Maxim Jakubowski's view...
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.
Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2011.
Further explorations of the dark side of Swedish society with a particularly brutal and vivid touch. An undercover cop is sent to a high security prison to investigate a drug-related murder. But all is not what it seems and a gallery of grotesques soon joins the dance in a plot that circles many times on itself and always comes up with the unexpected. The authors are a duo of investigative journalist and actual ex-criminal, so familiar with the dark side.
CWA Judges’ comments: ‘The Swedish duo’s usual maverick cop takes a back seat to a riveting exploration of a deniable operation involving an undercover agent deep inside a criminal organisation. Their new character, doomed to betrayal by political manoeuvring, fights for his life with great intelligence and courage.’
February 2011 Book of the Month.
A "Piece of Passion" from the Publisher...
"Roslund and Hellstrom's Three Seconds offers readers as tense
and gripping, edge of seat experience as any novel I can remember
reading. And a last twist that defies expectations and leaves the reader
wrung out like an old dishcloth. It's what the very best thrillers can
Like Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Three Seconds
starts in a pretty leisurely way and you have to be patient and find
your way into this dangerous and terrifying world. Once there you find
that the authors don't complicate matters - you are with the hero each
step; you will find out why he has a way with tulips and what purpose he
has with library books which no-one else will ever borrow, once he gets
into the vicious Aspas high security prison.
I heard about these
authors when their agent gave me a copy of their first novel to be
translated into English and persuaded me to commission a translation of
Three Seconds, which was just about to be published in Sweden. After
some indecision we took the plunge and watched R&H become the true
successors to Mankell and Larsson as their new novel dominated the
bestseller lists and critical heights of the Scandinavian press.
And when the wonderful translation from Kari Dickson came in we felt
intoxicated - with the book, with the potential of the book, with the
authors whom we had met and knew would be great advocates of Three Seconds and the knowledge that for Quercus, Swedish crime would not end with the incomparable Larsson."
- Jon Riley, Editor at Quercus Books
Comparison: Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson Who is Maxim Jakubowski ?
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