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Bo Norgren in two minutes

Current occupation: Since 1st May 2017, retired.

Cop. Detective Superintendent at the National Operations Department.

Lives in: A villa on Ekerö.

Background: Musician. Toured with Monica Törnell and Anders Linder in the 70's. Drives a Chevrolet Stepside '77. Lives together with his wife and his seven-year-old son. He also has two grown-up kids.

Bosse on writing

"Ever since my first book was published, I've understood that this is something that many people are dreaming about: To start writing.

When I think back, I've probably always written. I learned hos to read and write when I was four. When I was a little older and had started in grade school, I was a frequent guest at the local library. Actually so frequent that I was given restrictions. 'You can only borrow eight books per week.'

I've followed that road through the years. That I ended up in the crime fiction business, is my mothers's doing. She never learned English in school, so she took a course when she got older. Her instructor told her that, 'one of the best ways to keep your language skills, is to read books. And preferably thrillers. Hopefully, they are so exciting that you can't put them away...' My mom tried this method and said it worked, so I followed her example. I was around sixteen at the time.

Since then, I've read crime fiction and thrillers. And a high percentage has been in English. Of course I've also read other kinds of literature: A lot by Hemingway, Steinbeck and Updike to name a few examples. And I actually like the Sci-Fi genre a lot. A few favorites: Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert.

At last, one (or rather ten) of my absolute favorites: Maj Sjöwall's and Per Wahlöö's decalogy 'Roman om ett brott', 'Novel about a crime'. Probably the crime fiction that has inspired me the most with their everyday police realism. They still hold up to the wear of time, even though they were written between 1965 and 1974. I recently read all ten novels for the fifth time. A reflection: It would be interesting to know how many of the people looking at the Beck movies nowadays who know these books are the original. Another reflection: Mikael Persbrandt, who played Gunvald Larsson in many of the Beck movies, was born in 1963 and was a little boy when these novels were written. Still, in the novels, Gunvald is described in a way that makes you see Micke in front of you. Talk about perfect casting..."