Easy Money by Jens Lapidus


9 Critic Reviews

The rat-a-tat-tat rhythms of Lapidus’ prose, in Ahlander’s translation, aren’t for everyone.


From one of Sweden’s most successful defense lawyers comes an unflinching look at Stockholm’s underworld, told from the perspective of the mob bosses, the patsies, and the thugs who help operate its twisted justice system.
JW is a student having trouble keeping up appearances in the rich party crowd he has involved himself with. He’s desperate for money, and when he’s offered a job dealing drugs to the very crowd he’s vying for a place in, he accepts it. Meanwhile, Jorge, a young Latino drug dealer, has just broken out of jail and is itching for revenge. When JW’s supplier gets wind of Jorge’s escape, he suggests JW track him down and attempt to win his trust in order to cover more area in the drug circuit. But JW’s not the only one on Jorge’s trail: Mrado, the brutal muscle behind the Yugoslavian mob boss whose goons were the ones who ratted Jorge out to the cops, is also on the hunt. But like everyone else, he’s tired of being a mere pawn in an impossibly risky game, and he’s seeking to carve out a niche of his own. As the paths of these antiheroes intertwine further, they find themselves mercilessly pitted against one another in a world where allegiances are hard-won, revenge is hard-fought, and a way out of it all is even harder to come by.
Fast and intricately paced, and with pitch-perfect dialogue, Easy Money is a raw, dark, and intelligent crime novel that has catapulted Jens Lapidus into the company of Sweden’s most acclaimed crime writers.

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About Jens Lapidus

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Jens Lapidus is a criminal defense lawyer who represents some of Sweden's most notorious underworld criminals. He lives in Stockholm with his wife.
Published April 3, 2012 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 482 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Romance. Fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 3


Below average
Nov 01 2011

The rat-a-tat-tat rhythms of Lapidus’ prose, in Ahlander’s translation, aren’t for everyone.

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Below average
Reviewed by John O'Connell on Feb 10 2012

The discrepancy between the ordered, formal Swedish criminal justice system as Lapidus portrays it and criminals so Americanised they seem to inhabit, well, America, takes some adjusting to.

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Publishers Weekly

Sep 05 2011

In the searing debut of Swedish criminal defense attorney Lapidus, three lost souls converge along cocaine’s nightmare highway to hell.

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The Independent

Reviewed by Barry Forshaw on Feb 29 2012

He has another identity, that of a highly successful criminal lawyer. . .perhaps a reason why the books have such cutting-edge veracity.

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Irish Times

Below average
Reviewed by Declan Hughes on Jan 07 2012

The book is at least a third too long. . .The characters are almost uniformly unpleasant. . .Worst of all, it ain’t what he says, it’s the way that he says it.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Reviewed by Chris Roberts

This is a remarkably accomplished debut and certainly can stand the comparison with more well-known authors.

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The Mystery Reader

Reviewed by Andy Plonka

The translator has done an excellent job of rendering the story into English, including slang and vocabulary native to drug trafficking and use.

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Euro Crime

Reviewed by Laura Root

. . .a gripping, hard boiled crime novel, which has a real ring of authenticity. . .

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Reader Dad

Reviewed by Matt Craig on Jan 31 2012

It’s impressive to read, and respect to both author and translator for pulling it off.

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