By Leif GW Persson

"Den här romanen är en ond saga för vuxna barn och om det inte hade varit för den siste tsaren av Ryssland, Nikolaj II, Englands premiärminister Sir Winston Churchill, Rysslands president Vladimir Putin och kriminalkommissarie Evert Bäckström vid Västerortspolisen i Stockholm, skulle det som den handlar om aldrig ha hänt. I den meningen är det en berättelse om det samlade och slutliga resultatet av de handlingar som fyra män genomför över en interval på mer än hundra år.

Fyra män som aldrig träffade varandra, som förvisso levde sina liv i skilda världar, och där den äldste av dem blev mördad fyrtio år innan den yngste av dem ens var född. Och som så ofta förr, oavsett i vilket sällskap eller sammanhang som han nu har hamnat, är det också Evert Bäckström som kommer att sätta punkt för historien."

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A lack of blood, either in the body or on the clothing, suggested that the body had been drained by someone with obvious surgical knowledge before being dumped. Two days later, a human head, also wrapped in newspaper, was found some miles away.

But of one thing you can be sure: None is ordinary. Each has some facet, some twist, that elevates it from the pack. Inevitably, space constraints have made it necessary to exclude many deserving cases. I hope the reader will agree that all of those chosen fully merit their place, and if your own particular favorite should happen to be absent, then please accept my apology. A bias toward American and European cases is unavoidable, because both regions have figured so prominently in the forensic crusade.

He founded the Bureau of Forensic Ballistics in New York, and saw his partner, Phillip O. Gravelle, design perhaps the single greatest advance in the field of bullet analysis—the comparison microscope, in which two halves of separate bullet images can be joined under the same lens, enabling the observer to closely compare the marks on each. Waite’s dream of cataloging every gun in existence proved beyond him, but by the time of his death in 1926, his place in forensic history was assured. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti DATE: 1920 LOCATION: South Braintree, Massachusetts SIGNIFICANCE: In their rush to bestow martyrdom on Sacco and Vanzetti, those who sought political capital from this tragedy conveniently ignored the overwhelming ballistics evidence.

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