Stockholm Delete Paperback – 7 Sep 2017
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At last: an epic European thriller to rival the Stieg Larsson books. It's an entirely new criminal world, beautifully rendered - and a wildly thrilling novel. -- James Ellroy on the Stockholm Noir trilogy Jens Lapidus, with his dazzling book, Easy Money, is the new Swedish thriller writer everyone's been waiting for. -- Reggie Nadelson Anything Jens Lapidus writes is a must-read for me. His writing crackles with a profound understanding of not simply why bad people do bad things, but how. -- Ryan Gattis Jens Lapidus is a very talented crime author. He is also a young author. He is only going to get better - and he has every potential of becoming the best -- Leif GW Persson Breathless staccato phrases matched with stylish acceleration a la James Ellroy's raw, terse prose... Lapidus delivers an intrigue that will keep you nailed to the pages * Politiken, Denmark * [Stockholm Delete] is intense and hyperrealistic, written by a suspense novelist who this time has created a near perfectly matched relationship between the novel's content and the form in which it is presented. * Dagbladet, Norway *
Stockholm Delete is a superbly gritty thriller which gets right to the heart of the Stockholm criminal world.See all Product description
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Teddy is trying to put his past behind him, but as he comes to understand that there was much more to the kidnapping than a ransom, he is forced to reacquaint himself with his criminal brethren, and become the wily hard man he was once reputed to be. He wants to get to the bottom of the mystery despite the fact that it may cost him his life and those close to him. 19 year old Nikola is Teddy's nephew, just released after a spell in a youth custodial centre. Nikola loves his uncle Teddy, but circumstances are conspiring to put him on a similar troubled path as Teddy. Nikola finds himself needing a lawyer, he calls on Emelie, who cannot say no. Mats Emanuelsson, a man with a fatal addiction to gambling, finds himself in hock to the Yugoslav mafia, becoming The Magician. He is arrested by the police, and becomes a police informant. His interviews with Joakim Sunden give detailed information on his extensive role in financial fraud. Mats finds it difficult to cope after being kidnapped and goes on to commit suicide. Despite the dangers they find themselves in, Teddy, Emelie and Nikola are determined to find the truth and ensure that Benjamin receives justice, but will they succeed?
The story does not tie up all the threads and it ends on a real cliffhanger, I imagine that there will be a sequel. After a slow start, the story becomes fast paced, with such high levels of tension and suspense that I could not stop reading. Stockholm delete refers to the practice of making people disappear. I really liked the characters of Emelie and Teddy, their relationship with each other, their determination, and how they develop in the novel. This is the first book I have read by this author and I was impressed by his ability to tell a rattling good yarn. I am certainly keen to read other books by him when they become available. Many thanks to Corvus and Atlantic Books for an ARC.
The novel opens with a security guard discovering a shot body and seeing a car crash near the crime scene. It then switches to Nikola's last days in a juvenile detention centre before release, then to police interviews with a confidential informant, Mats Emanuelsson, then to Emelie Jansson and her confirmation to a lawyer and finally to Teddy, an ex con trying to go straight. Emelie is the main protagonist but Teddy is the link. He works as an investigator with Emelie's law firm after 8 years behind bars for the kidnap of Mats Emanuelsson, he is Nikola's uncle and when Benjamin Emanuelsson wakes up from his car crash he asks for mergers and acquisitions lawyer Emelie to represent him and tells her to get Teddy to understand.
I thoroughly enjoyed Stockholm Deleted which is a grown up, sophisticated read with a bit of everything. The plotting is detailed and complex and, with Mr Lapidus being an eminent criminal defence lawyer, it has the ring of authenticity. There is violence, corruption, money laundering and gangs. Teddy is a former gang member in the immigrant underworld and Nikola is a wannabe so this world features prominently in the novel. Their twisted code of ethics and loyalties makes for fascinating reading as nothing is as us ordinary mortals would expect.
It may seem from the above description that this is a very dark novel but on the contrary it is a novel filled with hope from Emelie's decision to help Benjamin regardless of the consequences for herself, like loss of her job, to Teddy's determination to do right by the Emanuelssons when he discovers that there was more to Matt's kidnapping than he was told. Obviously it is not all sweetness and light but it is very realistic.
As a newly minted lawyer and one fresh to criminal work Emelie is the reader's guide to the Swedish legal system. It seems very different to ours - Emelie is expected to construct a defence with no idea until very late in the day of the evidence against her client. It's interesting.
I found the first few chapters compulsive reading as they draw you in and arouse your curiosity about Matt's story, what happens to Benjamin and where Nikola fits in. Teddy and Emelie are fairly obvious. It is a fairly long novel and to me it sags a bit in the middle with not much forward propulsion, more Emelie and Teddy going through the motions but it picks up again with more action and a resolution.
Stockholm Delete requires a fair amount of concentration to keep up with the large cast of characters and complicated plotting but it is rewarding so I have no hesitation in recommending it as a good read.
Initially, I found it a little confusing as the timeline jumps back and forward between two different plot threads. Additionally, there seemed to be quite a few characters to keep track of and I was a little confused by the numerous names and nicknames. The legal jargon was also a little overwhelming at times but, as it was integral to the plot, it wasn't out of place.
After about 50 pages, I was hooked by the story. The writing is taut and fast-paced, and the plot was incredibly well thought out. I connected with Emilie and Teddy so was invested in their outcome. This is a complex crime thriller that's definitely worth reading.
The book is based in Sweden and was translated from Swedish but the translation is good and the book moves along at a rapid pace.
The story centres on a lawyer who teams up with an ex con who is trying to go straight.
A body is found in a remote house which has links to one of the character's previous life and to Stockholm's criminal underworld.
Both main characters face a number of personal and work challenges as the story unfolds
There are quite a few characters within the book but that isn't confusing and the story is well constructed and a definite page turner.
Another author added to my list of authors to follow
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