He is forced to seize control of one of Sweden’s maximum security prisons, from the inside. This is a wonderful mystery despite the fact that it isn't a 'whodunit' but rather a 'howdunit'. Can't get enough of DCI Ewert Grens? This is, according to myself, their best since their début. 80? I was a little unsure at first what I would be getting into, as the setting is Sweden and there are lots of difficult-to- pronounce street names, a la Dragon Tattoo series (excellent reads, as well). Relentless Inspector Grens orders the sniper to fire and then has to unravel the strange behavior of Hoffman. Ex-con Piet Hoffman has been working undercover for the Stockholm police for nine years, rising within the Polish mafia to lead its effort to control the supply of drugs to Swedish prisons. He is attempting to stop the organization from controlling drug distribution in Sweden’s prisons, and all the while, Hoffman is also a family man with a wife and two young sons. Three Seconds (Book) : Roslund, Anders : Ex-convict Piet Hoffman--a family man, a rising member of Stockholm's Polish mafia, and an undercover police informant--is sent to a maximum security prison to make himself the boss of the amphetamine trade so the police can shut it down. by Roslund and Hellström (Quercus) ISBN: 978-1-84916-151-0. Though it took me a while (50 pages? A secret arm of the law agrees, and offers him and his family protection and new identities for breaking the drug operations of the Mafia in the Swedish prison system. THREE SECONDS. Epub 2012 Oct 9. // Roslund & Hellström have indeed won The Glass Key once before (for their début The Beast), but Stieg Larsson was awarded it twice posthumously. It was OK but if I knew when I started this book what I know now I probably would have passed on this one. I enjoyed the fierce intensity that Ewert Grens had in this book, he doggedly pursued his investigation and at times I thought he was going to ruin the outcome of the story but in the end it all came together! Ewert Grens, an old school homicide detective inspector and Piet Hoffman, a former criminal turned informer, code named, Paula. THREE SECONDS. This book also does not compare to the quality of England's Peter Lovsey, or the U.S. authors, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais or Andrew Vachs. But nothing has so far made such an impression as Three Seconds. Terrific book--it reads very smoothly and kept my interest from beginning to end. This was a fantastic Sweedish read By Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom and written in the style of the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series by Stieg Larsson. And I consider the three novels in between really good.”, “Roslund & Hellström you owe me a nights sleep. It is good but not the best Scandinavian crime fiction you can read. But his increasingly successful infiltration of a Polish drug ring operating in Sweden puts him puts him in a position where he is unable to prevent a murder. A handful of hoity-toity English types — tasteful but troubled — gathers at a country manor and —mon Dieu — one of them turns up dead in a locked room. The premise is that former drug addict and ex-con Piet Hoffman. [s], Review of "Three Seconds" By Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström, The Best Mystery & Thriller Adaptations Since 'Gone Girl'. Fantastic Swedish crime when one starts to sympathise with the villain, against all odds. // Three Seconds is a fascinating journey into a world that is very far removed from our ideas of it.”, ”Roslund & Hellström just keep getting better.”, “Roslund & Hellström have now published five books and they are among the best one can read. It's a riveting look at detective work, criminal minds, and the enormous risks, both physical and psychological, that both sides take in doing what they do. Three Seconds (Book) : Roslund, Anders : Ex-convict Piet Hoffman--a family man, a rising member of Stockholm's Polish mafia, and an undercover police informant--is sent to a maximum security prison to make himself the boss of the amphetamine trade so the police can shut it down. Three Seconds by Anders Roslund, 9781623653514, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. At times the book was hard to read because of the street names and foreign names throughout the book but overall it did not take away from the story. I admit it was taken a little far, and was underhanded, but it seems commonplace to overlook minor crimes to catch major criminals. It is a pleasure to plow through the 592 pages.”, ”Three Seconds is in parts so hair-raising that I have to put it down, pace around the apartment to catch my breath, and try to calm down. Hoffmann must desperately maintain his cover; else he is a dead man walking. The book is shared by two main characters. