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~FREE ⚇ The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin ♫ The author of the Millennium novels laid out the clues Now a journalist is following themWhen 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 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 rangeInternationally known for his fictional far right 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 projectIn 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 Jan Stocklassa consulted Eva Gabrielsson, Steig Larrson s long time companion, on a research project relating to architecture geography and crime What she had to say took his research in a totally different direction that consumed him for the next 7 years.Well known for his fictional trilogy, Larrson s life work was in countering right wing and Nazi extremism He investigated, researched and wrote for his own publications and others The intersection of Stocklassa s interests and Larsson s was Jan Stocklassa consulted Eva Gabrielsson, Steig Larrson s long time companion, on a research project relating to architecture geography and crime What she had to say took his research in a totally different direction that consumed him for the next 7 years.Well known for his fictional trilogy, Larrson s life work was in countering right wing and Nazi extremism He investigated, researched and wrote for his own publications and others The intersection of Stocklassa s interests and Larsson s was the 1986 assassination of Sweden s Prime Minister, Olof Palme Larsson s extensive files containing clippings, hand written notes, biographies and government reports became the framework for Stocklassa s research.Palme s anti Apartheid stance and his disruption of the South African and Swedish parts of the US s Iran Contra Arms deal earned him powerful enemies His social policies set off right wingers who convinced themselves he was giving Sweden to the USSR.His research took Stocklassa to Cyprus, South Africa and rural Sweden He describes his spy craft cameras in pens and glasses and use of Facebook and those who assist him and those he interviews South Africa s Truth and Reconciliation testimony contained applicable confessions and gave prosecutorial immunity such that some were willing to be interviewed A chart on pages 380 383 shows the broad reach of the bombings and assassinations by those who most likely planned the Palme assassination Of all the people playing with fire, Lida is the most intriguing Her identity is well screened Mossad CIA She was fearless, comfortable with spycraft and an excellent actress.I didn t know but was not surprised that the CIA had an assassination manual Recommended is having a hapless person who is or appears to be a true believer either pull the trigger or stand at the crime scene In the Kennedy assassination to which the Palme assassination can be compared for its impact and cover up , it was Lee Harvey Oswarld and in this case it is Jakob Thedelin, who looks like the composite drawing of the 10 witness who saw the likely assassin fleeing He was not interrogated during the investigation Was the investigation corrupted by sympathizers of the assassins in the various investigation teams The lack of an index is a serious omission There are so many people it is hard to keep track of them The List of Characters at the end lacks sufficient detail to be of help Entries for Suspects and the South African Connections are so spare you cannot distinguish one from the other I suggest that readers take notes on the characters to place them when they re appear Not as serious an omission, but still a need, is the lack of documentation While Larsson s files, books and news reports are noted in the text, full documentation would be helpful As of the date of this book review, the murder has still not been officially solved Although the evidence is circumstantial, I believe Stocklassa has found the killer This is an excellent research report Short chapters make for a quick read A lot of it feels like a mystery novel The lack of a much needed index or at least ahelpful character list takes it from a 5 star to a 4 star book for me In this unique book mixing true crime, political assassination, espionage, and journal entries Jan Stocklassa recounts events surrounding one of Sweden s most baffling cold cases On the evening of February 28th, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was out with his wife, when he was shot in the back and died The assailant fled the scene and police were forced to cobble together eyewitness accounts, though they remained quite flimsy Struggling journalist Stieg Larsson took up the case when In this unique book mixing true crime, political assassination, espionage, and journal entries Jan Stocklassa recounts events surrounding one of Sweden s most baffling cold cases On the evening of February 28th, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was out with his wife, when he was shot in