA International Dagger

Leif GW Persson is the winner of the CWA International Dagger 2017 for his The Dying Detective. The Crime Writers Association’s (CWA) Dagger awards are the most prestigious literary awards in Europe, and have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. The first Dagger was handed out in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded.

Leif GW Persson and Jørn Lier Horst nominated for the CWA International Dagger

Leif GW Persson and Jørn Lier Horst have been nominated for the CWA International Dagger 2017. Leif GW Persson is nominated for his stand-alone The Dying Detective, and Jørn Lier Horst for his When It Grows Dark, a prequel to his Wisting Quartet.

The 2017 Petrona Award

Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and The Dying Detective by Leif GW Persson are both shortlisted for the Petrona Award 2017 for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’.

The judges praise Sigurdardóttir’s Why Did You Lie?, calling it “A compelling exploration of guilt and retribution, which builds to a nerve-jangling finale.”

They are equally impressed by Persson’s The Dying Detective: “Expertly plotted and highly gripping, The Dying Detective features characters from a number of other crime novels by the author, but succeeds brilliantly as a standalone in its own right.”

The winner of the Petrona Award 2017 will be announced on May 20th.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ and ‘The Final Word’ No. 1 in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s sixth novel in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, claims the No. 1 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for fiction this February, with Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? following at No. 2. On the paperback list Ingar Johnsrud comes in at No. 3 with Those Who Follow, the first installment in his Fredrik Beier series.

The bestseller list for audiobooks is topped by Liza Marklund’s The Final Word, the eleventh and final novel featuring Annika Bengtzon. No. 2 on the list is Hjorth & Rosenfeldts Those Who Failed, and No. 3 is Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun. Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter makes a second appearance on the February list, on the audio book list’s No. 4 spot.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2016

Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter, Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes, Kristina Ohlsson’s Blighted Souls, Anne Holt’s Offline, and Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? have all been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Suspense category.

Real American Jeans by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery of Hester Hill is shortlisted in the Children’s Books category.

The winners of The Grand Audiobook Prize will be crowned in March 2017 at an award gala in Stockholm. To vote for your favorite author and audiobook, click “Read more” below.

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Lars Kepler and Leif GW Persson No. 1 and No. 2 in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller list for October is in, with Lars Kepler and Leif GW Persson coming in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on the list for hardcover fiction, with their latest novels The Rabbit Hunter and Can One Die Twice?.

‘Can One Die Twice?’ published in Sweden

The Sea Scout Edvin is put ashore on the island of Ofärdsön to look for mushrooms. Instead, he finds a half-buried skull.

Despite Edvin only being ten years old, he knows just what to do. Stuffing the skull into a plastic bag, he runs off from the Scout camp and heads straight home to his neighbor – Detective Evert Bäckström.

Can One Die Twice? is Leif GW Persson’s thirteenth novel since his debut in 1978, and the fourth installment in the Evert Bäckström series.

Leif GW Persson, Roslund & Thunberg and Johan Theorin nominated for the CWA International Dagger

Leif GW Persson, Roslund & Thunberg and Johan Theorin have all been nominated for the CWA International Dagger 2016. The novels nominated for the prestigious award are The Sword of Justice by Leif GW Persson, The Father by Roslund & Thunberg (written under the pen name Anton Svensson), and The Voices Beyond by Johan Theorin.

Leif GW Persson awarded the Vilhelm Moberg Society’s Prize

Leif GW Persson will be awarded the Vilhelm Moberg Society’s Prize for, “like in the spirit of Vilhelm Moberg, knowing how to tell a good story credibly and with sharp prose,” as well as sharing Vilhelm Moberg’s “fearlessness and analytical clarity when it comes to criticizing the abuse of the individual by those in power.” The prize sum is 30 000 kronor, and the award ceremony will take place at the Society’s annual meeting at the House of Emigrants in Växjö, Sweden, in August.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2015

Kristina Ohlsson’s Mio’s Blues, Liza Marklund’s The Final Word, Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s Those Who Failed, Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete and Leif GW Persson’s The Bomb Maker and his Woman have been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Crime & Thriller category. The Blue Star by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Glass Children and The Silver Boy are shortlisted in the Children’s & Young Adult category. The prize is awarded to the book and its narrator both, and the winners will be crowned in March 2016 at the Grand Audiobook Gala in Stockholm.

‘Another Time, Another Life’ nominated for a Prix Europa 2015

The TV series Another Time, Another Life (2014), written by Sara Heldt and Johan Widerberg, has been nominated at the Prix Europa 2015 in the category ‘TV Fiction’. The series is based on the second installment in Leif GW Persson’s Story of a Crime trilogy.

Death of a Pilgrim (2013), the first part of the popular series, was also nominated for a prestigious Prix Europa in 2014. This too was written by Heldt and Widerberg, and was based on the best-selling novels by Leif GW Persson.

The award ceremony of this year’s Prix Europa will take place 23 October in Berlin, Germany.

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‘The Bomb Maker and his Woman’ No. 1 in Sweden

Leif GW Persson’s latest novel The Bomb Maker and his Woman has rushed to the No. 1 spot on the Swedish bestseller list. The stand-alone novel features Lisa Mattei as its protagonist, a familiar face from the author’s earlier works.

Leif GW Persson shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger

Leif GW Persson's Falling Freely, as if in a Dream has been shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. The novel is the final instalment in his Story of a Crime trilogy.

The 2015 Petrona Award

Falling Freely, as if in a Dream by Leif GW Persson and The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir are both shortlisted for the Petrona Award 2015 for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’. The winner will be announced in May 2015.

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