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Snabba cash

(The Stockholm Noir Trilogy #1)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  4,322 ratings  ·  256 reviews
JW är Stureplanskillen som säljer kokain på de hetaste inneställena. Han gör vad som helst för att nå dit han vill.

Jorge är latinon som kan allt om koks och som går i land med en osannolikt tjusig rymning från Österåkeranstalten. Ingen kan k-branschen bättre än han.

Mrado sköter indrivning åt bossen Radovan. Han drömmer om ett bra liv för sig och sin dotter, men det ligger
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 23rd 2007 by Månpocket (first published 2006)
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Joe
May 01, 2012 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
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.
Tony
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
Ash Gawain
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the early 2000s, the ‘Easy Money’ could also be called ‘The Good, The Bad, and the Weird’, or even ‘The Swede, the Serb and the Latinos.’
Jens Lapidus follows the lives of three protagonists of the Stockholm underworld, whose main drivers in life is the quest for easy cash. As a lawyer, Lapidus knows his subject, and the reader will learn how to smuggle cocaine, launder money (from beginner level to expert), or even how to escape from a Swedish jail.
His lens captures an interestingly wide
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Stijn
Mar 26, 2012 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
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 (fit-and-beautiful-heart-reads)
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
Kdunbier
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cindy
Apr 23, 2014 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.
Susie Vavasour
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.
Nella
Feb 06, 2016 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
Mike Arvela
Nov 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction
A nice, entertaining no-brainer read with a high hooking factor yet little depth.
Noora
Apr 17, 2016 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.
Mads Olavsbråten
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Read the Norwegian translation.
Ben
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for Swedish crime trilogies. This looked interesting and I gave it a try. Very heavy on the criminal underworld from various perspectives but a intriguing read anyway.
Jordan McPeek
Dec 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, crime
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
Laura M Hecht
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title in the English translation is Easy Money.
I listened to the audio version. The reader was a good match for this book. He made the writing come alive. It takes awhile for a clear “protagonist” to emerge, but I was pleased with the choice. Although most of the characters’ negative characteristics far outweighs the positive (brutality, disloyalty, etc), the character development was such that most important ones were drawn in three dimensional complexity, and with whom we sympathize on occasio
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Bojan
May 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well...To be honest,I almost wanted to stop reading even after 50 pages because Lapidus tends to describe certain non important things to details,like how somebodys kitchen is looking out,or how some young lad-to make it short-if you are going to describe a sex scene into such details how JW di... was looking when he was having an orgasm..I mean hold on ! I am not willing to read a porno!
Lapidus writing did not impressed me,I had far better hopes because of the storyline and mafia.I even bought
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Sabina
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
2,5/5 stars

I was really close to dnf this book a few times. The pacing i irregular and it was hard to keep reading during the slow parts. It is also written in unfinished sentences and slang, and I don’t like that writing style. I read the book in its original language, swedish, and I understand if people who read it in a translated language didn’t like the book because I couldn’t stand all the namedropping of different clothing brands and cars and what not. And on top of that all the shortened
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Tom Wile
Really like a 3 1/2. I’ve never commented on an author’s writing style. Hard to describe. Anxious. In a rush. <—- that’s it! More 1, 2 and 3 word sentences than I’ve ever seen. That style is meant to make the reader feel Jeopardy a faster paced scene. The method works. Now imagine reading a whole 500 page novel written that way. So there was that and I thought the ending could have been better.
Liz C
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good Scandi noir read, but looking at other reviews I seem to be in a minority. Anti heroes and villains make a change from the usual fare in thrillers and I would recommend it to anyone.
Jap Hengky
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-the-shelf
What Lapidus, the lawyer-turned-novelist, has achieved is to generate in this book a striking depth of conception and an originality of plot and character that makes Easy Money a real page-turner. I can't recommend this book too highly.
Jo Sandgren
Quit 1/2 way thru..just couldn’t get into the characters or story🤪
Ken
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy Money.
Franco Prontera
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super entertaining book! Almost drugs to read!
Jill
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I acutely couldn't get into this one at all and gave up after 50 pages.
Caryatid
Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Marc
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
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 ...
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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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