Jens Lapidus is the man behind the most talked about Swedish first novel in a decade: Easy Money - the first of the internationally bestselling Stockholm Trilogy - is a dark and brutal account of the Stockholm underworld. A young and highly successful criminal defense lawyer, Lapidus' professional experience of representing some of the most notorious criminals in the country has given him unique insights into a world that most people would rather not acknowledge. Jens Lapidus lives in Stockholm with his wife.
Sharpen your thoughts, and pay close attention as this is a fascinating, intricate and complex case. Top Dog follows on from Stockholm Delete, and can I suggest that you do start at the beginning of these two books, otherwise you will be playing major catchup as you are introduced to the many layers of characters. Set in Stockholm, an unlikely pairing continue to investigate a set of horrific crimes exploiting young girls. Author Jens Lapidus is a criminal defence lawyer, the authenticity of his world fully connects with the page. I slowly sank into the story, which as well as flinging heart in mouth moments in my path, was also capable of great subtlety. The translation is beautifully done by Alice Menzies, I felt entirely at home and yet fully aware of the fact that I was in a different country. I was wired and vigilant to changes as I read Top Dog, it really is a hard hitting, absolute wow of a read, I simply loved it.
In a stilted style with sparse descriptions which takes a bit of getting into, this is one of those dark Scandinavian crime tales that builds slowly and suddenly grips you making you turn the pages at speed. It is a complex plot involving a young, attractive and very talented lawyer, Emily, a reformed gang criminal, Teddy, who helps her and the Stockholm underworld. Gangs, drugs, fraud, all at a very high level and involving corrupt police. There are several threads and a lot of characters that are sometimes difficult to follow but all becomes clear eventually. The twist at the denouement is neat and rounds things off well. However, there are unanswered questions, in particular the identity of the “big boss” who is so powerful and well protected that it is likely that a very few of those who work for him actually know who he is … So I expect more to come especially as Emily has been sacked from her law firm and must surely set up on her own with Teddy. I will look forward to reading them. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Niklas, a weapons expert, has returned home after years as a mercenary. His world has no laws. His life has made him a violence fanatic and an adrenaline junkie. He is haunted by traumatic childhood memories. One night his mother calls, hysterical. Someone has been murdered in her apartment building. Thomas is a demoralized cop. He's working the night shift when the call about the murder comes in. The victim has been badly beaten, and his arms have been pockmarked by syringes. But someone wants the case silenced - why? Mahmud is just out of jail, and keen to live the high life. He has debts to someone he used to deal for. In a game of russian roulette, his life is spared - but at what cost? He has to look for a man whom he later wishes he'd never found. And his search takes him to a side of Stockholm he wishes he'd never seen. No matter how hard they try, the power is not theirs. It belongs to Radovan who rules over the dark parts of the city where everything is for sale. But the price is much too high.
For decades, a secret network in Stockholm has been exploiting young girls, ruthlessly eliminating anyone who threatens to reveal their secret. As oddly paired duo Teddy and Emelie - the thug and the lawyer - investigate, the terrifying noose tightens. The police force has established a special team to find out just who's involved in the network, but can't seem to get close enough. And who is it that's trying to silence Teddy and Emelie, using any means necessary?
A lawyer, an ex-con, and his nephew team up to solve a grisly murder in this explosive crime novel by internationally bestselling Swedish author Jens Lapidus.When a house alarm goes off in Vrmd, an island in Stockholm's archipelago, a security guard shows up expecting a break-in. But what he finds is far from ordinary: an unidentifiable body, brutally slaughtered. Complicating matters is the wounded young man he finds near the crime scenea man who police will count as their prime suspect.Emelie Jansson, a newly-minted lawyer at a top firm, takes on the young man's case. By her side is Teddy, an ex-con trying to stay on the right side of the law as he works as the firm's fixer. But Teddy has his own problems to worry aboutnamely his wayward nephew, who's on the verge of following in his uncle's criminal footsteps.Who is the murder victim, and who is the murderer? And why do all roads seem to lead to Mats Emanuelsson, a man Teddy once kidnapped? As Emilie investigates, Teddy must confront his past and save his nephew from a troubled fate. Soon, all three get caught in a high-stakes game that threatens to undo their lives.
Varmdo szigeterol, egy maganyosan allo hazbol riasztas erkezik a tavfelugyelet kozpontjaba. Amikor a kikuldott or benyit, szornyu latvany fogadja: egy ember felismerhetetlenne valt holtteste. A tetthely kozeleben egy sulyosan serult fiatalembert is talalnak, akit hamarosan orizetbe vesznek mint a brutalis gyilkossag gyanusitottjat. A fiatalember Emelie Janssont keri fel vedougyvednek, aki, bar valojaban gazdasagi jogasz, neki is lat az ugy felgongyolitesenek. Hamarosan nagy szuksege lesz azonban segitoje, a bortonviselt Teddy tapasztalataira. Az ugy ugyanis igencsak huzosnak bizonyul, es gyokerei melyen a stockholmi alvilagba nyulnak, ahol a mult folyton kisert, a tetek atkozottul magasak, es ahol egy embernek barmikor nyoma veszhet...