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Three Seconds by Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström, 2011, Silver Oak edition, These two authors, one of them a former criminal, write so well and thoroughly draw out their characters in addition to developing a walloping good story. He is the founder and former head of, Barry Award Nominee for Best British Crime Novel (2011). Dark, suspenseful, and more riveting than any thriller at the local cineplex. For Frisco-based author Richard Brock, 2020 started off with a lot of promise. “Three Seconds” spent the better part of a year on Swedish best-seller lists. There is also a list of characters in the front, which always makes me wonder how many times I may have to flip back and forth throughout the story in order to keep up with who's who. The suspense is sometimes unbearable. Refresh and try again. // The crime wave has come a long way and I have read a whole lot. Don’t get me wrong. None of the increasingly inept language of crime writing can be found here. to get into the book, once it took hold it didn't let go. 592 pages generate respect, but there are no tedious passages and it never comes to a standstill infinitely suspenseful!”, ”Roslund & Hellströms latest book is terrifyingly good. Three Seconds is an intensely suspenseful thriller where people in all positions of society are put to the test. Buy THREE SECONDS by (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. It is characterization of the highest degree. Try Prime Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders Try Prime Basket. But everybody else is fair game. Piet Hoffman, Swedish undercover police informer, has climbed very high in the ranks of the Polish Mafia when he haplessly witnesses a murder during a drug deal gone terribly wrong. And at the same time the dramaturgical structure is brilliant. But they reckoned. This is one of the best crime novels I have read in a long time. You are without a doubt superior in the Swedish crime genre and you keep your readers in a tight grip that one neither can nor wants to get out of.”, ”This is a real page-turner, which cost me a couple nights of troubled sleep. I liked the viewpoint of the police informer - interesting psychology but I really don't like DCI Ewert Grens. Until the conclusion, it is difficult to predict who will survive and who will fall to their respective life choices. It is a tour de force.”, “Looking for a cozy mystery to warm the winter months? While Inspector Ewert Grens investigates the murder, Hoffman's Mafia masters want him in prison to take over drug operations there. // But above all Three Seconds is a well-written, suspenseful and terribly good story.”, ”Roslund & Hellström are in a league of their own. Give this to Stieg Larsson fans and any reader fond of morally complex thrillers.”, “The thin line that separates such truth and lies is a theme reverberating throughout Three Seconds and drives an explosive plot twist and coverup… [The] novel’s savage dissection of societal and government corruption make Three Seconds a nerve-jangling ride and perhaps a kissing cousin of Larsson’s novels.”, “The five novels featuring Inspector Ewert Grens are faster paced and stronger on plot than most Swedish crime fiction.”, Los Angeles Times, John-Henri Holmberg (US), “[Roslund and Hellstrom] have concocted a brilliant thriller … extremely difficult to put down. Ex-con Piet Hoffman, now a “covert human intelligence source” for the Stockholm police, is deeply implanted into the Polish Mafia. Three-seconds is the portfolio of Digital Artist & Motion-Designer Thomas Gugel. Of course, as is the case in many such stories, something goes wrong and Hoffman's role of informer is put at risk -- along with his life. Three Seconds Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström 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. Your neighbors are hiding a body. The writing is very strong, almost addictive in its cadence and flow and smooth transition between characters but the subject matter simply isn't my gig. It features a lot of facts about France, the U.S., Britain, and about different kinds of humans, animals, and other things in general. Riding high on the wave of Scandinavian novels breaking on our shores, comes this first rate thriller from the award winning team of Roslund and Hellstrom. A dark and brutal book that is not an easy read, Three Seconds is also a riveting story that serious readers will find worthwhile and memorable. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. Can't get enough of DCI Ewert Grens? 