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Three Seconds by Anders Roslund
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Dec 01, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2010

I really enjoyed the book - the plotline was very good; I had difficulty putting it down. From Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Several people in key government positions knew that something wrong was being done and they chose to allow it. The evil, or wrong, in this case is government officials’ trampling on the rights of individuals, violating the laws passed by the people. It is a common case: people in organizations (not just government agencies, but corporations and other group environments) will allow what may at the time seem a small transgression or a deviation for the greater good. Why? Perhaps it is to ‘go along to get along’ or ‘not rock the boat’ or just easier rather than for personal gain. Whatever the rationale, the ethical framework weakens and allows more such transgressions and deviations – to the point where evil does triumph.Although set in a police, prison, and crime milieu, this type of behavior, this weakening of ethical frameworks is common to many organizations and individuals. In one character, on the other hand, the authors seems to be showing that the corollary to Burke’s statement is true: when good men do something, evil fails.

To me, this is much more hopeful.....

This was a pre-publication, advanced reading copy. The editorial staff has a bit of work to do yet with inserting missing words, some transitions, and the like. These distracted from the reading, but not from a great crime story.

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