the back and died The assailant fled the scene and police were forced to cobble together eyewitness accounts, though they remained quite flimsy Struggling journalist Stieg Larsson took up the case when he was roused from bed and began trying to piece together what he knew Sightings and evidence from the scene led some of believe that Victor Gunnarsson might be a likely suspect Gunnarsson was well known to Larsson, who had a history of working to uncover and topple those on the political right with his strong articles However, Gunnarsson s guilt soon wavered and the country was clueless as to what might have happened Larsson used his intuitive nature and some friends in the British press to help him scope out new leads, including some ties to other right wing organisations Larsson s primary focus was a man with strong ties to the South African government, at the time still strong in their apartheid movement, something that Palme had been vocally against during his time in Swedish politics When the case went cold and Larsson could go no further, he turned to writing what would become his most popular Millennium Trilogy, for which he is best known by many readers When Larsson dies soon thereafter, Jan Stocklassa was given all his research on the Palme case and thus began a resurgence in the fact checking and pushing for answers In the latter portion of the book, Stocklassa moves away from laying out what Larsson offered up and followed new and decisive leads to find a killer in a case that had long gone cold but was never far from the minds of Swedish officials Using these leads and some of his own dabbling into new technology not available at the time, Stocklassa offers readers a new suspect with strong evidence to support the claims In an investigation that Stieg Larsson began on March 1, 1986, Jan Stocklassa may have finally locked in an answer, though the authorities have yet to act on everything in this book Highly entertaining as well as informative, Stocklassa and Larsson presents loads of prevalent information and leave the reader with a strong sense that the case might finally have an answer Recommended to those who love a good true crime mystery, as well as the reader who wishes to learn much about Stieg Larsson before any talk of dragon tattoos came to light.I was eager to read this book as soon as it crossed my radar There is much to learn about the case, especially since I knew nothing about it from the outset Stocklassa does a wonderful job of laying out the basics and using Stieg Larsson s early notes and work to give the reader the proper context From there, through a series of formats, the reader is plunged into the middle of the investigation Stocklassa admits to using first hand documentation, which further strengthens the Larsson angle of the entire investigation The case is full of suspects and branch off possibilities much like a strong murder mystery with espionage and the murder of many in a variety of political and social situations, going to show that South Africa was keen to rid itself of dissenters and those who sought to criticise Even when Stocklassa took over the case himself, there were so many loose ends and trying to tie them off proved difficult for anyone, even a seasoned journalist The themes brought up throughout make a strong case for a new suspect, one who could likely be convicted That being said, when dealing with cases that have gone cold for so long, as well as the need to apply for extradition, the waters become murkier, even if the truth shines strong In a book full of information, Stocklassa mixes journal entries, press clippings, private musings, and evidence analysis to prove a point and make a strong case With brief chapters, the momentum of the case is not lost on the reader who may worry about being drowned in minutiae Sweden appears keen to close the case out, as there is still a Palme Investigation taking place, albeit on a smaller scale A wonderful piece of true crime that reads like a spy novel at times, which will educate the reader with any interest in the subject.Kudos, Mr Stocklassa, for such a wonderful piece that not only revives the case of Olof Palme, but also helps readers see a Stieg Larsson before he became a household name in Scandinavian crime thrillers I know he would be proud of the work you put into this book.