Box 21 by Anders Roslund
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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 unexpected chance at freedom, and with it the opportunity to take revenge on their enslavers and reclaim the lives and dignity they once had. What will happen now that the tables are turned and the victims fight back?

In this masterful thriller, the celebrated team of Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström delve into the seedy underbelly of Stockholm. There we meet Lydia and Alena as they embark on a desperate plan to expose their captor and demand justice; police officers Sundkvist and Grens, on the trail of both Lydia's enslavers and Jochum Lang, a notorious mob enforcer; and Hilding Oldéus, a junkie on what might be his last--and most destructive--bender. At the Söder Hospital, their destinies begin to converge in unexpected and explosive ways.

Box 21 is a Scandinavian thriller of the highest order: a mindblowing psychological drama written with powerful intensity. When it was published in Sweden, Solo called it "suspenseful, gripping, and intelligently written . . . Almost impossible to put down," while SVT exclaimed: "Forget crime literature; this is, simply put, great literature!"

 

About Anders Roslund

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Award-winning journalist Anders Roslund and ex-criminal Börge Hellström are Sweden’s most acclaimed crime fiction duo. Their unique ability to combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with penetrating social criticism in complex, intelligent plots has put them at the forefront of modern Scandinavian crime writing. In 2009, their book Three Seconds, which was awarded the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for Swedish Crime Novel of the Year, previously won by both Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, became a top-10 bestseller in Sweden for eight months, and hit The New York Times bestseller list in the United States.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by Sarah Crichton Books. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Pursued by Lang, Hilding also arrives at the hospital demanding drugs of his sister Lisa, who’s a doctor there.

Sep 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Box 21: A Novel

The Washington Post

His only other pleasure comes in playing tapes of the popular Swedish singer Siw Malmkvist and imagining that he is dancing with her and holding her close.

Oct 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Box 21: A Novel

Reviewing the Evidence

Though Roslund and Hellström published their fifth novel this year, BOX 21 is their first novel to be translated into English.

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Denver Post

Dark, often crushingly grim, "Box 21" introduces us to a world of characters who hate what they do for a living.

Jan 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Box 21: A Novel

MostlyFiction Book Reviews

AUTHOR WEBSITE: Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström EXTRAS: Excerpt MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION: More Scandanavian crime fiction… The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson Mind’s Eye by Håkan Nesser Nemesis by Jo Nesbø The Indian Bride by Karen Fossum...

Oct 16 2009 | Read Full Review of Box 21: A Novel

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