Leif GW Persson
Leif GW Persson (born in 1945) is a criminologist and a writer. He is mainly known for his crime novels and his participation as an expert commentator on crime cases in several Swedish newspapers and TV shows. He has published ten books, eight of them crime novels, and several scientific reports and articles.
Persson first became known to the Swedish public when the newspaper Dagens Nyheter claimed him to be the source that confirmed that the former Minister of Justice, Lennart Geijer, had been visiting prostitutes. This was the starting point of the so called Geijer Affair and Persson, who was working at the Swedish National Police Board, was fired in 1977. He published his first novel, “The Pig Party” in 1978, and plot of the story concerns a Minister who visits prostitutes.
He was re-hired by the Swedish National Police Board in 1991 and since then he holds the position as a professor at the Board, working with studies of serious crimes and assisting the authorities with input on different cases.
In his crime novels, the character Evert Bäckström is often present, either as main or as subsidiary character. In “Linda –as in the Linda Murder Case” and “He Who Kills the Dragon” Bäckström is the main character and is described as a true anti-hero, with racist, sexist and homophobic opinions, who has bad personal hygiene and lies and steals whenever he can.
Persson has been awarded several prizes during his career as a writer, The Best Swedish Crime Novel Award in 1982 for “The Pillars of Society”, in 2003 for “Another time, another life” and in 2010 for “The Dying Detective”. “The Dying Detective” also received The Glass Key Award from the Crime Writers of Scandinavia in 2011.
In February 2012 Leif GW Persson announced that the American production company 20th Century Fox has bought the rights to the character Evert Bäckström and the books in which he appears and that they are planning to adapt it into a TV-series.