By Leif GW Persson

ISBN-10: 0307907686

ISBN-13: 9780307907684

From a grasp of Scandinavian crime fiction--the first in an excellent sequence of novels founded round the investigations of 1 irascible, stubborn, and extremely thirsty Swedish police officer: Detective Superintendent Evert Bäckström of the nationwide homicide Squad.

Detective Bäckström is Persson's over and over repulsive but undeniably marvelous comedian creation--an unforgettable cop winding his approach during the black comedy of a criminal offense scene, and handling to dissatisfied approximately every person within the process.When a newspaper supply boy unearths a sixty eight year-old alcoholic mendacity lifeless in his apartment--beaten with a saucepan lid and hammer, after which strangled--everyone expects an open-and-shut homicide case, every body that's yet Hawaiian-shirt clad Detective Bäckström who's been assigned to steer the research crew. below strict orders from his healthcare professional to enhance his well-being as fast as attainable, Bäckström has began stumbling to paintings taking walks, or even consuming greens. The police strength isn't what it was although, and now that it's crowded with ladies and foreigners resisting a drink is more durable than ever sooner than. but if the newspaper boy is going lacking Bäckström's suspicions are confirmed right, giving his irrepressible mixture of good fortune and laziness an opportunity to save lots of the day, whereas handling to disappointed approximately each person within the approach.

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Hyper-reality tricked consciousness into detaching from any real emotional engagement, instead opting for artificial simulation, and endless reproductions of fundamentally empty appearance (Baudrillard, 1988), a type of Marxist false consciousness (Žižek, 1997). Baudrillard’s bleak perspective was that ‘shopping’ persuades us to purchase items in a doomed attempt to construct an authentic (though empty) personal identity based on possessions. An even bleaker perspective is shown by the fact that the ideas of Baudrillard, Foucault and other post-modernists have been studied as carefully by modern retailers as by their critics (Economist, 2006).

3 Shopper and Shoplifter Introduction In most countries, there is a very large number of customers who steal from shops and there is a large number of reasons why they do so. Theft from shops by ordinary customers, unlike most crimes, is very common, committed by both persons who enter stores solely to steal and those who shop and steal at the same time – and this is rather more difficult to understand. Why do people who have a job also steal from stores? Why is someone caught shoplifting for one or two items when they have enough in their purse to pay for them?

In The Overworked American, Schor (1993) declared, ‘We live in what may be the most consumer-oriented society in history . . ’ Paterson (2006) refers to the ‘commodity fetishism’ of merchandise displayed in shopping malls but emptied of meaning, and reflects that while the recognition of Christian religious festivals had spread around the world, they were now used primarily as retail gift opportunities. Klein (2001) in No Logo condemned retailers for their treatment of workers, suppliers and consumers, whilst in the United Kingdom Blythman (2005) created a portrait of supermarkets that impoverished farmers, created trivial work, damaged towns and neighbourhoods, forced smaller shops to close, harmed the environment and adversely affected the quality of UK food and our diet.

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