Thursday, December 6, 2012
All about Justice, All about Politics
Title: Another Time, Another Life: the Story of a Crime
By: Leif G.W. Persson
I read and recently listened to "Another Time, Another Life" by Leif G. W. Persson, and I was struck by its refreshing political humor and reality. Through solving a cold murder case, the book reveals a strong sense of justice on the part of the Swedish secret police, especially its head, Lars Johansson. In the background check for the imminent appointment of Helena Stein to be secretary of the Defense Ministry, he has not only discovered the murderer, but more importantly the ugly truth about the murder victim and a Swedish Gang of Four’s involvement in the attack on the German Embassy by six German nationals twenty-five years ago. In the name of justice, Johansson succeeds in persuading the suspect Stein to give up her political career, so as to enjoy the Swedish twenty-five years’ statute of limitation, and to avoid political pressure exerted by the United States.
In a twist of political humor, Stein resigns as the undersecretary to pursue a private law practice and limited local politics. A week before midsummer, the chief inspector at the National Bureau of Investigation’s Homicide Squad enters the police hall of fame due to his heroic investigations. In addition to obtaining a confession from a mental patient/serial killer who has admitted to more than thirty-six killings, he produces the technical evidence missing from the original murder investigation: a pair of a hand towels, a suitcase bearing the victim’s initials, and a plastic shopping bag containing an unopened bottle of banana liquor discovered in a cabin on an abandoned sheep pasture the mental patient used to frequent from time to time with the institution’s permission. Armed with such evidence, he effectively silences the critical voice of the media: there has been a lack of evidence to collaborate the perpetrator’s own admissions. A perfect crime story is thus complete.
"Another Time, Another Life: the Story of a Crime" is the 2nd installment in the trilogy. It is preceded by "Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End: the Story of a Crime" and to be continued by "Falling Freely as If in a Dream: the Story of a Crime".