Three Seconds

Three Seconds

Book - 2010
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Ex-convict Piet Hoffman is the Swedish police's most valuable secret operative. His cover is that of a lieutenant inside the ruthless Polish mafia trying to take over amphetamine distribution within Sweden's prison system. When a botched drug deal involving Hoffman results in the cold-blooded killing of a police informant, the investigation, assigned to the brilliant but haunted Detective Inspector Ewert Grens, leads to a string of unsolved cases in which key information has been withheld. As Grens's investigation takes him closer to the truth, government lies are exposed and Hoffman is trapped in prison, wanted dead by both the police and the mafia. He has only one chance to make it out alive and start a new life. One chance and three seconds.
Publisher: New York : Silver Oak, c2010
ISBN: 9781402785924
Branch Call Number: FIC ROSLUND
Characteristics: 489 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Hellström, Börge 1957-
Dickson, Kari


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Oct 22, 2018

Long and complicated. I read this because I had already read the second of the series, that being "Three Hours" (I think). I wanted to see how the characters in #2 got to where they were based on the events in this one. The second was the best in my opinion. Will probably read the next one assuming another is published. I have not checked to see if that has happened. I am guessing it would be called "Three Days"?

Apr 16, 2018

For me, their book Cell 8 was great & Box 21 was very good.
But this one for me was frustrating to read - somewhat repetitive & over long and just not easy to get through because not clear & concise enough - sometimes dialog that I wasn't sure who was speaking. A good story that I wished was just told simply.

Dec 22, 2014

Swedish noir in a gritty world of drug dealers, informants, and convicts. The pacing is masterfully constructed, but a straightforward plot doesn't leave much room for mystery.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This is a suspense-filled thriller originally published in Swedish. It involves undercover police work and the efforts of an investigator named Ewert Grens to unravel a crime while others are trying to cover up official involvements. The climax of the story leads you to the edge of your seat as explosions rock a notorious jail."

Jul 04, 2012

Excellent read...the plot is well thought out and written.

Mar 23, 2012

Excellent book, with a great main character--Ewart Grens. He is methodical and gets the answer to the mystery in his own way. Well written.

Dec 27, 2011

Excellent. Couldn't put it down.

jw126 Oct 14, 2011

Portions of book about police procedure except content more interesting than Larsson's last 2 books, which related to police procedure and at times quite boring. Gripping story. Characters were better defined than Larsson's characters as well.

debwalker Feb 02, 2011

It's like Traffic on the Swedish-Polish border, but everything from the weather to the criminals' hearts is a little colder.

Three Seconds was named Sweden's top crime novel of 2009.

Hoping for another Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," New Regency has acquired Three Seconds, the fifth novel in a bestselling Swedish crime novel series by Anders Roslund and Bonge Hellstrom. The author team is intriguing - one's a former journalist, the other an ex-criminal.


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