Three Seconds by Anders Roslund

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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 assignment yet: after years spent infiltrating the Polish mafia, he's become a key player in their attempt to take over amphetamine distribution inside Sweden's prisons. To stop them from succeeding, he will have to go deep cover, posing as a prisoner inside the country's most notorious jail.

But when a botched drug deal involving Hoffman results in a murder, the investigation is assigned to the brilliant but haunted Detective Inspector Ewert Grens--a man who never gives up until he's cracked the case. Grens's determination to find the killer not only threatens to expose Hoffman's true identity-it may reveal even bigger crimes involving the highest levels of power. And there are people who will do anything to stop him from discovering the truth.

Winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' 2009 award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year, and a #1 best-seller there, Three Seconds captures a nefarious world of betrayal and violence, where a wise man trusts no one and even the most valuable agent can be “burned.”
 

About Anders Roslund

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Award-winning journalist Anders Roslund and ex-criminal Börge Hellström are Sweden's most acclaimed fiction duo. Their unique ability to combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots has put them at the forefront of modern Scandinavian crime writing. In 2009, Three Seconds 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, and it was a top 10 best seller in Sweden for eight months.
 
Published September 30, 2010 by Quercus Publishing Plc. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Crime. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Ex-con Piet Hoffmann, who for the past nine years has led a double life as a family man and a police snitch infiltrating the Stockholm drug world, takes on his most dangerous assignment yet in Roslund

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The New York Times

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Here is Piet, going to a meeting before he heads to prison: “Piet Hoffman stopped a couple of meters from the door, emptied himself as he always did of all thoughts, all feelings, pushed them aside and kicked them down and then he had put on his armor — that thick, horrible layer, his goddamn s...

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BC Books

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Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström is a crime fiction novel focusing on the prison drug trade.

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BC Books

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Winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers 2009 award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the year, Three Seconds is a not at all fast-paced, sometimes annoyingly over-written, yet engaging thriller mixing mafia drug trafficking with police corruption into an explosive concoction.

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New York Journal of Books

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The most serious crimes in this novel are the Polish mafia’s infiltration and control of the drug trade in the Swedish prison system and the corruption of Swedish officials—including the chief superintendent of police, a national police commissioner, a state secretary from The Minister of Justice...

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Book Reporter

The pre-publication lead-up to THREE SECONDS by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström has been careful to note that the book is the winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' 2009 award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year, previously won by both Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell.

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USA Today

forever someone who didn't belong."Three Seconds' other characters are equally complex.Ewert Grens is the brilliant but neurotic detective who gets pulled in to Hoffman's secret life when he suspects that Hoffman may be connected to a murder case he's investigating.Roslund & Hellstrom pull out al...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Hoffman commits a minor crime so that he can go to prison and work on establishing the Polish Mafia as the source for drugs for the inmates with the Mafia's ultimate goal being to control the drug distribution in the country's fifty-six prisons.

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Reviewing the Evidence

But unlike the swashbuckling duo of Blomqvist and Salander, the two protagonists of THREE SECONDS – a depressed and aging detective who can't get over the death of his partner and an ex-con ex-junkie whose life depends on quick wits and his ability to keep up a charade – embody a burnt-out, cynic...

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Deseret News

The Polish mafia bosses are planning to take over the drug trade inside Sweden's largest prisons, and they have entrusted Hoffman with the job.

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Seattle PI

Winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers 2009 award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the year, Three Seconds is a not at all fast-paced, sometimes annoyingly over-written, yet engaging thriller mixing mafia drug trafficking with police corruption into an explosive concoction.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The critics diverged over the novel's characters-- "complex" (USA Today) or "tiresome [and] vaguely flawed" (New York Times)--but most agreed that Roslund and Hellström's gritty material, graphic style, and ingenious plotting combine to make Three Seconds a gripping, intelligent, and, above all, ...

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Piet Hoffman, the main character, is an ex-con, who has rather recently built a normal happy life and family - but suddenly is faced with entering Swedish prison as an undercover agent, in order to break up an underworld drug dealing ring.

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