15 augusti 2007 och måttet är rågat för Lars Martin Johansson chef för rikskriminalen Han tänker klara upp Palme mordet Tidpunkten för preskription ligger inte alltför långt bort och hans egen pensionering kryper närmare Vad vore bättre än att kröna karriären med en lösning av detta fall?I hemlighet samlar han de vassaste medarbetarna förnekar i media att en ny utredning inletts och tillsammans börjar de med fräscha ögon gå igenom det enormt omfattande utredningsmaterialet Christer Pettersson är inte Palme mördaren Det slår man fast snabbt Ett nytt överraskande spår växer istället fram sakta men säkert Men om spåret är det rätta går sanningen att offentliggöra?Faller fritt som i en dröm är den avslutande delen i trilogin som inleddes med de enorma framgångarna Mellan sommarens längtan och vinterns köld och En annan tid ett annat liv

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    This is the third and final book in the legendary Fall Of The Welfare State trilogy written by the Swedish top criminologist and crime fiction writer Leif GW Persson I should mention that it is not by any means necessary to have read the first two books Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End Another Time Another Life in order to understand what is going on as far as the plot is concerned but readers who did will have a thorough picture of the many characters in the novelThe main protagonist is once again Lars Martin Johansson who is now close to retirement and attempts to reopen a case that besets the Swedes for than three decades and of course that is the murder of the Prime Minister of Sweden Olof Palme on Friday 28 February 1986 The assassination took place on the central Stockholm street Sveavägen where a still unknown perpetrator shot Palme while he was walking home along with his wife Lisbet returning from a cinema night out totally unattended without any police protection or bodyguards The police got in the crime scene almost ten minutes after the attack and what seemed at first to be an easy arrest in a matter of hours became one of the most discussed riddles in the European political sceneJohansson assembles a small but effective team of honest and dedicated police officers who who are charged with the task of re examining the vast amount of evidence collected throughout decades of police work in order to detect any possible mistakes or things that were overlooked by the officers who investigated the case in the past This is a work of fiction but most of the facts surrounding the murder are real and in some parts it feels like watching a documentary which narrates the cold hard evidence of this tragic assassination Persson is an experienced author and succeeds in balancing a fictitious plotline with the sheer reality As one may expect there are various theories about who indeed killed Olof Palme and in the than 700 pages of Falling Freely As If In A Dream we learn a lot of things about for examplethe original prime suspect Christer Pettersson and the whole solitary madman argument or the so called police track thus the assumption that the Palme assassination was organized and executed by the people who were high on the Swedish police hierarchy Persson offers some explanations created by his vivid writer's imagination that seems plausible to the reader and makes for an exciting apart from educating readReaders who are familiar with Leif GW Persson body of work will be delighted by the fact that one of the main characters in this book is the mercurial and many times outrageous Evert Bäckström who as always adds a comical touch to the dark and complicated story This is the absolute must read for everyone who claims to be a true fan of Scandinavian crime fiction and it will certainly also appeal to those who take an interest in the European political historyPS If you are interested in a true crime book about Olof Palme's assassination I recommend Blood in the Snow by Jan Bondeson which offers an excellent account of the event and its consequences The cinema fans will want to check out Sista Kontraktet The Last Contract directed by Kjell Sundvall and starring Mikael Persbrandt a fictional story based on the actual event of the murder of the Swedish Prime Minister