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The Andalucian Friend (Brinkmann Trilogy #1)

3.13 of 5 stars 3.13  ·  rating details  ·  1,513 ratings  ·  369 reviews
A Monumental International Crime Thriller That Brad Thor Calls "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Sopranos."

Enemies Are Everywhere

When Sophie Brinkmann—nurse, widow, single mother—meets Hector Guzman, her life is uneventful. She likes his quiet charm and easy smile; she likes the way he welcomes her into his family. She quickly learns, though, that his smooth faça
Hardcover, 446 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Crown (first published January 1st 2012)
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Tanja Berg
The WORST book ever to come out of Sweden! I had the "privilige" of reading this in what was *hopefully* an unedited version in Swedish. If that was anything to go by, this author cannot write. There is no plot. There is not one likeable character. This book does not have a single redeeming quality - unless the author (or editor for the English edition) rewrote the whole thing since I held this manuscript in my hands.

This is what I wrote to a friend about it after reading it 1,5 years ago (so yo
Elena (Gone Bookserk)

I am hosting a GIVEAWAY of an ARC copy of THE ANDALUCIAN FRIEND, it will end in less than twelve hours, so get your chance to win. Sandwich together 'a single mother widow with quiet charm and an uneventful life' between 'an international crime ring leader' and 'a war between rival global organization,' and you get The Andalucian Friend. A novel that will absolutely test your moral compass, entertain you with deadly obsessions, and take you on a road-map of gamesmanship.

It's at times long-winde
"The Andalucian Friend" by Alexander Soderberg

I was very disappointed with this book. I had read the exciting Prologue last year and was really looking forward to reading more, but oh dear! After the first 200 pages I nearly gave up on it altogether, and indeed only skim read the rest just in case it did finally begin to live up to the publisher's hype, but no ...

There are two problems with the book. Firstly there is only one character who shows any signs of humanity - but she (Sophie Brinkman,
Rita K
I hoped to like this much more than I did. I was expecting a really engrossing story with great characters. While Sophie and Jens were both engaging characters, I ended up asking what drew Sophie to her patient Hector in the first place. I did not understand his great appeal and did not see that she would necessarily get involved with him. It just did not ring true. Depicting nearly all the police characters as corrupt and manipulative made me question the plot. The policeman Lars was the most p ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I tried hard to stick with it, but it was just too confusing. I found myself dreading picking it up, because it was so much work trying to keep track of all the characters and plot threads.

There were some strange turns of phrase that left me shaking my head, wondering if it was the author's error or a translation problem.
For example: "...he and Inez kept bursting out laughing in Spanish."
Huh? How do you laugh in Spanish as opposed to, say, laughing in Swahili?

Patrice Hoffman
The Andalucian Friend is heralded as being the next best thing to come out of Sweden and it is being compared to the global phenomenon The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson. I for one don't see how they are similar besides the location of each title being in Sweden. With that being said, I move on to my review of The Andalucian Friend.

The Andalucian Friend begins with Sophie Brinkmann meeting a man named Hector Guzman in the hospital she is a nurse for. They begin a relationship outsi
Willo Font
Wow. double-expresso mocha-chino. If you like "La Reina Del Sur" by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte, or did the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson, then this ride is for you. Get some snacks and a comfy seat and enjoy. You won't regret it. There are no good vs. bad guys here. They are all bad . If someone writes a decent script to this book it would be a runaway blockbuster.
Luanne Ollivier
The Andalucian Friend is Alexander Soderberg 's debut novel.

Sophie Brinkmann is a widowed nurse, living a quiet life with her fourteen year old son Albert. She's a good nurse, often spending extra time with some of her patients. Hector Guzman is one of those. There's an attraction between the two and they continue meeting up after Hector is released from hospital. But, there is much more to Hector than meets the eye. He and his father head up a Spanish (Andalusia) crime family. They're in a dr
What a great read this is! It comes out in March 2013 and is the first in a planned trilogy. An ordinary nurse, mother of a teen boy, is unexpectedly caught up in the conflict between competing underworld factions in Sweden. I never really was sure who's good and who's bad but the characters are all very well drawn and I was very involved in their world. Another cool thing is that the nurse is in no way the all-too-typical victim. She takes charge when opportunities arise. Likewise, one of the c ...more
I usually judge how good a book is by the amount of time it takes to me to read the first 100 pages. Often I become distracted, wander off for coffee or snack raids to the kitchen or decide that yes, my apartment is a tip and needs tidying, leaving my book to one side to be picked up again later. Indeed, you could be forgiven for thinking, like me, that on initial inspection `The Andalucian Friend' would be a Scandinavian crime novel very much like any other Scandinavian crime novel but you woul ...more

