Roslund and Hellstrom are Sweden's most acclaimed fiction duo.Award-winning journalist Anders Roslund is the founder and former head of Kulturnyheterna (Culture News) on Swedish television, and for many years worked as a news reporter - specializing in criminal and social issues - and as an Editor-in-chief at Rapport and Aktuellt, Sweden's two foremost news programmes.Borge Hellstrom is an ex-convict who brings a unique insight into the brutal reality of criminal life. He now works with the rehabilitation of young offenders and drug addicts, and is one of the founders of the crime prevention organization KRIS (Criminals Return Into Society).Their DCI Ewert Grens novels have won the Glass Key Award, the Best Swedish Crime Novel award, the CWA International Dagger, appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, been translated into 31 different languages, and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Visit them at www.roslund-hellstrom.com.
A mesmerising crime narrative - IndependentA powerful, multi-layered novel - GuardianFor crime with a political purpose, it's hard to beat Cell 8 by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, where an outburst of violence on a late-night ferry heading for Sweden links to the fate of an American on death row. - Sunday TimesCell 8 is marked by the same surprise element that made their earlier novel, Three Seconds, such a spectacular read. - Time Out
It would be hard to miss the tidal wave of Nordic noir gaining popularity in American mystery circles. The Swedish writing partnership of Roslund and Hellstrom (a criminologist and an ex-criminal, respectively) has produced a series featuring Detective Inspector Ewert Grens of the Stockholm police. Available in English translation only now, this title was originally published in Sweden in 2006. The action starts rolling with the arrest of John Schwartz, a musician on the ferry running between Stockholm and Finland, for assaulting a passenger. He eventually is found to have assumed this identity-in actuality, he is escaped con John Meyer Frey, who fled death row in Marcusville, OH, six years earlier. How this was accomplished, the reasons for it, and Frey's journey from Sweden back to death row fill out the novel. Also included is a bit of social commentary on the evils of the death penalty. VERDICT Although the action is gripping, the narrative point of view jumps around, which is a challenge for the otherwise adequate reading by Christopher Lane. Overall, a solid purchase for fiction collections. ["Those who appreciate socially conscious crime fiction should be intrigued by this European take on a hot-button American topic," read the review of the Silver-Oak: Sterling hc, LJ 11/1/11.-Ed.]-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.