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Three Seconds

(Grens & Sundkvist #5)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,361 ratings  ·  605 reviews
Dark, suspenseful, and more riveting than any thriller at the local cineplex, Three Seconds is the latest novel from best-selling Swedish duo Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström-heirs apparent to Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell as the masters of Scandinavian crime.

Piet Hoffman, a top secret operative for the Swedish police, is about to embark on his most dangerous assign
Hardcover, 489 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Silveroak (first published 2009)
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Amanda Not at all. This is the first one I have read by these authors and it was fantastic

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Guccini cantava, e i Nomadi con lui, che Per fare un uomo ci voglion vent'anni, per fare un bimbo un'ora d'amore, per una vita migliaia di ore, per il dolore è abbastanza un minuto….
Qui, invece, si narra che per morire bastano tre secondi.

Il film omonimo è in fase di lavorazione (post-produzione). È diretto dall’italiano Andrea Di Stefano. Nella foto il cast principale: se Joel Kinnaman è azzeccato come Piet Hoffman, gli altri ruoli sono di più difficile attribuzion
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
The latest book from Roslund & Hellström is about the crooked dealings between the Swedish police and their well-placed informants. Ex-con Piet Hoffman, now a “covert human intelligence source” for the Stockholm police, is deeply implanted into the Polish Mafia. He is attempting to stop the organization from controlling drug distribution in Sweden’s prisons, and all the while, Hoffman is also a family man with a wife and two young sons.

When Hoffman is involved in a fouled-up drug deal that l
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best crime novels I have read in a long time. For me it exceeded the Larsson series everyone loved. It is so well written. There wasn't a single moment when I felt that even one word was extraneous, except maybe when I was confused with the foreign terms but that had nothing to do with the book itself.

The book is set in an unfamiliar place for most Americans, since it takes place mostly in Sweden. Every character has a unique purpose and is developed specifically in a way to
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
*finishes book, snaps cover closed*
Queue Extreme Ways by Moby.

If you don't know this reference we can no longer be friends; I have no desire to speak with you further. If you actually know that reference, you need to let me know so I can congratulate you on Your Awesome. This book was like Bourne Identity meets Boondock Saints meets Shooter meets The Departed. But also with an extra shot of kick ass awesome. An informant working undercover is assigned to a prison. And while there...gets burnt.
Христо Блажев
3 секунди делят живота от смъртта:

Шведите просто са (от) най-добрите, това е положението. “3 секунди” ми бе препоръчана като подходяща за запознаване с тандема Андерс Руслунд и Бьорг Хелстрьом, разследващ журналист и бивш затворник, които обединяват сили за написване на трилър, почиващ на реална фактология. История за човек с двойна самоличност – на високопоставен мафиот и агент под прикритие, но без холивудската розова окраска. Един мъж, който повече от
Rachelle Urist
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Though it took me a while (50 pages? 80? 100?) to get into the book, once it took hold it didn't let go. For the last 300+ pages, I couldn't put it down. It's a riveting look at detective work, criminal minds, and the enormous risks, both physical and psychological, that both sides take in doing what they do. I may have vaguely known that investigators use criminal elements to spur - if not enable - their efforts. But this book, written collaboratively by a former journalist and former criminal, ...more
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of S. Larsson or Sjowall and Wahloo, those interested in the politics of policing and prison
I won this hot-off-the-torturous-translation-table Swedish thriller in a goodreads giveaway contest. My review is of an uncorrected advance reading copy, so it is possible that changes may be made to the text before it is released in January 2011. Three Seconds is the first novel I've read by Roslund & Hellstrom.

I don't know what it is about Sweden as a country that makes it inclined to produce crime novels that are so much more interesting, insightful and refreshing than the formulaic Koon
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Scandinavian crime fiction has been hot for many years now, but in the wake of the unexpected success of the Steig Larsson books, it appears to be even more ubiquitous. This latest example (the third in a series, following The Beast and Box 21) takes a very straightforward and familiar plot about an undercover operative working for the Swedish police, and manages to milk it for more than 400 pages of not particularly engaging prose. The premise is that former drug addict and ex-con Piet Hoffman ...more
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tops, 2010-reads
PROTAGONIST: DI Ewert Grens; infiltrator Piet Hoffman
SERIES: #5 of 5; 3rd book translated into English
RATING: 4.75

