Three Seconds

The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The latest book from Roslund & Hellström is about the crooked dealings between the Swedish police and their well-placed informants. Ex-con Piet Hoffman, now a “covert human intelligence source” for the Stockholm police, is deeply implanted into the Polish Mafia.  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.
When Hoffman is involved in a fouled-up drug deal that leads to murder, investigating detective Ewert Grens inadvertently threatens to wreck the operation. Afraid that Hoffman will disclose the Swedish government’s illegal involvement in his assignment, his handlers blow his cover while he’s trapped in Aspsås prison,a maximum-security lockup. With the Swedish police, the Swedish government, and the Polish Mafia all wanting him dead, Hoffman utilizes Grens in his plan for escape from Aspsås.
In 2009, “Three Seconds” was awarded the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for Swedish Crime Novel of the Year, previously won by both Steig Larsson and Henning Mankell.  The book was also a Top 10 bestseller for eight months in Sweden.  Swedish crime fiction fans should not miss this one!

Book Details: Published by SilverOak (January 4, 2011), 496 pages, ISBN: 978-1402785924