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Easy Money (The Stockholm Noir Trilogy #1)

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From one of Sweden’s most successful defense lawyers comes an unflinching look at Stockholm’s underworld, told from the perspective of the mob bosses, the patsies, and the thugs who help operate its twisted justice system.

JW is a student having trouble keeping up appearances in the rich party crowd he has involved himself with. He’s desperate for money, and when he’s offe...more
Hardcover, 469 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Pantheon (first published 2006)
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Tarin Towers
I almost never stop reading a book partway through, but 180 pages into this one I decided I was wasting my time. The narrative moves back and forth between three narrators, all of whom could be called anti-heroes, perhaps, except that I never found myself rooting for any of them. Either the writing or the translation has pretensions of slickness and with-it dialogue, but falls short, at least in English. When I read the part about a guy rewarding a "ho" with a complimentary haircut, i.e., "free...more
Mika Auramo
Dec 30, 2013 Mika Auramo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ruotsalaisista rikoskirjoista kiinnostuneille
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Lapiduksen nyky-Tukholmaan sijoittuva melko todentuntuinen rikosromaani lähestyy alamaailman hylkiöitä ja pomoja neljältä taholta.

Tapahtumia tarkastellaan Johan Westlundin elin JW:n, serbimafiosokapteenin Mradon, chileläissyntyisen vankikarkurin Jorgen sekä poliisin näkökulmista.

Alkusysäyksen tarinaan antaa JW:n sisaren katoaminen, joka johtaa veljen serbimafian jäljille. Johan on maalaispoika, joka haluaa päästä hengailemaan Stureplanin kulmille pohattojen kersojen kanssa. Samalla hän opiskele...more
I'll check out almost any translated crime fiction I come across, since the genre is often much better at providing a window into the everyday society of a place than more literary fiction. This Swedish thriller, however, proved to be an unimpressive, run-of-the-mill journey through an urban underworld, albeit Stockholm, as opposed to LA or NYC. The book follows three men: JW is a small-town Swede who has moved to the big city to reinvent himself as a college playboy, Jorge is a Latino cocaine h...more
This book is listed as yet another rival to Steig Larsen. This is at least the fifth book so advertised and by far the worst of the pretenders.. I am also a bit concerned that the author is listed as a criminal defense lawyer who represents some of Sweden's most notorious criminals. Really? The writing style is unusual and annoying starting sentences with verbs, run on sentences etc. The style is possibly intentionally manic, but disconcerting. There is nothing or no one to like associated with...more
-La delincuencia organizada tiene su propio submundo y sus propias reglas, igual que el subgénero que protagoniza.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Una mujer es secuestrada mientras hace deporte… Jorge Salinas Barrio está encarcelado por la traición de socios naturales de la antigua Yugoslavia en negocios ilegales y está planeando su fuga. Johan Westlund, más conocido como JW, es un muchacho que finge ser de una clase social a la que no pertenece mediante los ingresos generados por su trabajo e...more
Cindy Barnett
Typical Swede-read: sex, violence, cussing. Trying to emulate Americans they overdo. A v-e-r-y long read or listen in audiobook. Interesting, fast-forward button got work out but got thru it. Well read by Bruce Turk.
The blurb on the cover of Easy Money promises that it is a "thriller to rival the Stieg Larsson books."

Well, Easy Money is a thriller, and entertaining enough in its own right, but it definitely does not rival the Millennium Trilogy.

Easy Money tells the story three criminals: Mrado, a high-ranking member of a Serbian organized crime ring in Stockholm; Jorge, a lower-ranking cocaine dealer who, after being burned by Mrado, is plotting revenge against Mrado and the other Serbs whose actions put h...more
‘Snabba cash’ is a fast-paced story that manages to grab and hold your attention throughout. It uses the popular gimmick of situating the action in a real city (Stockholm) and describes in detail the streets, bars, etc. where the different scenes take place. This makes it easier to identify with the story, even for those among us not familiar with the world of extortionists and drug dealers. Another nice aspect of the story is the description of how one of the main characters, JW, sets up his mo...more
Ingrid Verschelling
"Snel Geld" is het eerste deel in de zogeheten "Stockholm Trilogie".

In sommige publicaties wordt Lapidus met Stieg Larsson en zijn milleniumtrilogie vergeleken. Dat klopt dus helemaal niet. Behalve dat beide verhalen zich in Stockholm afspelen, lijken de boeken verder weinig op elkaar. Lapidus is vele malen rauwer dan Larsson. Bovendien schrijft Lapidus geheel vanuit het perspectief van de 'slechteriken'.

