Bo Norgren in two minutesCurrent occupation: Since 1st May 2017, retired.
Job: Cop. Detective Superintendent at the National Operations Department.
Lives in: A villa on Ekerö.
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
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..."