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Cell 8 (Grens & Sundkvist #3)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,444 ratings  ·  194 reviews

Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens of THREE SECONDS returns in a riveting mystery that centers on perhaps the most controversial subject in the modern criminal justice system: the death penalty.
In Ohio, seventeen-year-old John Meyer Frey rots on Death Row for the brutal murder of his girlfriend. The victim's
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by SilverOak (first published 2006)
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Nancy Oakes
I do hate the inflexible star-rating procedure here ... I would give this book a 3.75 (like it, didn't love it) but here it's a 4. And this is the short review; if you want a longer one, click here.

Sliding in between the Roslund-Hellstrom writing duo's Box 21 and their award-winning Three Seconds at number three in the Ewert Grens series, Cell 8 is by far much different than anything else these authors have yet produced. For one thing, a great deal of the action takes place in the U.S.; for ano
In a cell in Ohio on death row sits John Meyer Frey for the brutal murder of his girlfriend, after a decade of being there he suddenly dies in his cell, leaving the victims father and a grieving angry nation without retribution.
Six years later a singer on a cruise ship in Sweden is arrested for assault and the case is given to Ewert Grens and his team, the real mystery starts when they find that the man in the cell doesn’t exist.
During the course of investigating the Swedish case evidence arises
Luanne Ollivier
Roslund and Hellström's first novel, Three Seconds, hit bestseller lists in their native Sweden and in the US.

Their latest book, Cell 8, opens in the US - in a prison on death row. John Meyer Frey was sentenced to death at 17, for a murder he says he didn't commit.

On the other side of the world in Sweden, John Schwartz assaults another man. He is remanded to jail, but his reaction to being locked up is unsettling. John knows..."He had to get away from there. He couldn't face dying again."

The ca
I was very excited to read this, and really was disappointed. Usually I like this duo's crime-with-a-social conscious style, but this time I felt like I was being preached to. While I liked the developments in the private lives of the detective team, I didn't find John Frey to be as likeable as those in the books. I know that the writers take liberty with facts to prove make their statements about social issues, but I felt that they took it too far in this case. Like why pick Ohio for the execut ...more
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PROTAGONIST: Inspector Ewert Grens
SETTING: Stockholm, Sweden, and US
SERIES: #3 translated
RATING: 3.25

At the age of seventeen, John Meyer Frey was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Elizabeth Finnigan. He has been on death row in the Ohio prison system for several years. He has always proclaimed his innocence, but to no avail. Now he spends his time dealing with the inner clock that ticks off the time until his death. He has an unlikely ally in the senior corrections officer, Vernon Eriksen,
Jan 16, 2012 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
In reading this book it seems that it is about John Meyer Frey, a seventeen year old convicted of the murder of his sixteen year old girlfriend as he waits on death row and the countdown to his death. The story hightlights the question of the death sentence as an act of justice or an act of retribution and questions the absolute truth, of 'an eye for an eye' with those who agree and advocate the death sentence as a just sentencing. Yet these are cowardly people; they never have to take their vie ...more
Ken Eveleigh
Roslund & Hellstrom like to come at a story sideways. You never know quite where they are headed in the first 25-50 pages but you know from previous experience that if you stick with it just a bit longer you will be rewarded with an interesting tale. Cell 8 is no exception. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, came close with the ending, but they still pulled off a coup. This is a story about the death penalty in the United States, a slightly incredulous escape from a maximum se ...more
Wow. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Pretty intense and incredible plot. The authors are from Sweden and have won awards for past titles. I talked about this at a book club that I go to as we were discussing the issue of guns and the death penalty. A young man is on death row in Ohio. In Sweden, a fellow is caught and charged with a crime. The two worlds end up intersecting, with the issue of the death penalty and the rightness/wrongness of it (and the issue of wrong co ...more
I won an advance reading copy of Cell 8 by Roslund & Hellstrom through goodreads. Exellent book!! It was so great to read a story with a unique plot. Altough the story is about the faultiness of the death penalty, I think any reader would enjoy it no matter what their person view. There is no preaching.

Some of the character development and their relationships seem to have no bearing on the story, but I enjoyed them just the same. For example, while Grens' relationship with his wife was touc
This book had a great plot: opponents of capital punishment smuggle a wrongly convicted man out of prison in Ohio prior to his execution. When he is arrested for attempted murder/aggravated assault of a drunken lout on a ferry crossing into Stockholm, Detective Ewert Grens has to figure out who he is. There was even a good political battle as to whether Sweden would capitulate and extradite a man in contravention of its policy against capital punishment; however, Sweden and Grens both wimp out, ...more
Minty McBunny
After 200+ pages, I still couldn't make heads or tails of it & couldn't be arsed to keep trying.
Charlene Intriago
It's a riveting read - not as thrilling as "3 Seconds" - not as dark as "Box 21" - but keeps you reading as fast as you can to see what happens next. It is #3 in the Ewert Grens series and should be read before "3 Seconds" if you have that one on your TBR shelf just for chronological continuity. There's a lot of food for thought about the criminal justice system in this one and the author does a great job weaving it into the plot. One of the things I like best about this author is that he always ...more
This pair's Three seconds is gripping. Cell 8 left me uneasy, unfulfilled, feeling just a bit cheated. Yes, this novel too was gripping, but the plot evolved past of the point of being believable. The point is that in applying the death penalty we make terrible mistakes. Grisham makes the point in The Confession, and he does so in a way I could take at face value. I imagine I'll read the next one by Roslund & Hellstrom (even though I have sworn off Scandinavian murder mysteries), and my expe ...more
Originally, I didn't plan to read this book. I'm a bit short on time, so I'm trying to keep my TBR list as small as possible. However, my Mom persuaded me to give it a shot. She quite liked the character of Ewert Grens, so I figured I should see for myself whether or not I will be picking up new Roslund&Hellstrom titles.