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge Good heavens, this was boring Boring, boring, boring The premise sounded good The author combined his research with years of research left behind by the famous novelist Stieg Larsson in regards to the unsolved assassination of the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme in 1986 The investigation was hopelessly botched by the police The author provides too much tedious detail, which shows all his and Larsson s intense efforts, but you know what It s still unsolved, so the book is rather pointless Good heavens, this was boring Boring, boring, boring The premise sounded good The author combined his research with years of research left behind by the famous novelist Stieg Larsson in regards to the unsolved assassination of the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme in 1986 The investigation was hopelessly botched by the police The author provides too much tedious detail, which shows all his and Larsson s intense efforts, but you know what It s still unsolved, so the book is rather pointless in addition to being a boring litany of excessive detail It might resonate better if you are Swedish, but having read many true crime books, I can say this is the worst Before starting this book, I d never known anything about an assassination in Sweden or the personal life of Stieg Larsson I d never even read his fiction books The author, Jan Stocklassa, makes an exhaustive and interesting case for who not only who the assassin was, but all the moving parts that went into getting there and having it still unresolved. This is a tremendous true crime novel, based on the meticulous and detailed research made by the author, who had access to Stieg Larsson s archive from his years as publisher of the infamous Expo magazine We all know Stieg Larsson as the man who was behind the publishing phenomenon of the Millenium trilogy, but only a few are aware of his work as a journalist which was dedicated to unmasking the extreme right in Sweden that gradually gained power from the beginning of the 1980s Larsson beg This is a tremendous true crime novel, based on the meticulous and detailed research made by the author, who had access to Stieg Larsson s archive from his years as publisher of the infamous Expo magazine We all know Stieg Larsson as the man who was behind the publishing phenomenon of the Millenium trilogy, but only a few are aware of his work as a journalist which was dedicated to unmasking the extreme right in Sweden that gradually gained power from the beginning of the 1980s Larsson began working in one of Sweden s biggest news agencies, TT , as an illustrator and while he was working there, the unbelievable happened The country s Prime Minister, Olof Palme, was shot in the middle of Stockholm s center as he was returning home along with his wife, Lisbet Palme who was by nature an inquiring individual began immediately to gather information regarding the murder that soon led him to some of his own theories The presentation of those theories is the main objective for Stocklaasa in The Man Who Played With Fire.To read my full review, visit Drags on a bit, but still reads almost like fiction Not as much Stieg Larsson as I wanted,of a continuation into his research on the assassination of the Swedish prime minister in the 80sWhat you are holding in your hands is a work of creative nonfiction It is written like a thriller, but it s factual The description starts hard boiled as true crime can get with tantalizing lost research of author journalist Stieg Larsson on the ultimate cold case the assassination Prime Minister Olof Palme February 28, 1986 That s one hell of a pitch, and I couldn t resist taking a crack at it The reality is, Jan Stocklassa s globe trotting, multi lingual adventure has less to with Steig than catching the bug of citizen investigation in the vein of Michelle McNamara, with roughly the same results not much The description starts hard boiled as true crime can get with tantalizing lost research of author journalist Stieg Larsson on the ultimate cold case the assassination Prime Minister Olof Palme February 28, 1986 That s one hell of a pitch, and I couldn t resist taking a crack at it The reality is, Jan Stocklassa s globe trotting, multi lingual adventure has less to with Steig than catching the bug of citizen investigation in the vein of Michelle McNamara, with roughly the same results not much Jan s antics involve a few interesting characters like the over sold mysterious Leahta, who boldly inserts herself the case Was there a multinational, South African assassination attempt I d probably hedge my bets no Instead of uncovering the truth, Stocklassa presents an interesting but less compelling alternative narrative Certainly, the actors were capable but instead felt like lonely old men who society has forgotten, looking to regale any listener, be it a foreign journalist or mysterious, attractive younger woman Stocklassa chases the ghost of Larsson, at every corner asking, What would Stieg do and Stocklassa seems intent on name dropping latter portions of the book to remind us why we bought the book Had this been simply a roleplay exercise, this would have fizzled out, but Jan has caught a clinical grade case of the whodunits and leads him to do just about anything to get close to his targets.Also interesting is the mild controversy over the novel here in the USincluded it with its Prime book club, which ruffled the feathers of conservatives, as any book that makes the right wing in this case, across the globe involving fascist groups with Nazi Neo Nazi ties