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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

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
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 Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Palle Rosenkrantz Prize (Best Crime Novel) Denmark – Den döende detektiven The Dying Detective 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 Piraten Award Sweden 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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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.

The February bestseller lists in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus occupies multiple list positions on the February lists, coming in at No. 1 on the hardcover list, No. 3 on the e-book list and No. 5 on the audio book one. Jonas Gardell’s lauded In Memory of an Unconditional Love grabs the No. 3 spot on the hardcover list for February, closely followed by Hjorth & Rosenfeld’s A Higher Justice at No. 4 and Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm at No. 5.

Stina Jackson nabs three positions on the monthly lists with her debut The Silver Road, coming in at No. 1 on both the audio- and e-book lists and No. 2 on the paperback one. Niklas Natt och Dag claims spot No. 4 on the paperback list with The Wolf and the Watchman.

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

Lars Kepler, Jonas Gardell, Niklas Natt och Dag, Stina Jackson and Leif GW Persson among the most sold in Sweden 2018

The official Swedish bestseller lists for 2018 have just been released, and the undeniable champion of the past year is Lars Kepler with Lazarus. The seventh Joona Linna novel comes in at No. 1 in three categories: hardcover, audio, and e-book. Not far behind at No. 4 is Jonas Gardell’s lauded In Memory of an Unconditional Love, a unique portrait of a woman and a mother who lived her own truth.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s long-running international bestseller The Wolf and the Watchman is the second most sold paperback of the year, coming in at No. 2 also on the e-book list. The No. 5 spot on the paperback list goes to the new bestselling phenomenon Stina Jackson and The Silver Road.

Last is the nonfiction category, in which Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career comes in at No. 2. The beloved criminologist and author’s memoir also appears at No. 3 on the audio list.

The most sold books of 2018 at Adlibris, Sweden’s biggest online retailer

Adlibris, Sweden’s biggest online retailer of books, has announced their most sold titles of 2018 thus far. The hardcover list is topped by Lars Kepler’s Lazarus at No. 1, followed by Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career at No. 2, and Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love at No. 4.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman meanwhile claims No. 3 on the paperback list, which includes both fiction and nonfiction titles. Last out is the audiobook list, which also sees Kepler coming in at No. 1 with Lazarus, whilst Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 4, and GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career is No. 5.

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