2012 Nov;87(11):E125-8. There is also a list of characters in the front, which always makes me wonder how many times I may have to flip back and forth throughout the story in order to keep up with who's who. /.../ Three Seconds puts Roslund and Hellstrom in the company of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. In addition, Three Seconds is undoubtedly their best book so far. The woman who just bumped into you is a stalker. Three novel patient-derived BCR/ABL mutants show different sensitivity to second and third generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors Am J Hematol. But in the doggedly perceptive Ewert Grens, he has just made the most relentless of enemies.THE PROPULSIVE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JOEL KINNAMAN, ROSAMUND PIKE, AND COMMON Despite the intensity of its finale, however, Terrific book--it reads very smoothly and kept my interest from beginning to end. Superb plotting and in depth characterizations highlight this novel. Deciding to become a police informant puts Piet Hoffman in the position of having to hide his criminal past and lie to his wife and sons. strong. Probably 3. Three Seconds Movie Check out the official plot synopsis of Three Seconds, the upcoming action thriller movie directed by Andrea Di Stefano from a script he co-wrote with Matt Cook, Rowan Joffé, and Alex Garland based on the Swedish novel by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström: This novel is not only Roslund & Hellströms best one so far, it is also constructed with such suspense that it outshines most of the international competition.”, “… very impressive …” ”… the moment where you understand the purpose of the title is extremely exciting …”, The Nihon Keizai Shinbun (one of the biggest Japanese morning papers), “… a masterpiece everyone must read. Three Seconds is no dumbed-down blockbuster.”, “High hopes for Three Seconds - justifiably so.... Superb.”, “This is crime writing at its most ambitious and morally complex. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published For the last 300+ pages, I couldn't put it down. A visceral, demanding read filled with the kind of insider knowledge that raises it from the pack.”. 100?) Involved weapons being secreted inside a prison. The writers develop everything so well and bring it all full circle by the end. The Informer is a 2019 British crime thriller film directed by Andrea Di Stefano and written by Matt Cook, based on the novel Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellström. awfully suspenseful. Grab your copy of Three Seconds and welcome the next big thing to America.”, “These guys are their own kind of writers and if you love crime fiction you owe it to yourself to check out this book. My review is of an uncorrected advance reading copy, so it is possible that changes may be made to the text before it is released in January 2011. So it would certainly be appropriate to award the dazzling duo, that keep the banner flying for Swedish, socially conscious thrillers, once again.”, “A strong and well-written crime novel with both significance and terrifying suspense. It's a contemporary look at the ambiguities in Swedish society and politics, and by the end it certainly begs the question: Who are the victims? Three seconds before the end of the match, the Americans led by one point advantage. The subject is just as explosive and blazing as the jacket cover and I totally recommend it to everybody!”, “Three Seconds is just as its predecessors very well-written, in a prose that is a joy for the soul. Three Seconds was a #1 bestseller in Sweden and the winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ 2009 award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year. Then check out Cell 8, named by the Sunday Times as one of the 60 Best Thrillers and Crime Novels of the Past 6 Years. Roslund and Hellstrom are dissecting the process, and they do so very well in this highly entertaining novel that is full of twists and turns … the action quickly draws you in and continues to grip you to the final chapters of the novel. Superb plotting and in depth characterizations highlight this novel. Received via Goodreads First Reads. He leads a double life. But I really didn't have to do tha. To see what your friends thought of this book, Not at all. Perfect escapist summer reading for fans of Stieg Larssen’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. In The Next Three Seconds… is a book of statistically-measured information. For me it exceeded the Larsson series everyone loved. Let's see. This latest example (the third in a series, following The Beast and Box 21) takes a very straightforward and familiar plot about an undercover operative working for the Swedish police, and manages to milk it for more than 400 pages of not particularly engaging prose. Until the conclusion, it is difficult to predict who will survive and who will fall to their respective life c. This was a fantastic Sweedish read By Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom and written in the style of the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series by Stieg Larsson. Currently working as a Freelancer, based in Cologne Germany. I liked all the planning done by the main character and his meticulous attention to details. 