clearly the work of the shaking fist at sky liberals Of course, this book has very little to do with the United States sans cold war geopolitics or has little to say about Trumpism sans general statements berating racism xenophobia Anyone complaining hasn t read it, or has paper thin skin There s a greater irony of the outrage, but it s not worth unpacking here.Even if the book is tangentially about Stieg, we do get a peek in the paranoid, shadowy spook filled, cabals of right wing power brokers that made up Stieg s Millennium Trilogy, and the story is interesting, even if I don t buy the final conclusion To circle back to Michelle McNamara s I ll Be Gone in the Dark, the victory wasn t unearthing groundbreaking clues or finding community in a group of like minded wannabes If Palme s killer is caught, it likely won t be Stieg or Jan s work but rather renewing interest in a cold case to motivate the pros to finish 4.5 starsThis work of creative non fiction by Jan Stocklassa offers a comprehensive overview of the murder of Olof Palme.Author Jan StocklassaSwedish Prime Minister Olof Palme On February 28, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated on the corner of Sveav gen and Tunnelgaten in Stockholm Corner of Sveav gen and Tunnelgaten in StockholmAfter dismissing his security guards for the evening, Palme and his wife Lisbeth went to the movies, then decided to walk home Olof Palme and 4.5 starsThis work of creative non fiction by Jan Stocklassa offers a comprehensive overview of the murder of Olof Palme.Author Jan StocklassaSwedish Prime Minister Olof Palme On February 28, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated on the corner of Sveav gen and Tunnelgaten in Stockholm Corner of Sveav gen and Tunnelgaten in StockholmAfter dismissing his security guards for the evening, Palme and his wife Lisbeth went to the movies, then decided to walk home Olof Palme and his wife LisbethAs the couple was strolling along a gunman closed in and shot Palme in the back, killing him almost instantly A second shot in Lisbeth s direction only drilled two holes into her coat, and she was unharmed The killer then ran away and escaped.The hunt for the shooter spawned a laundry list of suspects and a plethora of conspiracy theories, but at the time of this book s publicationthan three decades later the killer still hasn t been unequivocally identified To write this narrative, Jan Stocklassa relied heavily on the archives of Stieg Larsson , the author of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series Writer Stieg LarssonMost people aren t aware that Larsson was originally an investigative journalist and illustrator who did extensive research on white nationalist, right wing, and neo Nazi groups in Sweden Larsson suspected that far right organizations conspired to assassinate Palme, and immediately began investigating the murder from that point of view Larsson s theory morphed over time to include pro apartheid groups in South Africa, because Palme strongly and vocally opposed this policy of racial segregation Apartheid signs in South AfricaLarsson died in 2004, but left reams of research about Palme s murder in the archives of Expo magazine, which he published.Stieg Larsson s Expo magazineThe Swedish authorities in charge of the Palme investigation were either as incompetent as Keystone Kops or scandalously corrupt because year after year they ignored valid clues and tried to nail their own bugbears for the crime Keystone KopsFiles related to the Palme assassination could probably fill a room, and Stocklassa read innumerable documents for this book After immersing himself in the existing paperwork, Stocklassa launched his own investigation doing research traveling to South Africa and Cyprus interviewing persons of interest forming hypotheses and working with a female spy to gather additional information The result is this book, which contains a fascinating analysis of the Palme killing Some reviewers kvetch about the length of the book and the large number of people with hard to pronounce names, but this didn t bother me.After describing the actual shooting, Stocklassa devotes many pages to the observations of various witnesses some of whom allegedly saw surveillers with walkie talkies following the Palmes and some of whom think they saw the killer running away or climbing into a getaway car In addition, the author discusses wife Lisbeth Palme s confusion about the shooter s appearance, and the creation of a composite photo from the observations of a nightclub worker on a cigarette break.Composite drawing of Palme s shooter left beside a photo of Jan StocklassaAs the assassination tale unfolds, Stocklassa identifies the multiple persons and law enforcement agencies who ran the Palme investigation The first man in charge, Police Commissioner Hans Holm r, was dubbed Sherlock Holm rUnfortunately, Hans didn t have Sherlock s success, and was replaced after a time In fact the investigative personnel changed