Death penalty is more than just a leitmotiv here, it's the main theme of the book, especially as the plot goes on. I understand that the authors are staunchly against the de
Nov 14, 2014 D rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: folks looking for a cold-weather thriller who are willing to put up with imperfection
strong two stars, but too many weak spots to rate higher than that for me.

a quirky, interesting set of characters populates the story, but, as with another imported scandinavian thriller i just finished, the translation needed some smoothing to not sound jangly and awkward, especially where the dialogue was concerned. the concept of the plot was audacious, but there were WAYYYYYYY too many hail mary passes perfectly lobbed and expertly caught for me to settle into the tale, trust the authors, an
Wendy Cosin
Roslund & Hellstom's latest is very different from the wildly exciting Three Seconds. It is much more quiet in exploring death penalty points of view through an interesting story of an American captured in Sweden. I found there to be too much repetition about Ewert Grens' relationship with his wife, although I understand that it is a central part of his character. I enjoyed it, but still think back to how much I loved Three Seconds.
Helena (Renchi King)
Ako volite ovaj žanr...imate moje istaknute preporuke!Ovo mi je prva knjiga od dvojca novinar-bivši zatvorenik.Eto,dva pisca,svaki iz svog kuta gledišta izvrsno "sklope" priču,profiliraju likove.
Ova knjiga nema dosadnih dijelova,nema nepotrebnih opisa,uvoda,razmišljanja..sve jasno-koncizno.
Započinje sa prikazom glavnog junaka Johna u svojo ćeliji (naravno br.8),u odjelu osuđenih na smrt,u državi Ohio.
Vrijeme do smrtne kazne se odbrojava,njegova razmišljanja o vremenu su zapanjujuća...on nam ,na
Grens is back with his team. They become involved with an American who is suppose to be dead and was on Death Row. This book brings up the difference in views of the death penalty. Grens team has the compassion for this man and his plight. This book is just as thrilling and fast paced as the last book Three Seconds.
Jul 08, 2014 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Cell 8 is the second book I have read by this writing duo; 3 Seconds was the first. I enjoyed the latter much more.

I won't summarize the plot for the umpteenth time. The main thing I disliked was the authors' blatant distaste for the death penalty. Their arguments did nothing to either add to the story or to encourage the reader to abandon their stance if they are for the death penalty. Nothing. Instead, their pushiness was irritating at best, obnoxious at worst.

The characters were decent enou
Was het eerste boek wat ik van dit duo heb gelezen en ik ben zeer onder de indruk. Geeft goed weer hoe het er aan toe gaat in een gevangenis. Alleen dacht ik wel van die persoon dat hij een dommerik was, dat hij weer de fout in is gegaan, en hoe het eindigd, lees het boek dan maar.
Ana-Maria Bujor
I've received three crime novels written by Nordic authors for free when ordering something else. I did not expect much, but the first two were good entertainment. This one however was so much more. Maybe it hit me more because I've studied wrongful convictions in three courses and watched a lot of stories about the death penalty. So I felt this book was very humane in its approach - it shows the suffering of being on death row, it shows that death penalty supporters can actually be very nice pe ...more
Started off with a bang and I do understand the message. It got a little muddled towards the end, but it kept my interest and could've read it in a day, but took 2 days. I will read other books by these 2 authors!!!!!
Roslund & Hellstrom construct a smart and conscientious look at the modern penal system and create so much tension around what is at its heart a question of morality. Highly recommended.
An excellent thriller and an excellent plea against death penalty. One can give very little away without making telling everything. What the sleeve notes tell already is the following: A man is arrested in Sweden for an assault. The investigation shows that he used a false identity. He appears to be a convicted murderer who died during his stay in Dath Row in Ohio, USA. The questions that come up, and are answered, include the following: How can a dead man show up alive? Is it possible to escape ...more
Mike Cruden
This book is well written but suffers from a few fatal flaws. The first is that the main protagonist, another Scandinavian detective, is quite interesting but is not as interesting or quirky or as much as a maverick as the other two Scandinavian detectives, Wallander and Hole. The second is that this is a book written around an issue, the death penalty, rather than the issue arising and being developed through the story. The third is that the basic plot of the story is very dodgy: if you at all ...more
Anti-capital punishment polemic (almost) with some extremely unexpected twists and turns that I gets the point across very well, I think.
Ännu en riktigt bra bok av R & H. Som tur var är denna inte lika obehaglig som Odjuret men den var minst lika bra!
Not as good as 3 Seconds but still really enjoyable.
Gail Strickland
Even better than "3 Seconds" by the same authors.
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Anders Roslund is a Swedish author and journalist. He is the founder and former head of Kulturnyheterna (Culture News) on SVT, Sweden's national television broadcaster. For many years he worked as a news reporter – specializing in criminal and social issues – and as an Editor-in-chief at Rapport and Aktuellt, the two major News programmes on SVT.

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Other Books in the Series

Grens & Sundkvist (6 books)
  • The Beast (Grens & Sundkvist #1)
  • The Vault (Grens & Sundkvist #2)
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