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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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Bäckström

Fall of the Welfare State

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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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