Monday, January 3, 2011

Review : Three Seconds

Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström. Silver Oak, 2011. (To be published January 4)

[Source : LibraryThing Early Reviewers]

Three Seconds is the fifth novel by Roslund and Hellström to feature Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous Grens titles because the real star of Three Seconds is Piet Hoffman. Hoffman is an ex-con turned informant who is caught up in a dangerous attempt to bring down the Polish mafia in Sweden. In order to maintain his cover and learn more, he enters a maximum security Swedish prison. Unfortunately, a drug deal gone bad and the tireless Ewert Grens land him a precarious situation where both the government and the mafia want him dead. Hoffman has only “one chance and three seconds” to make it out of prison alive (quote from back cover of ARC).

Maybe it’s a Swedish thing. I had the same initial reaction to Three Seconds as to Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The story moves slowly at first. Just when you begin to wonder when the thrill will really kick in, it does. Once the action jumps off, it is a non-stop roller coaster ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat. When Piet Hoffman lands in prison, Three Seconds becomes an intense thriller with a plot and resolution sure to satisfy. You’ll also look back at all the background information of the first hundred plus pages with greater understanding through a serious of amazing aha moments. Three Seconds was a bestseller in Sweden and winner of the 2009 Swedish Crime Writers’ award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year.  These accolades are well-deserved. Three Seconds has a smart, intricate, well-written plot that I think any thriller or crime novel fan will enjoy.

Related post:
Review : Stieg Larsson's Final Works

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  1. It seems that Swedish mysteries are red hot right now and I have yet to try one. I need to get with it.

  2. I agree with your review, but I thought this book started out with a bang and kept on going.

    Here is my review of the book:

    What do you think?