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Three Seconds by [Roslund, Hellstrom]
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"Gritty and fast-paced." -- TODAY show "Americans are finally catching on to what thriller fans around the world already know -- that the Swedish team of Roslund & Hellstrom is writing explosive crime novels as good, if not better, than those of Stieg Larsson .... Gun play, explosions, betrayals and the ingenious ways drugs and weapons are smuggled into prisons give this novel, Roslund & Hellstrom's fifth, an eau de testosterone level that's through the roof." -"USA Today""""[A] sprawling and often gripping thriller.... The gritty details of drug dealing, of prison life and of the relations between cops and informants are all rendered with convincing authority."--"Wall Street Journal""""Thrill-a-minute cat and mouse game...a grimly amoral tale." --Marilyn Stasio, "New York Times Book Review " "Twisty plot makes for propulsive reading." --"Entertainment Weekly" "A complex and surprising novel... A riveting story that serious readers will find worthwhile and memorable. "Three Seconds" hits its target. It is a tour de force." --"New York Journal of Books" "It's like "Traffic" on the Swedish-Polish border, but everything from the weather to the criminals' hearts is a little colder." --"People" magazine "The action quickly draws you in and continues to grip you to the final chapters of the novel. The authors have something to say, and "Three Seconds" proves to be an excellent way of doing it." --"Associated Press""" "These guys are their own kind of writers and if you love crime fiction you owe it to yourself to check out this book. Mobsters, drug dealers, corruption and loads of action. This is pure straight up Crime Fiction, no chaser, no apologies." --"Crimespree""" "Piet Hoffman is a devoted husband and the father of two young sons. He's also an ex-con who has been working undercover for the Stockholm police for nine years. Code named "Paula," Piet has risen through the ranks of the Polish mafia and is chosen to lead the Poles' effort to control the supply of

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Scandinavian crime at its most explosive: the New York Times bestselling and CWA International Dagger winning DCI Ewert Grens thriller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2278 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184916150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849161503
  • ASIN: B0045OW4OM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'Three Seconds' is Roslund and Hellstrom's third novel to be published
in English,all featuring the grumpy Detective Inspector Ewert Grens.
It was,with good reason,a huge bestseller in the authors' home country,
Sweden.
The plot focuses around Piet Hoffman,a police informer,who has infiltrated
Wotjek Security,which is a cover for a Polish drug-dealing operation.They
have decided to supply illegal drugs to Swedish prisoners,and Hoffman is
to get himself incarcarated in order to control the operation from the
inside.Prior to this he is a witness to a killing during a drug exchange,
which D.I.Grens-who 25 years after the event is still obsessed with the
accident and subsequent death of his female partner and colleague-
investigates.Grens enquiries are impeded by a cover-up and corruption in
high places.
This is a lengthy,exciting,well-plotted thriller,which goes into considerable
yet interesting detail regarding Hoffman's activities in his quest to stay
alive. One is ,though,left wondering as to his motivation in taking such
great risks ,especially as he has a close family.
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Format: Paperback
I ordered this book because I had seen it received a Swedish Crime Writers award and, given the quality of Scandinavian crime-writing, I felt that meant it had to be good.

I found the initial chapters and storyline unpleasant - almost vomit-making (if you've read it you will know why) - but I persevered. The characters became increasingly intriguing and the plot decidedly complicated - just how I like it.

By a third of the way through, I was steaming through the book like a high-speed train. Every spare moment was an opportunity to read a bit more.

I definitely warmed to grumpy Ewart Grens - a typical misanthropic Scandinavian detective, but probably with good reason for his behaviour and attitude. I will be reading the earlier novels in this series.

Highly recommended.
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At over 600 pages long this is a weighty tome for a crime novel but I can honestly say that I wish it was double the size! A marvellous look at the underbelly of the Scandinavian police and punishment system. Ewart Grens the main police character is recognisable from this genre - a moody, emotionally tortured policeman whose job is his life but you really start to identify with him thanks to the skill of the writers. I loved this book and will now read the other two novels by the same authors.
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I don't know if my review counts for much, Three Seconds is not the kind of book women are allegedly drawn to, but then I'm not a woman who's drawn to the type of books women are allegedly drawn to, if you see what I mean?

Very much written in the style of one of my favourite author Gerald Seymour, Three Seconds is a page turner, full of suspense , an excellent gripping read.
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If there were spaces for ten stars every one would be highlighted. This is the most gripping book I've read in ages. The plot is unique, the pace is fast and the characters are just so vivid. This book was even better than Cell 8 which was also great. I've even felt forced to splurge and buy 'The Beast' in 2nd hand paperback which is out of print and pretty expensive (not read yet). If you like Nordic crime you won't be disappointed with 'Three Seconds'. Roslund & Hellstrom have just shot to the top of my reading list!
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Format: Hardcover
FACTS: Sweden is a nation of laws and rights. Criminal organizations profit from illegal trade -- drug distribution being one. Swedish prisons are underfunded, understaffed. Drugged inmates are easier -- cheaper -- to control. Police supervisory authority believes conventional intelligence methods are insufficient to combat organized crime. To infiltrate criminal organizations, the police need spies. Swedish police cannot engage in criminal activity. Only real criminals can pose as criminals.

How far will criminal organizations go to kill a snitch?

How far will police authority go to deny it employs criminals?

What must a man -- caught in the middle -- do to survive, to "not die yet"?

THREE SECONDS provides the explosive answers in a taut human drama set in the limbo of Swedish law versus Swedish need.

A relentless nerve-wracking police thriller right up there with DAY OF THE JACKAL and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. One of the best books I've read -- ever.
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By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2011
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I haven't come across this writing duo before: Roslund a journalist and Hellstrom an ex-criminal. Between them them they've created a thriller with page-turning pace. It took me a few chapters to get into the story as the narrative switches between characters with unfamiliar sounding names located in geographical locations, apart from Stockholm, which I don't recognize. Rather like when I started to read Henning Mankell or Stieg Larsson novels, but like those books I soon got the hang of things.

Three Seconds is an extraordinary story about the lengths that the authorities might go to in order to undermine the criminal gangs from abroad who evidently dominate the supply of drugs to Scandinavia. The amount of convincing detail about how the gangs operate and the covert operations employed against them kept reminding me of Frederick Forsyth's writing who similarly gives his thrillers authenticity by inclusion of meticulously researched detail. As with Forsyth's books, women are largely absent; scenery, weather and surrounding are minimally referred to; and characters are not fleshed out by a lot of description but are there to carry-out the inventive story. The style of writing is economical without superfluous adjectives and natural flow must owe a lot to the translator. I would say it's more a man's book than a woman's, but I did enjoy it and thought it worthy Winner of Swedish Crime novel of the year.
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