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Three Seconds by Anders Roslund
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Dec 23, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: crime, murder, mystery, mystery-adventure-thriller
Read in December, 2010

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 school homicide detective inspector and Piet Hoffman, a former criminal turned informer, code named, Paula. Hoffman, unbeknownst to Inspector Grens, has been chosen by the police to infiltrate the Polish Mafia which is attempting to control the smuggling of drugs into the Swedish prisons. Hoffman witnesses a murder during a botched drug buy. Even though he reports this to his handler, Hoffman realizes that he is alone between a rock and a hard place. Sandwiched between the homicide investigation lead by the doggedly determined Grens and the ruthless Polish Mafia which will not hesitate to kill a snitch. Hoffman moves skillfully, like a chess master who anticipates his opponent's moves and plans his strategy accordingly. This book was provided for review by the good folks at Barnes & Noble First Look Book Club.
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