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Three Seconds: Ewert Grens 4
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Award-winning journalist Anders Roslund and ex-criminal Boerge Hellstroem are Sweden's most acclaimed fiction duo. Their unique ability to combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots has put them at the forefront of modern Scandinavian crime writing.

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Ex-con Piet Hoffmann, who for the past nine years has led a double life as a family man and a police snitch infiltrating the Stockholm drug world, takes on his most dangerous assignment yet in Roslund and Hellstrom's thrilling follow-up to Box 21. Hoffmann must go undercover at AspsAs, a maximum security prison, and take control of the methamphetamine sales so the police can dismantle the spread of drugs from the inside out. The murder of a man during one of Hoffmann's preliminary meetings with the members of Wojtek, the local Polish mafia, threatens the entire plan and puts Det. Supt. Ewert Grens, the returning hero from Box, on the case. Once Hoffmann steps inside the prison walls all hell breaks loose, and he's forced to fend for himself when it appears that everyone on either side of the law wants him dead. The authors ratchet the suspense beautifully right up to the final, inevitable confrontation. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Swedish duo Roslund and Hellstrom (www.roslund-hellstrom.com) return with the adventures of Detective Inspector Ewert Grens, last seen in Box 21 (2009), a title not currently available on audio. Here, Grens is inadvertently about to expose the undercover work of the Swedish police and their most valuable operative, Piet Hoffman, as they attempt to thwart a drug operation in prison. Hoffman is determined that this be his final undercover job before he leaves this life behind; Grens just wants to solve a murder Hoffman may have witnessed. Audie Award winner Christopher Lane (Charlie Wilson's War) does a fine job of bringing to life the cast of primarily male characters, reserving a lower, stilted voice for the book's villains. Recommended for all fans of Scandinavian crime fiction. ["Give this to Stieg Larsson fans and any reader fond of morally complex thrillers," read the review of the SilverOak hc, LJ 12/10, which was a No. 1 best seller in Sweden and won that country's 2009 award for best crime novel; the SilverOak pb will be released in September.-Ed.]-Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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