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This is a story whose depths, observations you don't really appreciate until it's finished. Backstrom, a sharp, manipulative detective, despite his buffoon antics, almost hides the deeper meanings of our story. He brings a lighter touch to a case of sexual predator functioning in a respected job. Sophisticated big city policing versus their cash strapped country comrades is also emphasized, However, small town policemen, detective's know their fellow citizens and their social context well. This story explores numerous aspects of policing and media coverage affects the cases, and the people concerned. When the story ended, I had a deeper appreciation for the author's ability to showcase a society without lecturing, or being tedious. Please more Inspector Backstrom and his colleagues!
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Translation not particularly good, pronounciation of Swedish names of persons and places poor.
Pronounciation of the one German book title in the novel, pathetic.
Leif GW deserves better!
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