several times over the years as one alleged perpetrator after another fizzled out.Police Commissioner Hans Holm rThe main suspects targeted by Swedish officials were, in turn the Kurdistan Workers Party PKK Swedish extremist Viktor Gunnarsson and criminal drug addict Christer Pettersson Kurdistan Workers PartyExtremist Viktor GunnarssonCriminal Christer PetterssonWhen these targets didn t lead to an ultimate conviction, the Swedish cops were seemingly at a loss though investigative reporters and true crime aficionados suggested many other suspects.A good part of the book is devoted to journalists and authors speculations about who might have conspired to kill Palme Suspects include Swedish right wing zealots Swedish intelligence officers Swedish cops Iran Contra schemers South African spies South African political organizations Americans who supported apartheid for monetary purposes andOnce Stocklassa formed a solid theory about the perpetrators, he conducted his own intelligence operation with L da Kom rkov L da Kom rkov L da is a beautiful, fearless Czech woman who buddied up to a prime suspect while sporting spy paraphernalia, including a pen camera recorder a GPS device and eyeglasses with a hidden camera.In the end, Stocklassa s discoveries DO suggest a likely shooter, and a location for the murder gun Moreover, Stocklassa outlines an entire assassination operation that involves a leader a planning group a murder group a surveillance group and a patsy The Swedish authorities have this information and may eventually resolve the mystery..or not given their woeful history.A fascinating to me chapter of the book includes a report from Stieg Larsson s archives, called A Study of Assassination , which outlines pros and cons of assorted assassination techniques possibly compiled by the CIA The methods included are Manual Use your bare hands which is very hard unless you re an expert use a tool like an axe, hammer, or screwdriver use a rock or heavy object to administer blunt force trauma to the head employ a rope or belt for strangulation etc Accidents Arrange a fall from a height of 75 feet orcause a car truck accident push someone in front of a train or bus etc Drugs Administer a lethal dose of some sedative or painkiller, like morphine if you re a doctor or nurse, this is especially convenient Edge weapons knives, swords, bayonets, etc Either pierce the heart or sever the spinal cord in the cervical region Firearms These are less reliable than many people think if you use a gun, it should have immense destructive power Explosives Very effective make sure the victim is less than six feet from the detonation.In fact, Palme s assassination was associated with the demise of MANY individuals who may have colluded to commit the crime, or worked to unmask the perpetrators And lots of these deaths were accidents Stocklassa speculates that this may have been an attempt to tie up loose ends and or protect the most prominent conspirators Stieg Larsson and Jan Stocklassa also endured repercussions from their investigations, but these were largely self inflicted Larsson smoked incessantly and both men hung out in cafes with strong coffee and delicious pastries.which piled on the pounds Caf in StockholmThis is an excellent true crime narrative that reads like a mystery thriller Highly recommended to readers interested in the subject.Olof Palme Memorial Plaque in StockholmYou can follow my reviews at This is a tremendous true crime novel, based on the meticulous and detailed research made by the author, who had access to Stieg Larsson s archive from his years as publisher of the infamous Expo magazine We all know Stieg Larsson as the man who was behind the publishing phenomenon of the Millenium trilogy, but only a few are aware of his work as a journalist which was dedicated to unmasking the extreme right in Sweden that gradually gained power from the beginning of the 1980s Larsson beg This is a tremendous true crime novel, based on the meticulous and detailed research made by the author, who had access to Stieg Larsson s archive from his years as publisher of the infamous Expo magazine We all know Stieg Larsson as the man who was behind the publishing phenomenon of the Millenium trilogy, but only a few are aware of his work as a journalist which was dedicated to unmasking the extreme right in Sweden that gradually gained power from the beginning of the 1980s Larsson began working in one of Sweden s biggest news agencies, TT , as an illustrator and while he was working there, the unbelievable happened The country s Prime Minister, Olof Palme, was shot in the middle of Stockholm s center as he was returning home along with his wife, Lisbet Palme who was by nature an inquiring individual began immediately to gather information regarding the murder that soon led him to some of his own theories The presentation of those theories is the main objective for Stocklaasa in The Man Who Played With Fire.To read my full review, visit