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A fascinating creative nonfiction account of the greatest unsolved mystery in Swedish history Wall Street JournalItsthan just a thrilling bookTheres a lot of evidence that points to an international conspiracy CBS This Morning SaturdayThe author of the Millennium novels laid out the clues Now a journalist is following themWhen Stieg Larsson died the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been working on a true mystery that out twisted his Millennium novels the assassination on February 28 1986 of Olof Palme the Swedish prime minister It was the first time in history that a head of state had been murdered without a clue whod done itand on a Stockholm street at point blank rangeInternationally known for his fictional villains Larsson was well acquainted with their real life counterparts and documented extremist activities throughout the world For years hed been amassing evidence that linked their terrorist acts to what he called one of the most astounding murder cases hed ever covered Larssons archive was forgotten until journalist Jan Stocklassa was given exclusive access to the authors secret projectIn The Man Who Played with Fire Stocklassa collects the pieces of Larssons true crime puzzle to follow the trail of intrigue espionage and conspiracy begun by one of the worlds most famous thriller writers Together they set out to solve a mystery that no one else couldA fascinating creative nonfiction account of the greatest unsolved mystery in Swedish history Wall Street JournalItsthan just a thrilling bookTheres a lot of evidence that points to an international conspiracy CBS This Morning SaturdayThe author of the Millennium novels laid out the clues Now a journalist is following themWhen Stieg Larsson died the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been working on a true mystery that out twisted his Millennium novels the assassination on February 28 1986 of Olof Palme the Swedish prime minister It was the first time in history that a head of state had been murdered without a clue whod done itand on a Stockholm street at point blank rangeInternationally known for his fictional villains Larsson was well acquainted with their real life counterparts and documented extremist activities throughout the world For years hed been amassing evidence that linked their terrorist acts to what he called one of the most astounding murder cases hed ever covered Larssons archive was forgotten until journalist Jan Stocklassa was given exclusive access to the authors secret projectIn The Man Who Played with Fire Stocklassa collects the pieces of Larssons true crime puzzle to follow the trail of intrigue espionage and conspiracy begun by one of the worlds most famous thriller writers Together they set out to solve a mystery that no one else couldA fascinating creative nonfiction account of the greatest unsolved mystery in Swedish history Wall Street JournalItsthan just a thrilling bookTheres a lot of evidence that points to an international conspiracy CBS This Morning SaturdayThe author of the Millennium novels laid out the clues Now a journalist is following themWhen Stieg Larsson died the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been working on a true mystery that out twisted his Millennium novels the assassination on February 28 1986 of Olof Palme the Swedish prime minister It was the first time in history that a head of state had been murdered without a clue whod done itand on a Stockholm street at point blank rangeInternationally known for his fictional villains Larsson was well acquainted with their real life counterparts and documented extremist activities throughout the world For years hed been amassing evidence that linked their terrorist acts to what he called one of the most astounding murder cases hed ever covered Larssons archive was forgotten until journalist Jan Stocklassa was given exclusive access to the authors secret projectIn The Man Who Played with Fire Stocklassa collects the pieces of Larssons true crime puzzle to follow the trail of intrigue espionage and conspiracy begun by one of the worlds most famous thriller writers Together they set out to solve a mystery that no one else could


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    I’d forgotten the assassination of Swedish PM Olaf Palme all those years ago and had no idea that the case was still unresolved He was a controversial leader in that he held strong views Generally admired by the Left he was outspoken about US foreign policy openly supportive of the ANC and PLO critical of Pinochet Despite success with domestic policy which improved health and social welfare he also made enemies He was walking home from the cinema with his wife when he was shot at close range and killed It seemed clear that it was a targeted attackI was unaware that Stieg Larsson had spent so much time investigating this case and this book is largely the product of that research Jan Stocklassa has brought together all the years of work and information that Larsson had gathered and then put his own spin on the case It’s very much a book of two halves The first part is laden with facts and figures Larsson was very much against right wing extremism and he developed a number of theories based on extensive research as to who may have been responsible for the assassinationStocklassa has had unprecedented access to all the papers and has turned the earlier work into what he calls ‘creative nonfiction’ It’s all based on fact and the latter half certainly reads like a thrillerSome bits are a little heavy going in terms of detail but overall it hangs together really well I like the use of transcribed letters documents and other source material There’s a real sense of time and place and Palme as a person and a political leader is given real substance This is the worlds largest active murder investigation and there’s a real sense by the end of the book that justice will soon be served There’s a very helpful list of key players the cast is significant I enjoyed it