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Box 21 (Grens & Sundkvist #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,507 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
The International Thriller that Stockholm City hailed as the Best Crime Novel of the Year has finally crossed the Atlantic!
Three years ago, Lydia and Alena were two hopeful girls from Lithuania. Now they are sex slaves, lured to Sweden with the promise of better jobs and then trapped in a Stockholm brothel, forced to repay their “debt.†Suddenly they are given an unexp
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Hardcover, 393 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Sarah Crichton Books (first published 2005)
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Amra Serdarevic The plot itself is standalone, but there are several books which feature the same character Detective Ewert Grens.

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Tony
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Roslund, Anders, and Hellstrom, Borge. BOX 21. (2009). **. Hailed by many critics as the new thriller-blockbuster from Sweden, I got the feeling that it was a paint by numbers book assembled by two writers who only had bright day-glo colors to work with. The book is written in a hop-scotch style that revels in scenes of macabre sex and domination, and the investigation put on by a team of Swedish police is directed by flashbacks of the chief investigator of an accident that left his wife paralyz ...more
Nancy Oakes
Having read somewhere that fans of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo would also like this book, I picked it up. It's nothing like Stieg Larsson's book at all. In his novel, there's a mystery to be had as well as a strong heroine who lives by her own inner sense of morality and never wavers. Here, what you've got is a police procedural, a story of revenge and betrayal, and at its heart, an ethical and moral dilemma. That's not to say that this isn't a good book (it is), but it's a different animal alto ...more
Brad Hodges
This novel centers around the trafficking of sex workers from the Baltic states to Sweden, which is apparently a big problem, as it seems to pop up in a lot of Swedish crime novels (and was the subject of a harrowing film called Lilya-4-Ever). Though I found this book tautly written and difficult to predict, it's awfully bleak.

The Russian mob does a nice business by hoodwinking young girls, with the promise of high-paying jobs, into leaving their humble origins in Russia or the Baltic states and
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Maddy
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
PROTAGONIST: Detec. Ewert Grens
SETTING: Stockholm
RATING: 4.5

It’s really disheartening to think of the thousands (millions?) of women’s lives that have been destroyed by the sex slave industry. BOX 21 takes us deep into that world by focusing on the situation of two Lithuanian women who were forced into sex slavery in Sweden. The book tells their story in a very straightforward manner. The wrongs that they have to endure are heartrending. Locked into an apartment for three years and forced to ser
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Yvonne
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmmm, not so much. A thriller set in Stockholm. The main character is a detective superintendent who, 30 years earlier, watched his partner, also the love of his life get gunned down. She lived, and resides in a facility where she is cared for, and has the brain function of a baby. She does not know Grens, her former lover. But he spends his entire life mourning her loss, alienating everyone in his life except the other police officer who was at the scene. They form a strong bond and friendshi ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Silly, run-of-the-mill thriller "spiced" with sex and gruesome violence. Skip in favor of almost anything.

On a side note, the writers of this one said in an interview in Sweden's largest newspaper that the fact that a number of police procedural authors were collaborating on books nowadays were because of...them(!) Apparently, in their minds, they invented the method in 2004. Just to mention the most blatant counter argument; Maj Sjöwall & Wahlöö Per - 10 groundbreaking, defining novels, kic
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Dalila.
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Although the book is touted as having many plot twists and turns, I was able to see virtually all of them coming from a long way away. However, because of the interactions between the characters and the generally good writing, this did not affect my enjoyment as it might have in a more simplistic or less-well written book. The book is dark and somewhat graphic in many of it's descriptions and depictions, but given the subject matter, I don't see how that could be easily avoided. There is no real ...more
Dustin Manning
Jan 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Dustin by: Library Journal
not very well written AT ALL.. not "bound to please fans of Stieg Larsson" because Steig Larssons characters jump off the page, you feel for them, understand them, care for them worry for them hate them. Box 21 is such a disappointment. These characters are so one dimensional that their actions do not make sense, and not in the artsy "well humans are complex creatures and do not always make complete sense". It's just simply poorly written.
Bridget
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a really long time. I liked everything about it, the writing style, the characters, everything was perfect. This would be the perfect gift for the reader in your life.
Maddy
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
RATING: 4.5

It’s really disheartening to think of the thousands (millions?) of women’s lives that have been destroyed by the sex slave industry. BOX 21 takes us deep into that world by focusing on the situation of two Lithuanian women who were forced into sex slavery in Sweden. The book tells their story in a very straightforward manner. The wrongs that they have to endure are heartrending. Locked into an apartment for three years and forced to service at least a dozen men each day, Lydia Grajaus
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Alipeli
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hlavní hrdinkou tohoto románu je Lydia Grajaukas, která byla pod slibem zaměstnání a svobody přepravena z Litvy do Švédska (Stockholmu). Ale ukázalo se, že byla další obětí překupnictví s bílým masem a koupil ji pasák jménem Dimitrij. Když si Lydia po letech bokem něco ušetří, vždy za extra služby si řekla něco na víc, odmítne dále dělat kurvu. Dimitrij ji za to zbije do bezvědomí, ale s podezřením na domácí násilí do bytu vtrhne policie.


