From a grasp of Scandinavian crime fiction--the first in a super sequence of novels situated round the investigations of 1 irascible, stubborn, and extremely thirsty Swedish police officer: Detective Superintendent Evert Bäckström of the nationwide homicide Squad.
Detective Bäckström is Persson's over and over repulsive but undeniably awesome comedian creation--an unforgettable cop winding his manner in the course of the black comedy of a criminal offense scene, and dealing with to disappointed approximately every person within the process.When a newspaper supply boy reveals a sixty eight year-old alcoholic mendacity useless in his apartment--beaten with a saucepan lid and hammer, after which strangled--everyone expects an open-and-shut homicide case, everybody that's yet Hawaiian-shirt clad Detective Bäckström who is been assigned to steer the research workforce. less than strict orders from his health care provider to enhance his overall healthiness as quick as attainable, Bäckström has began stumbling to paintings walking, or even consuming greens. The police strength is not what it was even though, and now that it really is crowded with girls and foreigners resisting a drink is more durable than ever prior to. but if the newspaper boy is going lacking Bäckström's suspicions are confirmed right, giving his irrepressible mixture of good fortune and laziness an opportunity to save lots of the day, whereas dealing with to disappointed approximately all people within the strategy.
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A bit drink, perhaps? ” Bäckström acknowledged with a nod, having a look even happier now. “After a troublesome day at paintings jam-packed with trials and tribulations. ” Fuck, they’re intelligent, those Russians, he suggestion. The complain had simply sat there, taking part in it cool, realizing easy methods to trick me out of the total wager. Then she will get sentimental. And tomorrow her moral sense will get the higher of her and he or she makes a decision to place issues correct. “Well, possibly slightly one,” Nadja acknowledged. “It’s the simplest vodka you may get, incidentally, greater that Stolichnaya, Kubanskaya, or Moskovskaya. It’s known as commonplace, and also you can’t get it in Sweden. My relatives frequently deliver a number of bottles after they come to go to. ” “It’ll be fascinating to work out what it tastes like,” Bäckström the gourmet acknowledged. He had already taken glasses and a bag of cough drops out of his table drawer. “There we pass, glasses and a bit whatever for after,” he defined, pointing on the throat goodies. “I’ve obtained a jar of pickled gherkins within the fridge,” Nadja stated, taking a look dubiously on the bag of mints. “I imagine I’ll pass and get that as an alternative. ” not only gherkins, it became out. whilst she again she had together with her a sourdough loaf, smoked sausage, and cured ham. most likely due to all these international wars they’ve been via, Bäckström concept. a formal Russian consistently makes definite they’ve acquired offers close by in case all of it kicks off. “Cheers, Nadja,” Bäckström acknowledged, biting right into a huge slice of sausage and elevating his glass. “Nazdrovje,” Nadja acknowledged, smiling with all her gold the teeth, after which snapping her neck again and downing the vodka with out rather a lot as a blink. Fuck, Bäckström proposal, 1 / 4 of an hour later, after one other stable Russian drink, an entire gherkin, and part a sausage. those Russian bastards have loads of middle. when you simply make a little attempt and achieve their belief, he idea. “What will be higher than this, Nadja? ” Bäckström stated, pouring them a 3rd glass. “All we’re lacking is a balalaika and a few Cossacks leaping approximately on most sensible of the table. ” “This is good,” Nadja stated. “I’m satisfied to bypass the Cossacks, yet a balalaika could have been great. ” “Tell me approximately your self, Nadja,” Bäckström stated. “How come you ended up the following? within the bosom of mom Svea, the following within the excessive North. ” loads of center, he concept. And he’d by no means tasted vodka that was once anyplace close to nearly as good as this. need to pay money for a crate of this, he idea. “Are you certain you need to pay attention it? ” Nadja stated. “I’m listening,” Bäckström acknowledged. He leaned again in his chair and smiled his warmest smile. So Nadja had instructed him. How Nadjesta Ivanova had left the disintegrating Soviet empire. How she ended up in Sweden and have become Nadja Högberg and had spent the prior ten years operating as a civilian investigator for the crime unit within the Western District. now not that it were altogether ordinary. After commencement she had labored as a danger analyst in the nuclear strength and had labored at a number of nuclear strength stations within the Baltic quarter. the 1st time she utilized for permission to depart her native land used to be 1991, years after the liberation of 1989.