One of the tools that police departments often use is to develop a network of informants, people on the street who have access to the kind of information that they would be hard pressed to uncover. In some cases, the informant goes even further, with the subject actually infiltrating an organization that is of interest to the authorities. Such is the role of Piet Hoffm
Brian Oldham
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I love Scandinavian Crime Fiction. This book cover says it is the best book of the year. It is good but not the best Scandinavian crime fiction you can read. I don't know all the books that came out in the last year, but I know that this is not at the level or Henning Mankel, Arnarldur Idridisson, Helen Turston, Sjowall and Wahloo, Karen Fossum, Ake Edwardson, Hakkan Nesser and certainly is no Stig Larsson. This book also does not compare to the quality of England's Peter Lovsey, or the U.S. aut ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
פייט הופמן הוא סוכן סמוי של משטרת שוודיה במאפיה הפולנית שמנסה לשלב חיי משפחה בעוד הרבה מאוד גורמים ישמחו להרוג אותו.

ספר מתח שוודי נחמד ולא מדמם כמו שוודים אחרים.
Da budem iskrena, nisam mnogo očekivala od ove knjige. Prije svega jer me prethodni dijelovi nisu baš oduševili. I ova mi je na početku bila razvučena, dosadna, smarala me. Ali nisam odustajala i to se na kraju isplatilo. Negdje na polovici knjige radnja se zahuktala i bilo mi je žao kada sam morala da ostavim knjigu. Do pola jedva, od pola sam je progutala. :D
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei muito, principalmente a partir do meio do livro.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rec, e-books
Amazing and exciting reading ! !

“Three Seconds” is written by Anders Roslund (journalist) and Borge Hellstrom (ex-criminal).

I had a good time reading this book despite that it was not easy at first. The authors were in no hurry to bring their story into focus and they took a lot of time to "set up" the context what gave a "false" pace until the half of the book. They gave many details about the characters which allow readers to anticipate their reactions and understand their decisions. Readers
J Edward Tremlett
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Call him Paula. That’s what his handlers in the Stockholm police do.
Codename Paula is their inside man within the dangerous Polish mob, which has infested Sweden’s underworld with drugs and other nefarious activities. At their behest, he walks a terrifying path — turning a blind eye to death and murder as he commits some crimes in order to stop others. And at every moment, with each new crime and deception, he knows that one wrong word or off action could cause his long-standing deception to col
Jan 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.

Many writers are currently being touted as the next Stieg Larsson. These writers are no exception. Many librarians are struggling with what to recommend to readers who want more in the style of Larsson's Millenium trilogy. I'm not sure that this book qualifies.

Piet Hoffman is a devoted husband and father but he hides a secret. He is also an ex-con who has been working undercover as a mole for the Stockholm police for the last nine years.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Swedish crime when one starts to sympathise with the villain, against all odds.
A calculated, intense, and dark story about an underworld that almost certainly exists and leaves me questioning why people do what they do.
Underneath it all, criminals are people too, who make choices, have feelings, and are just as vulnerable and fragile.
Anna Jesse
Vond het wel een goed verhaal maar nog al lang gerekt. Boek had best 100 pagina's minder dik mogen zijn. Wel een realistische thriller.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muito bom, inesperado, muito real, mais uns autores a entrar para os devo mesmo ler.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perfect escapist summer reading for fans of Stieg Larssen’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. I listened to the audiobook, and I have a feeling it made the book better. (I mind verbosity and repetitiveness less in conversation than on the printed page.)

The story is fairly easy to figure out and lacks the intricate subtlety and the intriguing lead characters of the Larssen books:

The lead detective is a cliché and not much fun, but the ex-con protagonist infiltrator makes up for this. The au
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Closer to 2.5 STARS ... but I’m rounding down to 2.0 STARS. It was OK but if I knew when I started this book what I know now I probably would have passed on this one. Don’t get me wrong. The writing is very strong, almost addictive in its cadence and flow and smooth transition between characters but the subject matter simply isn't my gig.

So why did I read it? Some background color ... I bought this book, along with a half dozen others, for $0.50 at my library’s annual spri
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
- Είναι σε χωρισμένο σε μικρά, σύντομα κεφάλαια, κάτι που τα καθιστά ευκολοδιάβαστα και δεν "μπουκώνουμε" κατά την ανάγνωση, παρά το πολύ μεγάλο μέγεθος του κειμένου συνολικά. Παράλληλα, είναι ιδιαίτερα κινηματογραφικό, πράγμα που όπως έχω ξαναπεί, στα βιβλία αυτού του είδους, λειτουργεί θετικά.

