Reseña: Linda, como en el asesinato de Linda, de Leif G W Persson


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Grijalbo, 2012. Version Kindle. 834 KB. Traducción de Carmen Montes Cano. Título original: Linda, som i Lindamordet, 2005. ASIN: B009I06KTI. ISBN: 9788425349799. 560 págs. en papel. 

Linda, como en el asesinato de Linda (Leif GW Persson)

Durante uno de los veranos más calurosos de la historia, una joven estudiante, en la Academia de Policía de Växjö, es estrangulada y violada en la casa de su madre cuando su madre estaba de vacaciones en Sirkön, a unos veinte kilómetros de distancia. El jefe provincial de la policía judicial en Småland era un hombre extraño que se encontraba detrás de su escritorio en su oficina incluso cuando estaba oficialmente de vacaciones. Desconfiando de la eficacia de la policía local para aclarar un crimen de esta naturaleza, solicita la ayuda de su viejo amigo Sten Nylander, el jefe de la policía judicial central. Nylander, promete enviarle la ayuda que necesita de inmediato.

Por esta razón, el comisario Evert Bäckström junto con cuatro colegas – el comisario Ján Lewin y los inspectores Erik Knutsson, Peter Thoren y Jan Rogersson – y una empleada civil, la única mujer del grupo, Eva Svanström, a cargo de los trámites burocráticos, son enviados a Växjö.

Oficialmente la investigación estará dirigida por el comisario Bengt Olsson de la policía judicial provincial, que se encargará personalmente de las relaciones con el entorno – la información a los medios de comunicación y esas cosas – de las cuestiones de personal y de otros trámites administrativos. Serán muchos. Los seis que llegaron recientemente de Estocolmo, veinte locales y también han pedido refuerzos de Jönköping y Kalmar. En total más de treinta agentes de policía. Por otra parte, este es un suceso escandalosos y terrible, la policía carece de personal y muchos de los compañeros que han venido a ayudar son jóvenes, quizá sin mucha experiencia. Por tanto han estado buscando un terapeuta de situaciones de crisis para la unidad de investigación, de modo que las personas que trabajan en el caso tengan acceso a una supervisión profesional constante para recibir la ayuda necesaria. La terapeuta Lilian Olsson ha sido nombrada para este trabajo. Ella tiene el mismo nombre que el comisario, pero no están emparentados. 

Con todos estos ingredientes el circo está montado. Los lectores de las novelas anteriores de Leif GW Persson deben estar familiarizados con el comisario Evert Bäckström, aunque este es el primer libro en el que tiene un papel protagonista. Cuando nos encontramos con él se le describe como “un hombre bajo, gordo y primitivo, pero si la situación lo requería, podía ser astuto y rencoroso“. En realidad, él es machista, racista y homófobo. Desprecia a todos sus compañeros y se siente superior a todos ellos, pero en realidad es perezoso borracho e incompetente. Él cree que su trabajo es perder el tiempo en reuniones inútiles. Él está tratando de obtener muestras de ADN de todos los hombres de la localidad para compararlas con las muestras encontradas en la escena del crimen y no duda en apropiarse de los éxitos de sus colegas.

Lida, como en el asesinato Linda es una comedia de costumbres con una investigación policial en el fondo y una cierta dosis de crítica social. A veces puede ser muy divertida, aunque quizás no para todos los gustos. Por mi parte me parece difícil de justificar su longitud y es bastante repetitiva a veces. Como ya ha indicado Col en su reseña no entiendo la necesidad de recordar constantemente la experiencia de Lewin con una bicicleta cuando era un niño.

Mi calificación: 3/5.    

De Leif GW Persson se han publicado en castellano Entre la promesa del verano y el frío del invierno; Otro tiempo, otra vida y En caída libre, como en un sueño (que conforman la trilogía El declive del Estado del bienestar) y las dos entregas protagonizadas por Evert Bäckström: Linda, como en el asesinato de Linda y Quien mate al dragón. El próximo 5 de septiembre llegará a las librerías El detective moribundo, protagonizado por Lars Martin Johansson que está considerada por algunos su mejor novela. AQUÏ pueden encontrar mi reseña de Otro tiempo, otra vida.