3.5 interesting storyline on how the Swedish use informers and the corruption inherent in it. Three Seconds hits its target. But those nocturne hours could not have been spent in a better way. Scandinavian crime fiction has been hot for many years now, but in the wake of the unexpected success of the Steig Larsson books, it appears to be even more ubiquitous. Getting himself arrested after assurances from senior police and governmental officials, Piet is burned and sets up his own death after taking hostages to expose his double dealing masters. Strongly recommended.”, “A terrific, nail-biting climax that demonstrates why it won the prize for Sweden’s best crime novel in 2009. // The plot is hair-raising and And I would be pretty surprised.”, “I read it in one sitting and 592 pages went by in no time! It’s an operation assigned by the police force. // When [Three Seconds] is all over, the reader has experienced an incredibly dramatic and moving journey that doesn’t loosen it’s grip for a single second. Sometimes the level of detail seemed too heavy, but as a mechanism to lock you into the story it was perfect. This story takes place in Stockholm and surrounds the plight of "Paula" (the main character is male) who is caught up in the Polish mafia's attempt to flood the Sweedish drug trade as well as being hung out by the justice system. They write about a cold, violent world that most of us know nothing about. The gritty details of drug dealing, of prison life and of the relations between cops and informants are all rendered with convincing authority in Three Seconds. He calls himself Paula and he knows he could be dead in just three seconds. But I really didn't have to do that at all. Then check out Cell 8, named by the Sunday Times as one of the 60 Best Thrillers and Crime Novels of the Past 6 Years. There is the same obsessive detail, the same corruption of the authorities, and even Larsson's tactic of the slow introductory chapters that suddenly shift into a higher gear ... R & H have even managed to freight in some cogent aperçus about the nature of identity amid the clammy suspense. Once you're in its grip, you care deeply about the central characters, particularly the criminal/agent at the story's core. Names we will definitely be hearing a lot more of in this country. THREE SECONDS. Scandinavian Noir. Mobsters, drug dealers, corruption and loads of action. Prepare yourself for an electrifying standoff between a brilliant criminal who maps his future beyond death and a bulldog inspector with nothing to lose. Closer to 2.5 STARS ... but I’m rounding down to 2.0 STARS. THREE SECONDS. Riding high on the wave of Scandinavian novels breaking on our shores, comes this first rate thriller from the award winning team of Roslund and Hellstrom. The series with the obstinate superintendent Ewert Grens is simply unbeatable in comparison with other contemporary crime novels. The rest of us are in luck. The angle on it is created to really engage the reader in the issue from every viewpoint. Even if you see the (multiple) ending(s) coming, you will be amazed by how Roslund and Hellström pull things off. // Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström are a fantastic author duo that in one crime novel after another very authentically portray Swedish reality, from a vital view point of crime, punishment, and revenge. But, in the doggedly-perceptive Ewert Grens, he has just made the most relentless of enemies. I listened to the audiobook, and I have a feeling it made the book better. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. This story takes place in Stockholm and surrounds the plight of "Paula" (the main character is male) who is caught up in the Polish mafia's attempt to flood the Sweedish drug trade as well as being hung out by the justice system. But, in the doggedly-perceptive Ewert Grens, he has just made the most relentless of enemies. Exciting story, started a little slow building the story but really took off and what a great ending. I enjoyed the narrator. I thought this book was even better than the first. In this regard I can only think of one author they don’t outshine quite yet ­ John le Carré. I love Scandinavian Crime Fiction. style, it practically spits out sentences written in a