Start by marking “Three Seconds (Grens & Sundkvist #5)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Call him Paula. Let's see. It is more than worth the night of sleep you’ll sacrifice at its altar. Though it took me a while (50 pages? This is a wonderful mystery despite the fact that it isn't a 'whodunit' but rather a 'howdunit'. Scandinavian Noir. *Starred Review*, “Duo's Three Seconds does Stieg Larsson one better. So it would certainly be appropriate to award the dazzling duo, that keep the banner flying for Swedish, socially conscious thrillers, once again.”, “A strong and well-written crime novel with both significance and terrifying suspense. Currently working as a Freelancer, based in Cologne Germany. Received via Goodreads First Reads. Probably 3.5 stars, the book wanders at times and no explanation of the treachery is provided. THREE SECONDS. Skip to main content. Three Seconds was a #1 bestseller in Sweden and the winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ 2009 award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year. to get into the book, once it took hold it didn't let go. Available worldwide. // Roslund & Hellström have indeed won The Glass Key once before (for their début The Beast), but Stieg Larsson was awarded it twice posthumously. And another, secret life in which he every single day risks losing everything. Give this to Stieg Larsson fans and any reader fond of morally complex thrillers.”, “The thin line that separates such truth and lies is a theme reverberating throughout Three Seconds and drives an explosive plot twist and coverup… [The] novel’s savage dissection of societal and government corruption make Three Seconds a nerve-jangling ride and perhaps a kissing cousin of Larsson’s novels.”, “The five novels featuring Inspector Ewert Grens are faster paced and stronger on plot than most Swedish crime fiction.”, Los Angeles Times, John-Henri Holmberg (US), “[Roslund and Hellstrom] have concocted a brilliant thriller … extremely difficult to put down. I listened to the audiobook, and I have a feeling it made the book better. Even the most discerning reader will be really impressed…”, “… the authors have succeeded with a brilliantly written, but readable novel that keeps the reader in the excitement to last row… ” “… brilliantly written thriller, soon the readers get into a rhythm and start to devour the story… ”, “…duo Roslund & Hellström has succeeded again – not just to get the readers’ recognition but also because of its literary quality to get awarded with the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award 2009 for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year…” “…Three Seconds is a thriller of high tension…” “… besides the pleasure of rhythmic and exciting reading shows Three Seconds on the difficulty deciding whether there is a static boundary between good and evil, between victims and perpetrators… ”, “… an extraordinarily exciting novel, with a flawless construction. In addition, Three Seconds is undoubtedly their best book so far. While Inspector Ewert Grens investigates the murder, Hoffman's Mafia masters want him in prison to take over drug operations there. And I would be pretty surprised.”, “I read it in one sitting and 592 pages went by in no time! Three Seconds hits its target. I may have vaguely known that investigators use criminal elements to spur - if not enable - their efforts. Three Seconds by Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström, unknown edition, Ex-con Piet Hoffman, now a “covert human intelligence source” for the Stockholm police, is deeply implanted into the Polish Mafia. ** Even if you see the (multiple) ending(s) coming, you will be amazed by how Roslund and Hellström pull things off. Riding high on the wave of Scandinavian novels breaking on our shores, comes this first rate thriller from the award winning team of Roslund and Hellstrom. My review is of an uncorrected advance reading copy, so it is possible that changes may be made to the text before it is released in January 2011. Anders Roslund and Börge Hellströms latest crime novel Three Seconds is an intensely moving, explosive, and strong story. It details the relations between the Swedish police and the informants they use to help stem the rising tide of the Polish Mafia in Sweden. This latest example (the third in a series, following The Beast and Box 21) takes a very straightforward and familiar plot about an undercover operative working for the Swedish police, and manages to milk it for more than 400 pages of not particularly engaging prose. 100?) But they reckoned without the indefatigable Grens, intent on solving his case all unaware of the secret agenda. This book cover says it is the best book of the year. It’s an operation assigned by the police force. Three Seconds is a gripping tour de force from Sweden’s #1 bestselling crime writing duo Roslund & Hellström about a former criminal who goes undercover for the police to infiltrate an organized crime ring that controls the prison drug trade. 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