"Fascinating undercover work." --AudioFile Magazine
"Having gained exclusive access to Larsson's trove of research, Stocklassa presents an in-depth look into the investigation. Based on the findings, Swedish police now have a suspect for the first time in years. This well-crafted whodunit will keep readers engaged from start to finish...This story is sure to gain international traction as the investigation into the Palme assassination heats up again." --Library Journal
"Larsson buffs won't want to miss this one." --Publishers Weekly
"It's more than just a thrilling book...there's a lot of evidence that points to an international conspiracy." --CBS This Morning Saturday
"A fascinating 'creative nonfiction' account of the greatest unsolved mystery in Swedish history." --Wall Street Journal
"It's rare...to see true-crime narratives that convincingly and humbly enter the realm of spy thrillers, but Stocklassa's book really, really does...Stocklassa certainly reveals the sinister underbelly of governmental operations." --NPR
"Fans of the Millennium books will certainly enjoy this recreation of Larsson's attempts to solve a real-life murder...Stocklassa succeeds in infecting us with the 'Palme bug'. It is impossible to read and not yearn for resolution." --The Spectator (UK)
"Stocklassa's book has shone a new light on a tragedy that has haunted Sweden for three decades...reads like a spy thriller." --The New European (UK)
"[A] Larssonesque take on the mystery...How [Stocklassa] manages to arrive at his conclusions in an investigation lasting eight years and recruiting a team of fellow journalists and shady Swedes and a honey-trap Czech woman called Lida, is riveting reading. You can't make it up. Fact is not only stranger than fiction but even more fantastic." --The Independent (UK)
“A fascinating ‘creative nonfiction’ account of the greatest unsolved mystery in Swedish history.” —Wall Street Journal
“It’s more than just a thrilling book…There’s a lot of evidence that points to an international conspiracy.” —CBS This Morning Saturday
The author of the Millennium novels laid out the clues. Now a journalist is following them.
When 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 who’d done it—and on a Stockholm street at point-blank range.
Internationally known for his fictional villains, Larsson was well acquainted with their real-life counterparts and documented extremist activities throughout the world. For years he’d been amassing evidence that linked their terrorist acts to what he called “one of the most astounding murder cases” he’d ever covered. Larsson’s archive was forgotten until journalist Jan Stocklassa was given exclusive access to the author’s secret project.
In The Man Who Played with Fire, Stocklassa collects the pieces of Larsson’s true-crime puzzle to follow the trail of intrigue, espionage, and conspiracy begun by one of the world’s most famous thriller writers. Together they set out to solve a mystery that no one else could.