The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Soderberg
A Novel

81%

8 Critic Reviews

If you don’t mind a bit of ambiguity, Alexander Soderberg’s The Andalucian Friend is a worthwhile read.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

A Monumental International Crime Thriller That Brad Thor Calls "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Sopranos."

Enemies Are Everywhere
 
When Sophie Brinkmann—nurse, widow, single mother—meets Hector Guzman, her life is uneventful.  She likes his quiet charm and easy smile; she likes the way he welcomes her into his family.  She quickly learns, though, that his smooth façade masks something much more sinister.
      Guzman is the head of a powerful international crime ring with a reach into drugs and weapons that extends from Europe to South America.  His interests are under siege by a ruthless German syndicate who will stop at nothing to stake their claim.  But the Guzmans are fighters and will go to war to protect what’s rightfully theirs.  The conflict quickly escalates to become a deadly turf war between the rival organizations that includes an itinerant arms dealer, a deeply disturbed detective, a vicious hit man, and a wily police chief.  Sophie, too, is unwittingly caught in the middle.  She must summon everything within her to navigate this intricate web of moral ambiguity, deadly obsession, and craven gamesmanship. 
      The Andalucian Friend is a powerhouse of a novel—turbo-charged, action-packed, highly sophisticated, and epic in scope—and announces Alexander Söderberg as the most exciting new voice in thrillers in a generation.
 

About Alexander Soderberg

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ALEXANDER SÖDERBERG has worked as a televisions screenwriter for Swedish television and lives in the countryside in the south of Sweden with his wife and children. THE ANDALUCIAN FRIEND is his first novel.


Author Residence: Sweden
 
Published March 12, 2013 by Crown. 465 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Andalucian Friend
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good

Much of this book feels like furniture arranging for the sequels, but there’s enough action and gallows humor in this overture to carry it along. A promising start to a trilogy.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jan 07 2013

Fans of Nordic thrillers will find much to like.

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WSJ online

Good
on Mar 08 2013

One of the strengths of this complex but swift, well-written and often grisly saga is that each character is sketched with enough detail to become, if not sympathetic, at least understandable.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
on Mar 12 2013

If you don’t mind a bit of ambiguity, Alexander Soderberg’s The Andalucian Friend is a worthwhile read.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 06 2013

The sprawling cast and slow-burn plotting may frustrate some, but Söderberg rewards patience with subtler thrills — and an excellent vicarious passport.

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Booklist Online

Good
on Mar 01 2013

This gripping crime novel, the first in a trilogy, deserves to stand completely on its own.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent

The Andalucian Friend is a powerhouse of a novel—turbo-charged, action-packed, highly sophisticated, and epic in scope.

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Metro

Above average
on Mar 14 2013

Söderberg never really gets under Sophie’s skin enough to explain why she lets herself become increasingly involved in the mob violence raging around her.

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