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Easy Money (The Stockholm Noir Trilogy #1)

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  3,511 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
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 off
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Hardcover, 469 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Pantheon (first published 2006)
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Dimitris Passas
Nov 14, 2016 Dimitris Passas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Μια ακόμη φρέσκια και λεπτομερής ματιά στον κόσμο του οργανωμένου εγκλήματος από σκανδιναβό συγγραφέα, πιο συγκεκριμένα τον Jens Lapidus, ποινικολόγο δικηγόρο στο επάγγελμα και μάλιστα από τους πιιο επιτυχημένους στη Σουηδία. Το γεγονός αυτό και η επαφή με ένα πληθός ατόμων που απαρτίζουν την ''αφρόκρεμα'' της μαστροπείας, της προστασίας και της μεγαλεμπορίας κοκαίνης που συνεπάγεται η δουλειά του, κάνει το βιβλίο του Lapidus να σφύζει από ζωντάνια και τους χαρακτήρες του να μην είναι μονοδιαστα ...more
Joe
May 01, 2012 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Alberto Delgado
Tras el éxito los libros de Larsson y su serie millenium llegó un diluvio de novelas negras desde todos los países nórdicos que inundaron las librerías. En ese momento aparece la trilogía negra de Estocolmo creada por Lapidus dónde retrata los bajos fondos que controlan todos los negocios sucios en la supuesta idílica capital sueca. Como parte positiva destaco que no es la tipica novela negra en la que tengamos que descubrir al asesino al estilo de christie como sucede en este tipo de novelas. L ...more
Ronja
A crime novel from three perspectives about the cocain business in Stockholm.
I mean, it was alright. Exciting at times but could have more of that, the last 50 pages was where it really picked up which was way too late in my opinion. Too long, the cash was neither easy nor fast since it took the author almost 500 pages to get there.
Zack
Aug 11, 2013 Zack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, så jävla bra. Lapidus är ett jävla geni.
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
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Tony
Dec 29, 2012 Tony rated it it was ok
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
Mika Auramo
Jul 28, 2011 Mika Auramo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ruotsalaisista rikoskirjoista kiinnostuneille
Shelves: rikos, nautintoaineet
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
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Stijn
Mar 26, 2012 Stijn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
Vegantrav
Apr 19, 2012 Vegantrav rated it liked it
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
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Alain Dewitt
Jul 24, 2012 Alain Dewitt rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
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Nadja
Jul 02, 2016 Nadja rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I doubt that I will ever finish reading this book. To start with I read the german translation which by all means could be better. But this isn't the worst. I love crime and thriller but only and really only when the book makes clear that being criminal is nothing good and nothing anyone should want to achieve. I couldn't believe that this book shall be written by a lawyer and highly wondered how he could forward something like this. The crimes committed get explained in detail by the criminals ...more
Olethros
-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
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Erik Saenz
Dec 02, 2014 Erik Saenz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es el primer libro del genero que leo y lo amé. El estilo narrativo del autor es bastante singular, con frases cortas y concisas, ademas de que todo esta contado desde la perspectiva de los "villanos". Vemos toda la organización de la mafia y como es la vida de los mismos dentro y fuera del negocio. Me agrado que este narrado por 3 personajes diferentes cuyas historias están entrelazadas. Es un libro largo pero no cansa ya que nunca llega a ser tedioso. El final me pareció un poco acelerado y fa ...more
Cindy
Apr 23, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nella
Feb 06, 2016 Nella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh, it was okay. Intresting but kind of lacking in plot, with multifaceted but unsympathetic characters.

Full review in Swedish here
Kdunbier
Jun 22, 2013 Kdunbier rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 08, 2012 Susie Vavasour rated it it was ok
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.
Noora
Apr 17, 2016 Noora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Boring. Pointless. Would not recommend unless Nordic Noir, organised crime and mafia plots are your thing.
Marju
Jul 02, 2015 Marju rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great summer read!
Mike Arvela
Nov 07, 2010 Mike Arvela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
A nice, entertaining no-brainer read with a high hooking factor yet little depth.
Jordan McPeek
Dec 18, 2016 Jordan McPeek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audiobook
It sounded like something I should like: lengthy tale of three different criminals who travel in different circles in Stockholm. Too bad I soon starting dreading having to listen to more of it. So slow, so full of unnecessary details, so not interesting. And I can't quite put my finger on why. An outline of the book would look good. Each of the main characters has a little niche of their own that gradually, very gradually gets intertwined with the others by the end. Maybe it's just the length. C ...more
Marc
Dec 26, 2016 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bureau
Boring..Sorry. The very disturbing use of slang language. Short unfinished sentences etc ...makes reading uneasy and so the pleasure of the plot gets lost ...
Caryatid
Mar 21, 2017 Caryatid rated it did not like it
This book is so bad in so many ways. Style of writing, slipshod narrative and utterly uninteresting characters. Do I need to read about yet more druggies and criminals? No.
Marko Suomi
Ihan ok, vauhdikasta menoa suhteelliseen kyynisellä otteella. Sellainen kevytversio James Ellroyn kirjoista, mutta ei lähelläkään sitä intensiteettiä. Ei ole reilu vertailu mutta koska tyyli oli paljolti suoraa kopiota niin vaikea välttää.
Wilma ^
Mar 24, 2017 Wilma ^ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
3/10
Alec Brososky
Nov 13, 2014 Alec Brososky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how anyone could not give this book at least 4 stars. This is one of the first noir books I've read in a long while and it was a delight. I have already ordered the second one and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.

To begin with, Jens Lapidus is a Swede. As an American reading a translated version, it was interesting to lock on to some strange words that I have trouble pronouncing. There are some thrown around such as blatte (cockroach) and others as well.

Lapidus' writing in my opini
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Hans
May 01, 2016 Hans rated it really liked it
Epilogue: It seems like every Swedish book published after Stieg Larsson's trilogy tries to sneak in a blurb about how [insert author's name] is the new Stieg Larsson. Spoiler alert - if you go in looking for Stieg Larsson, you are going to be disappointed. Yes, of course the book world wants to find the next Stieg Larsson. They made snabba cash from his books. Seriously, piles of kale. But, in the end Stieg Larsson is the only Stieg Larsson. If an author tries to get too close to his books, the ...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
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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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