V Södermalmské nemocnici, ve které právě Lydia leží, se n
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Dimitris Passas
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
''Αυτή η ντροπή είναι μεγαλύτερη από οτιδήποτε άλλο. Αυτό το τίμημα δεν είναι κανένας διατεθειμένος να το πληρώσει. Μια απομόνωση της οποίας η διάρκεια είναι παντοτινή'' (Σελ. 437)

Κάθε βιβλίο των Roslund kai Hellstrom που διαβάζω με αφήνει στο τέλος με μια πικρή αίσθηση, τα φινάλε των σκοτεινών ιστοριών τους δεν προσφέρουν κανενός είδους κάθαρση, δεν μπορούμε να μιλήσουμε για δικαίωση του θυματος και τιμωρία του θύτη και αυτό συμβαίνει επειδή σε όλο το βιβλίο το εξαιρετικό, σουηδικό συγγραφικό δ
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Booklover Butterfly
Crime novels are generally not something that holds a lot of interest for me, but I have to admit that I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Box 21 deals with human trafficking and sexual slavery, so trigger warning for those who might have sensitivities to those subjects. The chapters were short and alternated between the perspectives of several characters which kept the pacing fast. I liked characters' who had perspective chapters where not just the main detectives (Ewert Grens and Sven Sundkvist) b ...more
Shawn Towner
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book filled with frustrating characters, sensationalistic themes, and a masterfully constructed plot. Box 21 tells the story of Swedish police investigating a hostage/murder-suicide incident at a hospital. The perp is a young girl who has been kept as a sex slave for three years. The police have to uncover the dark secrets of modern slavery and sexual abuse, while struggling with the ethical behaviour of their own force. The blurb on the cover compares the novel to Stieg Larsson's Millenium tr ...more
Stacia
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Ellie
The Vault (in my translation, Box 21) by Anders Roslund is the second in a series following the gritty cases of hard-core police detectives Gresn & Sundkvist. There is passion but no sentimentality in this police procedural about a young girl kidnapped from Vilnius and forced into prostitution who seeks vengeance and the vengeance Detective Grens seeks on the man who destroyed the life of fellow detective (and love of his life) Anni, 20 years earlier.

The story is often sordid, filled with ju
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Anthony
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Swedish mystery set in a similar style as Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy. What is it with these Swedish mystery writers that makes their novels so gruesome and gritty? Is it the long, cold, dark winters? This was indeed a gruesome book, but well worth reading. The authors explore a seamy side of Swedish culture that I for one, was not aware of, and that is the sex slave business in Sweden, run mostly by Russian and Lithuanian mobsters. But it was also the rich characterization of the ...more
Blanca
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh,dear! So much for justice! Why is it that one wants the criminal meet their comeuppance and feels truly disappointed when it is not so? This novel is too near to the truth in its rawness and leaves you with despair on the system.
Hans
Jan 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book, but it was just too heavy-handed and predictable. The social issue though is shocking, disturbing, and very sad.
Jennifer S
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read another of Roslund's books over the summer and Skip suggested I read this one (earlier story with same police detectives). Good writing, if a little grisly on subject material.
Marcel Kupka
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rozjezd pomalý... ale vypadá to dobře.

Dočteno, jsem plný dojmů... Nebál bych se Box 21 přirovnat ke Spasiteli Jo Nesba - i tady čtenář celou dobu něco předpokládá a nakonec ho autor docela slušně na samotný závěr překvapí.

Přidám recenzi:


Lydia je kurva. Litevská kurva, aby bylo jasno. Kurva z donucení. To mají muži ve Švédsku rádi. Holka, kterou můžeš ponížit, chutná jinak než emancipovaná Švédka. Trvá to už tři roky. Dost dlouho na to, aby Lydia znala úchylky stálých zákazníků. Ví, kdo si rád
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Amra Serdarevic
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The book describes human trafficking, prostitution, and their consequences. Although some details are disturbing they still make you wonder about this problem, especially when you realize it could be happening in the apartment in the apartment next to yours. They prey on young girls (16, 17 years) who live in poor areas and promise them they can earn a lot in a big city. What happened to Lydia Grajauskas and her friend is also happening to many other girls just like them. That's why neither Ewer ...more
Hitomi
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 北欧
このシリーズは、過剰暴力の描写がいいですね。
日本でも相当ひどいことが行われてると思いますが、北欧は素敵!じゃないとんでもなく病んでるのが、伝わります。
ただ、帯がよくない。
ラスト3行が、って書くから、読めちゃったジャン。今回も正解したよ。誰でも正解すると思うけど。
余計なことは書かないでいただきたい。
ラスト3行よりも、3年前の話になる直前の、スヴェンに裏切られた感のほうが心に痛いです。
シリーズ続くようで何より。
Milka
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: knihobeznik
Začiatok mal pomalý rozbeh. Spôsob spracovania sa mi nepáčil...
Linnea
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastiskt bra svensk thriller. Lästips!!
Christelle
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Had a great time reading this book and will see if I can find more titles from these authors.
Angel
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark. Disturbing, but well written.

This is a dark look at the sex trade. While I enjoyed the book it will stick with me for a long time.
Borghildur Sigurbergsdottir
Ekta glæpasaga
Jody
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
not a brilliant translation but good read and i guessed the twist. 4*
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Anders Roslund is a Swedish author and journalist. He is the founder and former head of Kulturnyheterna (Culture News) on SVT, Sweden's national television broadcaster. For many years he worked as a news reporter – specializing in criminal and social issues – and as an Editor-in-chief at Rapport and Aktuellt, the two major News programmes on SVT.

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