Overall rating = 2 and 1/2 stars

The Andalucian Friend is a book that caught my interest because of its intriguing blurb and for the fact that it promised a tale of mayhem, crime and corruption. The story is set in the Scandinavian nation of Sweden and has quite a few POV characters. The prologue begins in midst of the novel's happenings and then we are shown how the characters meet namely Hector and Sophie. These are the two main characters around whom much of the story revolves.

This book has
Fack You
I could not even finish this book. Maybe I messed up on my part, but I had pretty high expectations for this book being called, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets the Sopranos". Please. There were so many things that made this book "unfinishable", I don't even know where to begin. But here it goes anyway:
1. The first thing I noticed about this book was that the writing was a little above 8th grade level. Meaning: this book reads as if it was written by a high school kid. Even in the first pa
Primeiro livro de uma trilogia, «Brinkmann», O Amigo Andaluz marca a estreia de Alexander Soderberg no nosso país.

É conhecido o meu gosto por policiais, sendo o policial nórdico uma descoberta cada vez maior. No entanto, este foi para mim uma complicada leitura, sobretudo ao início. Repleto de personagens, de diversos países, dei por mim, por diversas vezes, a folhear as páginas para o início do livro para me conseguir situar na história. Talvez por isso o demorei tanto a ler.

Opinião completa: h
Oh, boy. This was touted as a successor to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it doesn't come close. The author is a screenwriter and this has the feel of a screenplay. The action scenes were hard to follow and there were practically no characters to feel empathy for, except Sophie, although she seems a bit dead at the beginning. I think the author made a mistake not exploring her ties to Jens. This would have added some depth to her character and explained her loveless first marriage. There w ...more
Jacqueline Wagenstein
Казва се Софи Бринкман, моминско име Ланц. На пръв поглед няма нищо общо със Лисбет Саландер - създава впечатление на заможен човек, вероятно благодарение на наследството от съпруга си, от време на време се среща с приятелки, а понякога и с майка си.

Миналото й е непроницаемо, сигурно защото е чисто като сълза. Завършва средно образование без затруднения, една година учи по обмен в САЩ, няколко месеца се мотае из Азия, сменя 2-3 работи, преди да започне да следва за медицинска сестра.

После се зап
This is a solid thriller with some more complex characterizations that lift it out of the crime thriller genre into a more novelistic zone. Set in Sweden (think Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the author leaves us in sympathy with the crime family and despising the corrupt police who are trying to bring them down. This is all very enjoyable, although if you stop to think about the business of the crime family, they are really every bit as despicable. It is just that at the top the crime boss is su ...more
Η Σοφί Μπρίνκμαν και ο έφηβος γιος της Άλμπερτ βρίσκονται στο μάτι του κυκλώνα, δηλαδή στο στόχαστρο 3 διεθνών γκαγκστερικών ομάδων και μιας διεστραμμένης αστυνομικής ομάδας που δρα ανεξέλεγκτη. Το αποτέλεσμα της περιπέτειας είναι δραματικό και οι συγκρούσεις των ομάδων μεταξύ τους είναι αιματηρές και ιντριγκαδόρικες πολλές φορές σε σημείο μιας κωμικής αναπαράστασης.

Όλα ξεκινούν όταν η Σοφί γνωρίζει το Χέκτορ Γκουσμάν που νοσηλεύεται μετά από "τροχαίο" που προκάλεσε ο μαφιόζος Γερμανός αντίπαλός
Jean-Paul Adriaansen
A beginning friendship with a patient changes the lives of a widowed nurse and her son into a living hell.
Drug lords, weapon smugglers, over-active police enforcement, the good, the bad and the ugly. But the bad can be good and the good can be bad. Get ready for a roller coasting ride. Amazing thriller, super suspense ... and this is only the first in a trilogy.
Kenneth Fredette
Cops or robbers, who do you dislike? In this case it's the cops. They're worse then the bad guys. I stayed up late to finish the book, but I can see other books being written. It was weird reading because of the bad cops, or the Germans or the Russians. Take your pick. I would recommend this book to be read.
Apr 29, 2013 Jenny rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I literally could not tell you what happened in this book except that a lot of people died.
It all started with a hospital stay. Sophie, a nurse in the ward finds herself deeply attracted and drawn to the patient with the broken leg, finding excuses to go into his room even when she is no longer one his attending nurses. A relationship begins to build between Sophie and the patient, Hector, and she finds herself maintaining a relationship with him even when he is discharged. But just when Sophie begins to fall for Hector, finding happiness with him and his large family and associates, ...more
Sophie Brinkman, a nurse and single mother, is swept into the midst of a police investigation of an international crime ring and finds her attraction for the ringleader has disastrous consequences.

