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December 28, 2011 / John Sheridan

Review – Three Seconds by Anders Roslund & Borge Hellstrom

(Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK)

A book that I happened to pick up passing through one of my local bookstores having heard good things about both it and its predecessor “Box 21” (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK). It does come tagged inevitably with the “new Stieg Larsson” label that is attached to anything coming out from Scandinavia at the moment but aside from locations doesn’t actually share too much with the Millenium trilogy as it is less overtly political and consequently tighter overall and becomes one of those books that you don’t want to put down and makes me want to read more from this writing team.  I’ve recently purchased “Cell 8” (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) and will get around to reading and reviewing that shortly.  As always, beware possible spoilers below.

Piet Hoffmann alias Paula is living a double life – one as husband & father and a second as an undercover informant for the police seeking to infiltrate the Polish mafia. When a drug deal goes bad and an undercover policeman is killed, Piet reports it but while one detective leads the murder inquiry, Piet’s handler is fully aware of all the details and together with the upper echelons places the truth under wraps in pursuit of the bigger fish. As Ewert Grens leads the inquiry he manages to discover a link to Piet which leads those in power to decide that the situation is too risky and to leak Piet’s activities to the Polish mafia and let them resolve the problem. A tense finale ensues as Piet has to stay alive long enough to escape prison, recapture & murder in order to get his life and family back. Luckily he is a resourceful character who manages to stay one step ahead of a sniper’s bullet amongst other things. But who will pay the price?


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