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Three Seconds by Anders Roslund
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Feb 08, 2011

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In this superb translation, Sweden's latest contribution to crime writing tackles some weighty subjects -- specifically, the nature of identity, the Swedish police force's use of civilians in its operations, and the safekeeping of its prisoners -- as it twists, turns, and hurdles towards its conclusion. Despite the intensity of its finale, however, Three Seconds is a novel to be savored, its multifaceted story line leisurely unfurling over the first 200 pages. The critics diverged over the novel's characters -- "complex" (USA Today) or "tiresome [and] vaguely flawed" (New York Times) --- but most agreed that Roslund and Hellstršm's gritty material, graphic style, and ingenious plotting combine to make Three Seconds a gripping, intelligent, and, above all, worthy successor to the works of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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