- Οι χαρακτήρες είναι καλοδουλεμένοι και η προσωπικότητά τους, ολοκληρωμένη και ξεκάθαρη, κάτι που κάνει ανάλογες και τις προθέσεις και τα κίνητρά τους. Αν μη τι άλλο, είναι ένα μεγάλο συν το να ξέρεις πο
Three Seconds by the Swedish writing team of Anders & Hellstrom is pretty good. Once I had the chance to really get into the book, I enjoyed it more. However, I didn't feel that it was anything so special that I'd want to read anything else by them.

Piet Hoffman is a former criminal turned police informant. He has managed to delve deeply into a Polish mafia drug ring. His next move is to get himself arrested so that the mafia can expand into the prison--which is when Hoffman and the Swedish
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Rosland, Anders & Hellstrom, Borge. THREE SECONDS. (2009; Eng. trans. 2010). ***. The authors of this thriller are described, respectively, as an award-winning journalist, and an ex-criminal. Apparently, they are a very popular fiction team in Sweden. This novel was awarded the Swedish Academy of Crime Writeers’ Award for Swedish Crime Novel of the Year. This award has also been given to Stieg Larson and Henning Mankell in the past. This work is nowhere near as good as anything written by th ...more
Toni Osborne
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book 5, in the Grens & Sundkvist series

This book is by far from being short in fact it is close to 500 pages of intense reading. The plot is multi-faceted and it takes its merry time to spring into action but once started it crakes up tension and our engagement with the novel. Some entering midstream into this series may feel at a lost since the bleakly eccentric protagonist has a very heart wrenching past which is essential to know.

The novel deals with criminals in contemporary Sweden, the
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic Sweedish read By Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom and written in the style of the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series by Stieg Larsson. This story takes place in Stockholm and surrounds the plight of "Paula" (the main character is male) who is caught up in the Polish mafia's attempt to flood the Sweedish drug trade as well as being hung out by the justice system. Until the conclusion, it is difficult to predict who will survive and who will fall to their respective life c ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series that I've read by these Swedish authors. I thought this book was even better than the first. These two authors, one of them a former criminal, write so well and thoroughly draw out their characters in addition to developing a walloping good story.

The gist of the novel is that the Swedish police, through an undercover former petty thief, have infiltrated the Polish mafia. The send this infiltrator into the prison system to learn more about how drugs are smugg
Ronald Roseborough
Riding high on the wave of Scandinavian novels breaking on our shores, comes this first rate thriller from the award winning team of Roslund and Hellstrom. Names we will definitely be hearing a lot more of in this country. Superb plotting and in depth characterizations highlight this novel. It details the relations between the Swedish police and the informants they use to help stem the rising tide of the Polish Mafia in Sweden. The book is shared by two main characters. Ewert Grens, an old schoo ...more
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Received via Goodreads First Reads. Thank you Goodreads and Publishers!

A relatively quick read. This wasn't a can't put it down book, for me - but I can see that it would be for some readers. I feel like this book would be highly enjoyed by anyone who loved the Dragon/Millenium series. For those that found Girl with a Dragon Tattoo slow (like myself) well, I think you may end up feeling the same way about this novel. Like Tattoo, I found there was a lot of repetition (the conversations Ewert ha
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Piet Hoffman, Swedish undercover police informer, has climbed very high in the ranks of the Polish Mafia when he haplessly witnesses a murder during a drug deal gone terribly wrong. While Inspector Ewert Grens investigates the murder, Hoffman's Mafia masters want him in prison to take over drug operations there. A secret arm of the law agrees, and offers him and his family protection and new identities for breaking the drug operations of the Mafia in the Swedish prison system. But they reckoned ...more
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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.

Roslund regularly collaborates with Börge Hellström,

Other books in the series

Grens & Sundkvist (7 books)
  • The Beast (Grens & Sundkvist #1)
  • The Vault (Grens & Sundkvist #2)
  • Cell 8 (Grens & Sundkvist #3)
  • Flickan under gatan (Grens & Sundkvist #4)
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