Snel Geld speelt zich vooral af op en rond Stureplan in het hart van Stockholm. Het gaat o...more
Xavi Aznar
La novela transpira realismo en todas sus facetas: en los métodos delictivos de "trapicheo", del trato, venta y distribución de la droga, del mundo de la prostitución, del blanqueo de dinero, de la violencia... Pese a todo, la novela no ha conseguido engancharme.

El aspecto más destacable del libro es cómo se muestra la vida de los personajes más allá de sus actividades delictivas. En este tipo de libros la vida privada de los mafiosos sólo aparece como complemento de su faceta criminal: los amig...more
May 28, 2014 Banusha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like reading about organized crime and money
this book was not for me..

i liked some of the characters, but i didn't connect with them. and that, for me, is important in order to like a book.

the story dragged toooooooooo long, and then it suddenly ended. and i was all "wtf" when i read the last page. i experienced it as 500 pages of build up, 3 pages where shit actually happened, and then wtf. i wasn't too satisfied with the whole thing. but yet, it wasn't awful. it was okay, it was kind of interesting. i kept reading expecting a big endi...more
Jessica Lu
The author has been Sweden’s star author for crime stories in the past decade. He is a lawyer dealing with crime trials. The defending experience got him to see the real darkness in society that became his source material for writing.

In this novel, characters were all real and the plots were all also the real events. The novel carried on by three criminal characters separately and then intertwined into the final scene. It was very intensive and absolutely a splendid movie story (a movie has bee...more
Robert Hyman
La meg si det rett som det er: jeg er verken kul, eller hipp eller hett; og har aldri ønsket å være det. Jeg er også over 60; antakelig ca. 30 år eldre enn lesermålgruppen til Snabba Cash. Dette er en dårlig bok og det er synd fordi den kunne ha blitt bra. Jeg hater språket, jeg er såpass gammeldags at jeg forlanger alle setninger skulle inneholde både et subjekt og et verb. Jeg skjønner at det var kanskje forfatterens ønske; en slags litterært stil, men redaktøren burde ha satt en stopper på de...more
loved it. so engaging. I thought the writing style -- fragments, slang -- might be annoyingat first, but it made the book just tear along. I had no idea how it was going to come together and I loved that. and i, of course, loved all JW's label talk. such a great read.
Susie Vavasour
I generally love Scandinavian noir, but this was actually pretty boring. It's one of those books that reads as if the author had aspirations of getting it made into a movie as soon as possible. And guess what? It's a movie. I also wondered if it was a bad translation.
I would never have read this book (titled Easy Money in English) if I had not not had it as assigned reading for a university class.

I couldn't put it down. Written by a criminal defense lawyer, it gives what I regard as a highly credible account of organized crime in Sweden, esp. Stockholm. Though fiction, it tangents known persons and incidents in the past decades in such a way that it seems to confirm one's worst fears when reading the daily newspapers and listening to the newscasts and docume...more
Mike Arvela
A nice, entertaining no-brainer read with a high hooking factor yet little depth.
This is the first book ever that I read in MIKI format. I'm pretty sure that has something do with the fact I simply love this book.

I read this book quickly because I felt so excited about it.
Book contains nohting that I usually read: it's all about Stockholm's unerworld, mafia, drugs and easy money.

JW (Swedish) (or Johan) is a country boy who wants to belong to Stockholm's elite . He needs money to get in. For now, he buys his desinger clothes from flea market and goes to univeristy. He gets m...more
Adam  McPhee
I thought this book was brilliant. I guess the author is or was a criminal defence lawyer in Stockholm, the sort who's seen it all before. Not only is it a compelling story, but it's practically a guide on how to perform such criminal activities as:

-- Smuggling cocaine internationally. (You can grow cabbage or turnips around a plastic bag full of cocaine, then ship it as produce. Just don't be one of the knuckleheads who ends up losing millions of dollars worth of Peruvian marching powder by shi...more
Alain Dewitt
I really wanted to like this book. I had heard good things about it (and about the movie adaptation starring one of my favorite up-and-coming actors, Joel Kinnaman) and yet it fell short.

The plot was adequate. Nothing special, but serviceable (even if the twist at the end becomes pretty obvious about halfway through). The writing style is reminiscent of James Ellroy (one of my favorite authors). Something that would have been obvious with Lapidus' use of short, punchy sentences, without the Ellr...more
Martin Karlsson
This is a book that received a great deal of media coverage when it was released. I did however have a massive backlog of books I wanted to read before I was ready for this so it has been waiting for me for quite some time. This however gave me a chance to read it outside of the review spotlights taking out its toll on my perception of the book.

