Sandwiched between the homicide investigation lead by the doggedly determined Grens and the ruthless Polish Mafia which will not hesitate to kill a snitch. None of the increasingly inept language of crime writing can be found here. “Three Seconds” spent the better part of a year on Swedish best-seller lists. Three Seconds (Book) : Roslund, Anders : Ex-convict Piet Hoffman--a family man, a rising member of Stockholm's Polish mafia, and an undercover police informant--is sent to a maximum security prison to make himself the boss of the amphetamine trade so the police can shut it down. “Roslund & Hellström write so convincingly that I for a moment think it all must be true. The premise is that former drug addict and ex-con Piet Hoffman. A secret arm of the law agrees, and offers him and his family protection and new identities for breaking the drug operations of the Mafia in the Swedish prison system. An ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.Director: Andrea Di StefanoWriters: Matt Cook (screenplay), Börge Hellström (novel) | 1 more credit »Stars: Ana de Armas, Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman Riding high on the wave of Scandinavian novels breaking on our shores, comes this first rate thriller from the award winning team of Roslund and Hellstrom. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. Deciding to become a police informant puts Piet Hoffman in the position of having to hide his criminal past and lie to his wife and sons. It's a riveting look at detective work, criminal minds, and the enormous risks, both physical and psychological, that both sides take in doing what they do. This latest example (the third in a series, following The Beast and Box 21) takes a very straightforward and familiar plot about an undercover operative working for the Swedish police, and manages to milk it for more than 400 pages of not particularly engaging prose. For me it exceeded the Larsson series everyone loved. Call him Paula. The authors have something to say, and Three Seconds proves to be an excellent way of doing it.”, “The writing team of Roslund and Hellström is one that is made in heaven ... Three Seconds is challenging, exciting and haunting. But, in the doggedly-perceptive Ewert Grens, he has just made the most relentless of enemies. Ex-con Piet Hoffman, now a “covert human intelligence source” for the Stockholm police, is deeply implanted into the Polish Mafia. Gun play, explosions, betrayals and the ingenious ways drugs and weapons are smuggled into prisons give this novel, Roslund & Hellström's fifth, an eau de testosterone level that's through the roof.”, “Three Seconds, the title, is the time in the book that a shot being fired hits its target. // Three Seconds is a fascinating journey into a world that is very far removed from our ideas of it.”, ”Roslund & Hellström just keep getting better.”, “Roslund & Hellström have now published five books and they are among the best one can read. A visceral, demanding read filled with the kind of insider knowledge that raises it from the pack.”. Skip to main content. I was a little unsure at first what I would be getting into, as the setting is Sweden and there are lots of difficult-to- pronounce street names, a la Dragon Tattoo series (excellent reads, as well). Every page wants to turn itself and it takes a great deal of willpower to put it down. The book is incessantly driven forward by the condensed language and intense plot.”, “Roslund & Hellström present 600 pages packed with drama. But they reckoned without the indefatigable Grens, intent on solving his case all unaware of the secret agenda. Three-seconds is the portfolio of Digital Artist & Motion-Designer Thomas Gugel. I liked all the planning done by the main character and his meticulous attention to details. The book is shared by two main characters. But everybody else is fair game. to get into the book, once it took hold it didn't let go. But, in the doggedly-perceptive Ewert Grens, he has just made the most relentless of enemies. Then check out Cell 8, named by the Sunday Times as one of the 60 Best Thrillers and Crime Novels of the Past 6 Years. The woman who just bumped into you is a stalker. Riding high on the wave of Scandinavian novels breaking on our shores, comes this first rate thriller from the award winning team of Roslund and Hellstrom. Until the conclusion, it is difficult to predict who will survive and who will fall to their respective life c. This was a fantastic Sweedish read By Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom and written in the style of the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series by Stieg Larsson. You are without a doubt superior in the Swedish crime genre and you keep your readers in a tight grip that one neither can nor wants to get out of.”, ”This is a real page-turner, which cost me a couple nights of troubled sleep. There wasn't a single moment when I felt that even one word was extraneous, except maybe when I was confused with the foreign terms but that had nothing to do with the book itself. *Starred Review*, “Duo's Three Seconds does Stieg Larsson one better. Refined and narrated without clichés. /
