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Cell 8 (DCI Ewert Grens) by [Roslund, Anders, Hellström, Börge]
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'Astonishing ... Passionate ... Taut with suspense' Sunday Times. (Sunday Times)

'Cell 8 is marked by the same surprise element that made their earlier novel, 'Three Seconds', such a spectacular read' Time Out. (Time Out)

'for crime with a political purpose, it's hard to beat Cell 8 by Ander Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, where an outburst of violence on a late-night ferry heading for Sweden links to the fate of an American on death row' Sunday Times. (Sunday Times)

'Mesmerizing' Independent. (Independent)

'Powerful' The Times. (The Times)

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DCI Ewert Grens returns in an impossibly clever and unbearably tense Scandinavian crime thriller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1052 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: riverrun (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JCCHUU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shakespeare wrote that there is journey we take that once we've crossed the border, we cannot return. This book develops this and tries to show that just maybe that border can be recrossed.

Cell 8 is all about death. It permeates each of the character's waking (and sleeping) thoughts and, as a result, it makes this a rather depressing novel.

The story of a convicted killer on Death Row in Ohio moves from the USA over to Sweden and back again, several times. Fortunately, these changes in scenarios are handled well by the authors. It soon becomes clear that the convicted killer is alive and kicking despite being pronounced dead in the prison.

How this could occur is thrust upon Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens and his small team of investigators in Sweden, since this is where the man who would be dead is now living. An unfortunate brawl on a ferry boat brings him to life again and so the second half of the book develops the status of the death penalty, international politics and the obvious immorality of the State carrying out executions on the people's behalf.

If this sounds rather dour, well, in parts, it is. But there is a thriller in all this. To reveal why will give away too much but the finale is a triumph of forward planning to achieve a result and it caught me out, for sure.

Is the killer innocent after all? Had he been locked away unjustly? Does the end justify the means? It's a great read and a story well told. Ewert Grens is a likeable character despite or because of his troubled life. I don't know if he featured in the two earlier books by this duo but I certainly hope we'll meet him again.

As crime thrillers go, this is most definitely not a run-of-the-mill novel. This makes it all the more fascinating to get to grips with it and enjoy the storytelling. Just don't expect sunshine and gaity throughout.
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This book seemed a little confusing at the start but it was well worth getting past the first few pages to discover a ripping tale. It features a guy wrongly accused of murder who is in death row. My mind raced to the conclusion of this page turner but I was completely wrong. The authors came up with something I hadn't imagined in my wildest thoughts. I went on thinking about the story for a long time after I'd finished reading because it reached the depths of my conscience. I thoroughly recommend Cell 8 as a must read. Perhaps if I were an American citizen, I might not be as enthusiastic since it highlights a few home truths about life in the US for its convicts.
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The focus of this novel is the controversy over the death penalty, the plot is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Playing a minor role in the story is, of course, Detective Superintend Ewert Grens, who was introduced to readers in the widely acclaimed "Three Seconds" a year ago. "Cell 8" is more of a polemic than an old-fashioned crime novel, often seeming merely a dry tract supporting arguments against capital punishment.

Nevertheless, after a rather slow beginning, the book develops into an interesting tale with a finish so unanticipated as to take the reader's breath away. Essentially, this is the story of a 17-year-old boy convicted of murdering his 16-year-old girlfriend. No real hard support was presented at trial that he committed the deed, but he is convicted solely on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to death. He spends 10 years on death row and then the authors once again show their ingenuity in carrying the novel forward [this comment by way of avoiding the heart of the plot].

Yes, there are long spells of dry prose, but on the whole, it is well worth reading through from beginning to end, and is highly recommended.
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This one will shock some who choose to read it. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I'd figured the plot, the book became easier to read. Who was John Frey? You'll find out things about him that are cleverly woven into the storyline, with many twists and turns. What about the man who called himself John's 'carer'? He turns out, eventually to add more spice to the story than any of us readers could ever have imagined. Great book, solid story, well written.
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This is not your normal Nordic "whodunit". You wont experience a lonely wolf fighting in dark countries for justice by bringing a killer to his "deserved" end.
It's about small steps you take because you cant help who you are and which might have big impacts.
An entertainer who sees for the umpteen's time a sexual predator, the one who rubs against women in a crowd. This time he loses it and kicks him, due to his position on the stage, in the head. Assault.
A detective who takes this personal, not because he takes assault serious but because he still suffers from the guild of inflicting accidental head damage to the woman he loved.
A father who cant get over the pain that his daughter was murdered and takes even a feeble connection as a sign that this young man is a killer. A victim of his hate and pain.
A prison warden you regard as a kindred soul.
A lovely caring female police officer where you are left with the uneasy feeling that it could as well be cold, rational and kind of "snake-y".
Another father who kids himself declaring that he believes in corporal punishment, as long as this does not concern his son who is of course in his eyes innocent. This father took unusual steps who then brought the entertainer and the detective together.
Throw in a politician who thinks himself clever of coming up with a solution to solve a tricky diplomatic problem and ends up bringing deep shame to his country. And to humanity.

It is a rather disturbing book, you might feel sick, despair, feel powerless; you might hate, despise or understand the various protagonists throughout the whole book in various twists and turns. And oddly enough you get the solution to "whodunit". But this does not count anymore.
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