staccato pace which provides huge energy. This is Roslund & Hellströms fifth novel starring Police Superintendent Ewert Grens. // The main character has calculated that it takes three seconds to die. Ewert Grens, an old schoo. When selecting this book, two things jump out as possible risks to a good read. The book is shared by two main characters. Roslund & Hellström’s previous novels have won several awards and great critical acclaim , and reached a … // Moreover, Three Seconds is awfully well told when it comes to Though it took me a while (50 pages? Roslund & Hellström’s previous novels have won several awards and great critical acclaim , and reached a large audience. But they reckoned without the indefatigable Grens, intent on solving his case all unaware of the secret agenda. Crime fiction rarely gets as good as this.” Sandwiched between the homicide investigation lead by the doggedly determined Grens and the ruthless Polish Mafia which will not hesitate to kill a snitch. “This thriller is brilliantly told … For a long time I have not read such a dark, depressing, melancholy – and brilliant book. But in the doggedly perceptive Ewert Grens, he has just made the most relentless of enemies. In addition, it is dreadfully suspenseful. The book is incessantly driven forward by the condensed language and intense plot.”, “Roslund & Hellström present 600 pages packed with drama. The title hints at the sense of 'real time' pacing of the story and the characters are ones that you grow to like/admire despite their human frailties. This is about a man name Akio who has three seconds till nightfall to say i love you to his wife before she disappear . Sometimes the level of detail seemed too heavy, but as a mechanism to lock you into the story it was perfect. *Starred Review*, “Duo's Three Seconds does Stieg Larsson one better. Fans of S. Larsson or Sjowall and Wahloo, those interested in the politics of policing and prison. // Three Seconds has it all. While Inspector Ewert Grens investigates the murder, Hoffman's Mafia masters want him in prison to take over drug operations there. “Roslund & Hellström write so convincingly that I for a moment think it all must be true. He realizes he is on his own, can trust no one, and that from the moment his double play is revealed he will become a huge liability for police and mafia alike. It¹s fast-paced and intensely suspenseful.”, “Three Seconds is incredibly skillfully constructed.”, “Roslund & Hellström’s strength is in the ability to handle the darkest mechanisms in us all with credibility, and to shape them and their hosts with empathy. And we all know that the competition in Sweden is serious business. And by the Polish mafia. Top-notch read for sure! Refined and narrated without clichés. Piet’s presence along with the novel’s savage dissection of societal and government corruption make “Three Seconds” a nerve-jangling ride and perhaps a kissing cousin of Larsson’s novels. And they do it with such devilish skill and engagement that I read their nearly 600-page book in one sitting.”, “Three Seconds is impossible to put down before one has finished it. And another, secret life in which he every single day risks losing everything. Three Seconds (Book) : Roslund, Anders : Ex-convict Piet Hoffman--a family man, a rising member of Stockholm's Polish mafia, and an undercover police informant--is sent to a maximum security prison to make himself the boss of the amphetamine trade so the police can shut it down. ~ ~ ~ “You have to be fucking kidding me, Lee Jeno!” Renjun screamed into his phone as he hurriedly grabbed his jacket, keys and wallet and stuffed his feet into a pair of shoes. PROTAGONIST: DI Ewert Grens; infiltrator Piet Hoffman, I love Scandinavian Crime Fiction. It is more than worth the night of sleep you’ll sacrifice at its altar. It's a riveting look at detective work, criminal minds, and the enormous risks, both physical and psychological, that both sides take in doing what they do. He has since risen to a fairly prominent position with a Polish gang, and is on the brink of being able to provide information to his handler that will bring the gang entire drug-smuggling operation down. // It’s brutal and uncomfortable, but worst of all is probably the feeling that this reality really exists, the authors have done formidable research for this book. Start by marking “Three Seconds (Grens & Sundkvist #5)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. To do so with elegance and clarity as well, is a unique achievement.”, “Roslund & Hellström handle the subject with outstanding knowledge and substantial gravity. …but it only took three seconds for Jaemin’s face to come into contact with the floor due to the chronic pain that was clawing at