Book Review and Giveaway: Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström

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Arti­cle first pub­lished as Book Review: Three Sec­onds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hell­ström on Blog­crit­ics.
Feb­ru­ary Part­ners has made avail­able books for three (3) win­ners — enter below.

My rat­ing for Three Sec­onds — 5

"Three Sec­onds" by Anders Roslund and Borge Hell­ström (web­site | Face­book | Twit­ter) is a crime fic­tion novel focus­ing on the prison drug trade. The novel has won the pres­ti­gious Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year in 2009.

Great book for those cold nights — Buy it here and buy it now!!!

"Three Sec­onds" by Anders Roslund and Borge Hell­ström has many things going in one book. The novel is a bleak crime drama, a con­spir­acy story and a detec­tive story.  The story is morally com­plex, vis­ceral and the read­ing is demand­ing but well worth the effort.

There is no set-up to this book, the story gets run­ning from the start, thick and fast at the reader assault­ing with drama and authen­tic­ity.  The writ­ing is refined, the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion solid and the action bru­tal.  The book is writ­ten in short scenes, which takes some get­ting used to but once you do watch out…the pace of the book is elec­tric.

Behind the com­pelling and some­times com­plex sto­ry­line there is a real cri­tique of the Swedish jail sys­tem, jus­tice sys­tem. and the way the Swedish police use infor­mants.  This excit­ing and inno­v­a­tive book is well plot­ted and goes into con­sid­er­able  with­out actu­ally los­ing the reader.  How­ever, the sub­ject mat­ter does not make this a par­tic­u­lar pleas­ant read­ing of this well researched and absorb­ing book.

Great job by trans­la­tor Kari Dick­son of keep­ing the pace and dia­log flowing.

Piet Hoff­mann loves his wife and adores his two lit­tle boys, how­ever his busi­ness takes him away from them often.  Piet is an infor­mant for the Swedish police and has been work­ing for years, off the books, to infil­trate an arm of the Pol­ish mafia who is bent on tak­ing over drug dis­tri­b­u­tions in Sweden's jails.

After years of hard work, Piet finally gains the trust of a respected busi­ness man who know­ingly fronts the Pol­ish mob.  The deal that gained Piet legit­i­macy cost another under­cover agent his life which forced Piet to col­lect evi­dence from the crime scene absolv­ing himself.

Erik Wil­son is Piet's han­dler, Erik fal­si­fied records to Piet's exist­ing crim­i­nal his­tory boost up his rap sheet to make Piet the legit­i­mate heir to the jail drug under­world.  All this while they are prepar­ing for the largest sting oper­a­tion in Swedish law enforce­ment history.

Detec­tive Super­in­ten­dent Ewert Grens is inves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der in the drug-deal-gone-bad.  A griev­ing wid­ower Ewert throws him­self into his inves­ti­ga­tion only to hit pecu­liar road blocks at every turn.

And we didn't even get to the twists yet…

What twists? Find out for your­self — Buy the book here


  • Con­test is for one (1) new copies of the book
  • There will be THREE (3) WINNERS
  • Must be a US mail­ing Address (this is for the US release)
  • Ends Mon­day Decem­ber 13, 2010
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