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The Andalucian Friend

by Alexander Soderberg

The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Soderberg
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2013
    464 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Enemies Are Everywhere

When Sophie Brinkmann - nurse, widow, single mother - meets Hector Guzman, her life is uneventful.  She likes his quiet charm and easy smile; she likes the way he welcomes her into his family.  She quickly learns, though, that his smooth façade masks something much more sinister.

Guzman is the head of a powerful international crime ring with a reach into drugs and weapons that extends from Europe to South America.  His interests are under siege by a ruthless German syndicate who will stop at nothing to stake their claim.  But the Guzmans are fighters and will go to war to protect what's rightfully theirs.

The conflict quickly escalates to become a deadly turf war between the rival organizations that includes an itinerant arms dealer, a deeply disturbed detective, a vicious hit man, and a wily police chief.  Sophie, too, is unwittingly caught in the middle.  She must summon everything within her to navigate this intricate web of moral ambiguity, deadly obsession, and craven gamesmanship.

The Andalucian Friend is a powerhouse of a novel - turbo-charged, action-packed, highly sophisticated, and epic in scope - and announces Alexander Söderberg as the most exciting new voice in thrillers in a generation.

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"Starred Review. [An] excellent debut." - Publisher's Weekly

"Söderberg is masterful." - Kirkus

"Imagine The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Sopranos, then crank up the intrigue and rip off the knob. Alexander Söderberg has penned an awesome thriller you won't want to miss." - Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Black List

"One of the many wonderful things about Alexander Söderberg's novel, The Andalucian Friend, is how it upsets our expectations. His cops act like gangsters, while his gangsters (some of them) attain a startling sort of nobility; Söderberg has created an entertaining, engaging, and wonderfully bloody-minded world. He's a great storyteller. It's that simple." - Scott Smith, author of The Ruins

"The international cast is packed with compelling bad guys, the plot is intricate and urgent, and the dialogue is tense and true and sometimes even funny. A joy-ride of a read." - Chris Pavone, author of The Expats

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Alexander Söderberg has worked as a television screenwriter and lives in the countryside in the south of Sweden with his wife and children. The Andalucian Friend is his first novel.

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