his back. 80? This is the first one I have read by these authors and it was fantastic. But, in the doggedly-perceptive Ewert Grens, he has just made the most relentless of enemies. The plot is extraordinarily It offers no suspicious servants, nobody wears an ascot, and it doesn't end with the entire cast (minus corpse) gathered around a dinner table for a shocking reveal. // They hold their readers in a tight grip and don’t evenlet go when the book comes to an end.”, “Three Seconds is this summer’s definite must-read when it comes to Swedish crime novels.”, “The strongest action thriller by Roslund & Hellström so far, impossible to put down before the unexpected end.”, “Roslund & Hellström appear to have parked, once and for all, on the pinnacle of the Swedish crime writing elite. This is the second book in the series that I've read by these Swedish authors. Relentless Inspector Grens orders the sniper to fire and then has to unravel the strange behavior of Hoffman. It is good but not the best Scandinavian crime fiction you can read. It is also the dazzling duo Roslund & Hellströms best so far. Gun play, explosions, betrayals and the ingenious ways drugs and weapons are smuggled into prisons give this novel, Roslund & Hellström's fifth, an eau de testosterone level that's through the roof.”, “Three Seconds, the title, is the time in the book that a shot being fired hits its target. THREE SECONDS. The novel starts a little haltingly, introducing you to the different players in the story. 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. Names we will definitely be hearing a lot more of in this country. The most annoying aspect was the constant repetition of information - more editing please! One with a beloved wife and two small boys, a family he will protect no matter what the cost. The premise is that former drug addict and ex-con Piet Hoffman was recruited by the cops while still in jail to become an informant. It's a contemporary look at the ambiguities in Sw. Scandinavian crime fiction has been hot for many years now, but in the wake of the unexpected success of the Steig Larsson books, it appears to be even more ubiquitous. January 4th 2011 Hoffman moves skillfully, like a chess master who anticipates his opponent's moves and plans his strategy accordingly. 100?) Hoffmann must desperately maintain his cover, or else he is a dead man walking. Three Seconds by Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström, unknown edition, In this superb translation, Sweden's latest contribution to crime writing tackles some weighty subjects -- specifically, the nature of identity, the Swedish police force's use of civilians in its operations, and the safekeeping of its prisoners -- as it twists, turns, and hurdles towards its conclusion. For the last 300+ pages, I couldn't put it down. A secret arm of the law agrees, and offers him and his family protection and new identities for breaking the drug operations of the Mafia in the Swedish prison system. Can't get enough of DCI Ewert Grens? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. American fans of crime novels will be pleased with Three Seconds, a complex and surprising novel that was not only 2009’s Swedish Crime Novel of the year, but also is still a European bestseller. Book Review – Three Seconds. I won this hot-off-the-torturous-translation-table Swedish thriller in a goodreads giveaway contest. It stars Joel Kinnaman as the title character, alongside Rosamund Pike , Common , Ana de Armas , and Clive Owen . We’d love your help. doi: 10.1002/ajh.23338. Welcome back. Piet Hoffman, Swedish undercover police informer, has climbed very high in the ranks of the Polish Mafia when he haplessly witnesses a murder during a drug deal gone terribly wrong. Then check out Cell 8, named by the Sunday Times as one of the 60 Best Thrillers and Crime Novels of the Past 6 Years. I found the stance against informants getting away with crimes. The authors have something to say, and Three Seconds proves to be an excellent way of doing it.”, “The writing team of Roslund and Hellström is one that is made in heaven ... Three Seconds is challenging, exciting and haunting. But this book, written collaboratively by a former journalist and former criminal. to get into the book, once it took hold it didn't let go. by Silveroak. ** Anders Roslund and Börge Hellströms latest crime novel Three Seconds is an intensely moving, explosive, and strong story. This is pure straight up Crime Fiction, no chaser, no apologies.”, “Harsh and brutal ... Non-stop and the tension unlimited ... Well-written and powerful.”, “Three Seconds invites comparison with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. 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