/ It is terribly good reading.”, ”Roslund och Hellström prove that Swedish crime fiction is part of the definitive world elite right now. [s], Review of "Three Seconds" By Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström, The Best Mystery & Thriller Adaptations Since 'Gone Girl'. Give this to Stieg Larsson fans and any reader fond of morally complex thrillers.”, “The thin line that separates such truth and lies is a theme reverberating throughout Three Seconds and drives an explosive plot twist and coverup… [The] novel’s savage dissection of societal and government corruption make Three Seconds a nerve-jangling ride and perhaps a kissing cousin of Larsson’s novels.”, “The five novels featuring Inspector Ewert Grens are faster paced and stronger on plot than most Swedish crime fiction.”, Los Angeles Times, John-Henri Holmberg (US), “[Roslund and Hellstrom] have concocted a brilliant thriller … extremely difficult to put down. Your neighbors are hiding a body. Mobsters, drug dealers, corruption and loads of action. Ewert Grens, an old schoo. Sometimes the level of detail seemed too heavy, but as a mechanism to lock you into the story it was perfect. I don't know all the books that came out in the last year, but I know that this is not at the level or Henning Mankel, Arnarldur Idridisson, Helen Turston, Sjowall and Wahloo, Karen Fossum, Ake Edwardson, Hakkan Nesser and certainly is no Stig Larsson. The series with the obstinate superintendent Ewert Grens is simply unbeatable in comparison with other contemporary crime novels. The writing is very strong, almost addictive in its cadence and flow and smooth transition between characters but the subject matter simply isn't my gig. // They hold their readers in a tight grip and don’t evenlet go when the book comes to an end.”, “Three Seconds is this summer’s definite must-read when it comes to Swedish crime novels.”, “The strongest action thriller by Roslund & Hellström so far, impossible to put down before the unexpected end.”, “Roslund & Hellström appear to have parked, once and for all, on the pinnacle of the Swedish crime writing elite. This was an extraordinary 'experience', a heart-in-your-throat thriller of the first order. I found the stance against informants getting away with crimes. Sound about right? The most annoying aspect was the constant repetition of information - more editing please! It’s an operation assigned by the police force. Three Seconds is an interesting look at how the Swedish police operate a criminal informant, and react to corruption related to the informant. Hoffmann must desperately maintain his cover; else he is a dead man walking. Let's see. Epub 2012 Oct 9. Available worldwide. There is also a list of characters in the front, which always makes me wonder how many times I may have to flip back and forth throughout the story in order to keep up with who's who. This is pure straight up Crime Fiction, no chaser, no apologies.”, “Harsh and brutal ... Non-stop and the tension unlimited ... Well-written and powerful.”, “Three Seconds invites comparison with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Start by marking “Three Seconds (Grens & Sundkvist #5)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Superb plotting and in depth characterizations highlight this novel. Scandinavian crime fiction has been hot for many years now, but in the wake of the unexpected success of the Steig Larsson books, it appears to be even more ubiquitous. It offers no suspicious servants, nobody wears an ascot, and it doesn't end with the entire cast (minus corpse) gathered around a dinner table for a shocking reveal. Probably 3.5 stars, the book wanders at times and no explanation of the treachery is provided. This book cover says it is the best book of the year. The story is so engrossing that it all just stayed put in my brain--yay! Roslund & Hellström’s previous novels have won several awards and great critical acclaim , and reached a large audience. There is the same obsessive detail, the same corruption of the authorities, and even Larsson's tactic of the slow introductory chapters that suddenly shift into a higher gear ... R & H have even managed to freight in some cogent aperçus about the nature of identity amid the clammy suspense. This is one of the best crime novels I have read in a long time. Dark, suspenseful, and more riveting than any thriller at the local cineplex, Three Seconds is the latest novel from best-selling Swedish duo Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström-heirs apparent to Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell as the masters of Scandinavian crime. But, in the doggedly-perceptive Ewert Grens, he has just made the most relentless of enemies. One with a beloved wife and two small boys, a family he will protect no matter what the cost. For the last 300+ pages, I couldn't put it down. The title hints at the sense of 'real time' pacing of the story and the characters are ones that you grow to like/admire despite their human frailties. Getting himself arrested after assurances from senior police and governmental officials, Piet is burned and sets up his own death after taking hostages to expose his double dealing masters. Anders Roslund is a Swedish author and journalist. 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