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in English,all featuring the grumpy Detective Inspector Ewert Grens.
It was,with good reason,a huge bestseller in the authors' home country,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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This is a clever, hard to stop reading book, that has all you can ask of a good thriller: believable characters, unexpected turns and tension on many levels.Published 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
Completely enthralling thriller with amazing twists and turns in the plotting of a Brilliant storyline.Published 5 months ago by ms ce jordan
One of the best books that I have read. On the strength of this one I have ordered all other books by the same authors. The book is very compelling and stunningly written.Published 22 months ago by mikem
Crime is often my fiction of choice and I usually really enjoy the books I read, but this smashed it! I've read all the reviews and the 1-3 stars confuse me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Beccy Davies
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