Joyce W. (Rochester, MN)
A Good Thriller
You need to stick with this one and you will be rewarded. I almost stopped reading when Piet entered prison expecting gratuitous violence; but then the action began. Good tension is created as flawed and realistic characters expose corruption and seek to find answers. A satisfying ending.
Barbara S. (Glen Ellyn, Illinois)
Authors Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom have written a book, Three Seconds, of an amazing adventure involving "good" guys and "bad" guys, police and criminals, who don't necessarily fall into the assumed "correct category". The entangled plot will keep you on the edge from the beginning to the end. This book is excellent - I highly recommend it to all BookBrowse readers.
Anne G. (Byram, MS)
Do You Like Stieg Larsson? You'll Like This!
Like a fast moving roller coaster through a cold dark night, this thriller speeds along from the very first page to the explosive end. A drug deal resulting in an execution brings in Detective Inspector Ewert Grens, a complex man with his own set of private problems. At the center of the drug deal gone bad is Piet Hoffman who has infiltrated a high level drug organization. When Hoffman is sent to prison, he soon discovers he's wanted dead by both the drug gang and the police. Lots of twists and turns in this story, and characters are not always what they seem. A compelling read that once started, readers will be hard pressed to put down, because who knows what will happen next. Recommended for those who enjoy thrillers and Swedish Noir.
Jane N. (Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey)
This is a really good read that is hard to put down once you start it ! There are more plot twists and turns than the back alleys of any major city !I liked how the characters were developed and how I kept changing my mind about them as the story progressed. I can see why this is an award winning book. I will definitely look for more works by these authors.
This book confirms what we learned from Stieg Larsson - Sweden is a dangerous place! Although there is a lot of action, this is primarily a psychological thriller that gets into the minds of the ex-con working with the police on a complex mafia-busting effort, and of the detective investigating a major crime without knowledge of that effort or the ex-con's involvement. Both major characters are complex and interesting, and there are no bright lines between right and wrong.
Mary R. (Eagan, Minnesota)
Three Seconds, More Like Three Centuries
I was excited to get this book because the authors had been touted as the next Steig Larsson. I had read Larsson’s three books and then read them again because they are so excellent. I did a little research on Three Seconds and discovered that it is fifth in a series. Only four, including Three Seconds, are available in English.
From the first page, I had trouble with Three Seconds. This book does not appear to be completely stand-alone. I spent far too much time wondering why Ewert Grens was so tormented and what was up with the music, the death of the woman in the nursing home, and boxing up everything that reminded him of her and hiding it in the evidence locker at the police station.
The plot was compelling and the characters were flawed and intriguing, so it took me a while to determine that the major problem is the translation. I thought that if I made it to the point where Piet went into prison the story would pick up for me, but I finally gave up just before he went inside. The words on the page are all correct, but they are in the wrong place and there are far too many of them to make flowing sense. It is as if the translator literally translated from Swedish to English without taking into account word order. Words are also translated into English without regard to English colloquialisms, making some of the phrases understandable, but incorrect. For example, the one phrase that comes to mind is “it was a 9mm caliber Radon” – in English we would not put millimeter and caliber together; caliber is redundant. Perhaps it would have been better if Reg Keeland had translated the book, as he did the three Larsson books.
I gave this book to my husband thinking that he might like it better than I did. He made it five pages farther than I did and gave up, too. Sadly, I think that this book is one instance where the movie will be better than the book. I understand that Universal Studios has picked up the movie rights…
Christine B. (St Paul, MN)
Three Heart Stopping Seconds
I absolutely loved this book- I would recommend it highly. It is very fast paced and I found myself reading faster and faster to find out what happens. I have since ordered his other book "Box 21" that is available in the U.S. If you like crime, intrigue, espionage,etc. you will love this. It would make a great movie!