Linda, como en el asesinato de  Linda ha sido reseñada en Mis queridos sabuesos: blog de novela negra (Julio) y en Calibre 38 (Ricardo).   

Grijalbo 

Linda, As in the Linda Murder, by Leif GW Persson

During one of the hottest summers on record, a young female student, at the Police Academy in Växjö, is strangled and raped at her mother’s house when her mother was on holiday in Sirkön, at about twenty kilometres away. The provincial chief of the judicial police in Småland was a strange man that was behind his desk at his office, even when he was officially on holidays. Suspicious of the effectiveness of local police to clarify a crime of this nature, he requests the assistance from his old friend Sten Nylander, the chief of the national judicial police. Nylander, promises to send him the help he needs immediately.

For this reason, commissioner Evert Bäckström together with four colleagues – commisioner Jan Lewin and inspectors Erik Knutsson, Peter Thoren and Jan Rogersson – and a civilian employee, the only woman in the group, Eva Svanström, in charge of the paperwork, are moved to Växjö.

The investigation will be headed officially by commissioner Bengt Olsson of the provincial judicial police, who will take charge personally of the relations with the environment – the information to the media and that stuff – of personnel matters and other administrative issues. They will be many. The six who recently arrived from Stockholm, twenty locals and they have also asked for reinforcements from Jönköping and Kalmar. In total over thirty police officers. Moreover, this is a shocking and terrible event, the police is understaffed and many of the colleagues who have come to help are young, perhaps with no much experience. Therefore they have been looking for a therapist on crisis situations for the investigation unit, so that those working on the case have access to a constant professional supervision to get the help needed. The therapist Lilian Olsson has been appointed for this job. She has the same name as the commissioner, but they are no relatives.

With all this ingredients the circus is set up. Readers of Leif GW Persson’s previous novels should be familiar with commissioner Evert Bäckström, although this is the first book in which he has a leading role. When we first meet him he is described as “a  short, fat and primitive man , but if the situation required it, he could be cunning and spiteful“. Actually he is sexist, racist and homophobic. He despises all his colleagues and feels superior to them all, but in reality he is lazy, drunk and incompetent. He believes that his job is to waste time in useless meetings. He is trying to get DNA samples from all the local men to compare with the samples found at the crime scene and he does not hesitate to appropriate the successes of his own colleagues.

Lida, As in the Linda Murder is a comedy of manners with a police procedural in the background and a certain amount of social criticism. Sometimes it can be very funny, though maybe not for everyone taste. From my side I find hard to justify its length and is quite repetitive at times. As already noted by Col in his review I fail to understand the need to constantly remind Lewin’s experience with a bicycle when he was a child.

My rating: 3/5.

Among Leif GW Persson’s books that are available in English can be mentioned the first two in his trilogy Story of a Crime: Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End and Another Time, Another Life. Linda As in the Linda Murder, is followed by He Who Kills The Dragon, another Evert Báckström case that will be released on October 10, 2013. My review of Another Time, Another Life is HERE.

Linda, As in the Linda Murder has been reviewed at Crimepieces (Sarah), at Euro Crime (Norman), at Mrs. Peabody Investigates (Katharina), at International Noir Fiction (Glenn) and at Col’s Criminal Library (Col.) 

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14 thoughts on “Reseña: Linda, como en el asesinato de Linda, de Leif G W Persson

  1. José Ignacio – It’s interesting that you and Col both noticed the length of the novel. I do think it’s a very difficult balance an author has to strike between giving enough detail and going on for too long. And one of the things I think is most fascinating about this series is that we can realise what an unpleasant person Bäckström is, while at the same time being interested in what happens to him and the case. An excellent review, for which thanks.

    1. Margot – Thank you for your kind words. More than the length what has worried me the most is the repetitiveness of some passages for an author of his class.

  2. I think I enjoyed the book more that you Jose. I agree about its length but the humour won me over. I’m looking forward to the next book featuring Backstrom.

  3. Jose, I think he can tell a story, but he does go off-track a lot. I will persist with him….the next one’s 90 pages shorter!

  4. I don’t think I’ll read this book, especially since it’s hundreds of pages with a racist, sexist and homophobic police detective. Not fun for me. However, your review of Another Time, Another Life, along with a few other complimentary posts about it will lead me to that book when I can squeeze it into my enormous reading itinerary. Glad you liked that one.

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