Drug dealer Jorge is just out of prison but already bored with his new existence selling lattes and cappuccinos at a cafe. Who wouldn't be? But big money looms, if he can pull off an audacious last heist. What he doesn't know is that the police are already closing in: an undercover investigator has wormed his way deep into Stockholm's criminal circles, close to Jorge. And also close to JW, the part-time student, part-time cab driver who turned to crime - and got in over his head - in order to keep himself in with a rich party crowd. At the same time, someone is trying to take down the Godfather himself, Radovan Kranjic. What would Stockholm be like with Radovan gone? Who would be Stockholm's new king - or queen - of crime? As the novel unfurls answers will be found amid the voracious hunt for money, power, and a carefree life. The goal is easy - and the life deluxe
From Sweden's internationally best-selling crime novelist, the author of Easy Money, comes the riveting second installment of the Stockholm Noir Trilogy. With his trademark live-wire staccato prose and raw energy, Jens Lapidus returns to the streets of Stockholm with an electrifying tale of seedy police officers and vicious underworld criminals. Mahmud, an iron-pumping gym fiend raised among the city's many concrete high-rises, is fresh out of jail and heavily indebted to a Turkish drug lord. To get free he accepts a job from the henchman of brutal mob boss Radovana job that quickly becomes something Mahmud wishes he'd never agreed to. Meanwhile, Niklas is living at home with his mother and keeping a low profile after working as a security contractor in Iraq. When a man is found murdered in the laundry room of their buildinga startling event that coincides with Niklas's discovery of a young Arab girl being beaten by her boyfriendNiklas decides to put his weapons expertise and appetite for violence to use and begins to mete out his own particular brand of justice.Thomas is the volatile cop called to investigate the murder in Niklas's building. When his efforts are suspiciously stymied and the evidence tampered with, he goes off the grid in search of answers. As the identity of the murdered man is discovered, the paths of these three men intertwine, and crimes and secrets far greater than a mere murder come to lightraising the stakes of Stockholm's criminality to staggering new heights.
Ein Schwedenkrimi - knallhart wie die Realitat"e;Ein Meisterwerk"e; (Swedish National Television (SVT)"e;Damn good..."e; Stockholm CityEin Mann will nach oben. Nach ganz oben. Johan Westlund alias JW will mithalten mit seinen neuen Freunden. Mit den coolen Jungs aus der Oberschicht, fur die es immer nur aufwarts geht und deren Leben eine einzige Party ist - voll Alkohol, Drogen, Designer-Klamotten und teurer Frauen. Um sich die Nachte mit ihnen leisten zu konnen, arbeitet JW in den anderen Nachten als Taxifahrer fur den undurchsichtigen Abdulkarim. Sein Boss macht JW ein Angebot, das er nicht ablehnen kann: dunkle Geschafte in Stockholms Unterwelt. Vielleicht kann er nur hier, auf der Nachtseite der Stadt, mit einer anderen Suche erfolgreich sein. JW will seine Schwester finden, die vor vier Jahren nach Stockholm ging. Auf der Suche nach einem besseren Leben, wie ihr Bruder. Dann lernte sie diesen Typen mit dem gelben Ferrari kennen - und ist seither spurlos verschwunden ...
Brutal spannend: Jens Lapidus - nach Stieg Larsson der erfolgreichste Thrillerautor Europas.Drei Manner - drei Schicksale:Durch einen brutalen Mord, der von hochsten Regierungskreisen vertuscht werden soll, kreuzen sich die Wege von Mahmud, einem unvorsichtigen Drogendealer, Thomas, einem gestrauchelten Polizisten und Niklas, einem ehemaligen Soldner im Irak. Jeder versucht auf seine Weise, mit diesem Leben fertig zu werden, denn schon lange ist die Grenze zwischen Gut und Bose aufgehoben. Und es gibt einen, der die Faden zieht: Radovan Kranjic, der groe Pate der Unterwelt.Fur alle Fans von Stieg Larsson, Dennis Lehane und James Ellroy"e;Jeder Strang ist fur sich eine lesenswerte Geschichte, zusammen ergeben sie einen ganz besonderen schwedischen Kriminalroman."e; Ulrich Noller, WDR Funkhaus Europa, 5.10.2011
Authentisch, skandinavisch, gut: Der Nummer-1-Bestseller aus SchwedenDas Ziel ist klar: Sie alle wollen ein sorgenfreies Leben im Luxus. Irgendwo im sonnigen Suden. Dafur brauchen sie Geld. Sauberes Geld. Johan Westlund, alias JW, hat noch im Gefangnis das beste Geldwaschesystem der Welt erfunden. Das wei auch Natalie, die schone Tochter des groen Stockholmer Paten Radovan Kranjic. Was sie nicht wissen: Ein Spitzel schnuffelt in ihren Kreisen herum. Einer der ihnen das sue Leben vielleicht noch verderben kann...>Ein unglaublich starker Thriller!
From one of Sweden's most successful defense lawyers comes an unflinching look at Stockholm's underworld, told from the perspective of the mob bosses, the patsies, and the thugs who help operate its twisted justice system. JW is a student having trouble keeping up appearances in the rich party crowd he has involved himself with. He's desperate for money, and when he's offered a job dealing drugs to the very crowd he's vying for a place in, he accepts it. Meanwhile, Jorge, a young Latino drug dealer, has just broken out of jail and is itching for revenge. When JW's supplier gets wind of Jorge's escape, he suggests JW track him down and attempt to win his trust in order to cover more area in the drug circuit. But JW's not the only one on Jorge's trail: Mrado, the brutal muscle behind the Yugoslavian mob boss whose goons were the ones who ratted Jorge out to the cops, is also on the hunt. But like everyone else, he's tired of being a mere pawn in an impossibly risky game, and he's seeking to carve out a niche of his own. As the paths of these antiheroes intertwine further, they find themselves mercilessly pitted against one another in a world where allegiances are hard-won, revenge is hard-fought, and a way out of it all is even harder to come by.Fast and intricately paced, and with pitch-perfect dialogue, Easy Money is a raw, dark, and intelligent crime novel that has catapulted Jens Lapidus into the company of Sweden's most acclaimed crime writers.From the Hardcover edition.