The story is about a young man hunting for the good life and fast cash in the coke driven parts of high society Stockholm. It is a crime/gangster drama s...more
Several reviews have called this book more like James Ellroy than Stieg Larsson, and I think they are right.

This is atypical Swedish noir, set in a Stockholm where thuggish immigrant drug gangs and their enforcers feed the appetites of the wealthy young glitterati for drugs and women, and a large scale police operation is set up to catch them. It is as speedy as a cocaine fuelled binge, and full of all the latest, hippest clubs, fast cars, hot designers and all night orgies.

Each of the three cro...more
The first part of Jens Lapidus' Stockholm crime trilogy, "Easy Money" suffers from an excess of style and a lack of substance. The novel looks at organized crime in Stockholm from three angles, that of an ex-con, mob henchman and up-and-coming dealer, but never do these characters become three dimensional. Lapidus' writing style is fast paced, snappy and witty but the story and its characters leave a lot to be desired. It's all just a bit dull. And a thriller that isn't thrilling, now t...more
Awful, terrible, horrible Chinese translation. Can’t concentrate on story itself. I should have quitted it as I started the first three pages a couple of days ago.
It’s a little bit too late to put it away since I've endured 288/504 pages. Will get it DONE maybe two more days. (June, 9)

Very bad translation makes the story worse.
"You were good since you didn't give it up though you flipped most pages until the end." I told myself.

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«Easy Money» leva-nos até Estocolmo, ou melhor, ao lado negro da sociedade sueca.
É neste mundo criminoso que ficamos a conhecer Mrado, Jorge e JW. Sim! - desta vez estamos do lado dos «maus da fita», temos acesso aos seus pontos de vista, motivos, discorrimentos lógicos e objectivos.
Numa concepção típica e estereotipada, Mrado seria o gigantone bárbaro (e aparentemente pouco inteligente) que parte tudo o que estiver numa distância imediata e atira...more
I had to read this book for a Swedish literature class at university, but already after a couple of pages, I decided this book was nothing for me. Perhaps I'm too girly to enjoy a book about cocaine dealing and beating eachother up?
However, I had bought this book and therefore decided to finish it. Now I have read it all, I can say that I still don't like this book: short sentences, predictable plot, cliché characters that didn't appeal to me in any way whatsoever. Whereas Stieg Larsson created...more
Every Scandinavian writer these days is called "the next Stieg Larsson", which is annoying. As much as I like Larsson's books, and would love to have seen what he might have done had he not died, it's really only possible to draw some surface comparisons between this book and Larsson's. Essentially, this book exposes a scandal that sweeps through several layers of society and "Swedes who should know better," but then, if that's the only comparison to Larsson, you may as well call it what it is:...more
Totally against my usual way of doing, I saw the movie to this book before I read it. And, I ust say, that seeing the move made me doubt whether I shoud read it al all.
Not read book that I bought (for me) is not done, so I started ayway. And I ust admt, that I liked the book better than the movie. The memory of the latter did not really last long, so it was almost like I read it 'like nothing happened before'.

I liked the book. It is mixing different storylines, characters who make deals and be...more
Joan García
Mi opinión respecto a este libro, es que sobran muchísimas paginas, te pasas prácticamente todo un libro conociendo los personajes, simplemente información y mas información que no te lleva a ninguna conclusión simplemente ver como es cada uno, encima a mi al menos, solo me resultaba interesante JW, por lo que era leer un capitulo interesante y dos que me dormía palabra a palabra, no obstante al final mejora considerablemente, puede que la segunda parte si esta mas sumergida en el mundo que mues...more
Hallelujah, it's been a long time since I completed a book , about 2 weeks, I think.
There are 3 protagonists in this book we are following. A Swedish JW, Chilean Jorge and Serbian Mrado, interlaced with another and vividly present at the Stockholm mafia scene. The story is very dynamic but word stingy.
There are a few facts considering the war at the Balkan which made my stomach clench.
It was, indeed a fast read ( not for me, but because I'm momentary in some kind of life crisis) and for bestse...more
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Jens Lapidus is a Swedish criminal defense lawyer and author, who made his writing debut in August 2006 with Snabba Cash. It is an account of the Stockholm underworld and the first of a planned trilogy called The Stockholm Noir Trilogy. Two years later the second installment, Aldrig Fucka Upp was published by Wahlström & Widstrand. A graphic novel with illustrator Peter Bergting (The Portent)...more
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