Sophie becomes acquainted with Hector Guzman while he’s her patient and is beguiled when he later invites her to his birthday party and then a poetry reading. Hector, whose cover is a legitimate publishing house, is embroiled in a turf war with a ruthless German gang.

The budding relationship between So
Apr 01, 2013 Beth marked it as could-not-finish
I'm not rating THE ANDALUCIANIN FRIEND because that wouldn't be fair--I didn't finish it. I couldn't. I read more than 100 pages, and it not only did not grab my attention; it was boring me to tears. I won this book from but am sorry I requested it.

One sign that a book billed as a thriller will not be thrilling is a preface that is a flash-forward scene. In my experience, a book begins this way when the subsequent chapters are boring. This kind of preface is a promise: even th
Bummer, cause I was really excited to read this one.

I almost stopped reading this book a few times. It's over 450 pages long and I didn't really feel like I cared about any of the characters until I was at least 200 pages in. I felt like there were probably more peripheral characters than necessary and not many great storytelling devices to tell them apart.

The story centers around Sophie Brinkmann, a nurse who winds up in the middle of an investigation into a violent organized crime ring. It see
Feb 03, 2014 Karen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Seriously, I'm getting mighty tired of crappy books comparing themselves to great books in order to make money.

This book was VERY poorly translated for one.

"Her cell phone buzzed anxiously on the counter."

"A car horn sounded anxiously."

Those two gems appear on the same page.

"Wondering where all the small talk was leading. He realized."


My personal favorite was "If I remembered rightly."

These lines and many others stopped me cold.

The characters are cliché and cardboard. Sophie is an idiot.
Paul Lunger
Alexander Soderberg's "The Andalucian Friend" is a thriller/suspense novel that's one of the more highly anticipated novels of the year. The story set in Stockholm opens with a bang in a shooting & revolves around the lives of Sophia Brinkman & Hector Guzman. She ends up involved in a world of drug trafficking & then some in an international trade that spans 4 countries. Soderberg's story to be honest is downright boring with characters that I honestly don't care about. The majority ...more
Ron S
The first in a trilogy, this Scandinavian crime thriller revolves around a nurse caught up in the investigation of an international crime ring. The wide cast of characters and multiple plot threads can be confusing at times and the suspense builds very slowly; readers that allow themselves the right to not finish a book might find themselves doing just that. For those that persist, the last quarter of the book is very suspenseful once the plot is sorted and the reader has become invested and int ...more
Would I have liked it better if the reviews hadn't praised it so much? Maybe. It's not going to replace Girl with... as my top Swedish crime thriller. Complex characters--and a lot of them--all flawed in some way and the police mostly worse than the crime lords; an overfull plot with lots of dangling plot lines, perhaps to be tied up in the projected next 2 volumes; a long set up which slows the pace somewhat, for me at least; gritty, dangerous tone. The heroine, Sophie Brinkman, never quite cau ...more
Jane Brant
First book of the new year...what a bust! Scanty plot dressed up in over-compensating violence with ho-hum characters all dragged on and on for 500 plus pages.
I struggled through almost half of this book. I honestly feel like Stieg Larsson started a whole new genre - Scandanavian crime unreadable. It features unlikeable characters, formulaic plot twists, super clunky English (admittedly, that is a translation issue) to ultimately lead us to uninteresting endings. Just because he (SL) had the good luck to come up with Lisbeth Salander, we all have to now put up with all the coffee-drinking, sandwich-eating, IKEA-shopping, driving-through-Stockholm-ment ...more
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Alexander Söderberg has worked as a television screenwriter and lives in the countryside in the south of Sweden with his wife and children. The Andalucian Friend is his first novel.
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