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Three Seconds [Format Kindle]

Roslund , Hellstrom , Kari Dickson

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Piet Hoffmann is the Swedish police force's best undercover operative. Not even his family know of his double identity. Yet when a drug deal with the Polish mafia goes fatally wrong, his secret life begins to crumble around him.


Detective Inspector Ewert Grens is charged with investigating the drug-related killing. Unaware of Hoffmann's true identity, he believes himself to be on the trail of a dangerous psychopath.


Hoffmann must desperately maintain his cover; else he is a dead man walking. But, in the doggedly-perceptive Ewert Grens, he has just made the most relentless of enemies.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2278 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 500 pages
  • Editeur : Quercus (3 février 2011)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 184916150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849161503
  • ASIN: B0045OW4OM
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Harrowing, finely tuned suspense 4 janvier 2011
Par R. Larkin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Piet Hoffman, Swedish undercover police informer, has climbed very high in the ranks of the Polish Mafia when he haplessly witnesses a murder during a drug deal gone terribly wrong. While Inspector Ewert Grens investigates the murder, Hoffman's Mafia masters want him in prison to take over drug operations there. A secret arm of the law agrees, and offers him and his family protection and new identities for breaking the drug operations of the Mafia in the Swedish prison system. But they reckoned without the indefatigable Grens, intent on solving his case all unaware of the secret agenda.

A stunningly well-written police procedural meets thriller meets psychological suspense novel; this book succeeds in all three genres. At times the suspense was so well drawn, and had so drawn me in, that I had to put the book aside for awhile to regain my composure. The details of the drug trade, particularly the description of the 'mules' in the early chapters, were disgusting to read but nonetheless set the story up perfectly.

This gritty, breathtaking story of colliding cases featuring corrupt officials, a barely sane investigator, and a nimble and likable ex-con has lingered in my mind.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fast-paced and compelling thriller 4 janvier 2011
Par F. Harrison - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you like the tale of political corruption of the American counterpart Gods of Ruin or the dark mysteries of Steig Larsson, you will enjoy this action-packed thriller. It's the second in the series, but it is easily a stand alone. And those wacky Swedes do it again! For such a small country, Sweden is like 1920s Chicago when it comes to crime, at least as far as these books make it seem. The protagonist, Grens is put on a murder case early, which leads nowhere, but eventually picks up in conjunction with a conspiracy of Polish drug cartels and former Swedish government officials focused in the nation's prisons.

It's a very compelling book, but that could be because of the unique writing style of almost note-like sentences, followed by full descriptive paragraphs. In that sense, Three Seconds is almost a work of art on two levels--the story and the actual book itself.

If you enjoy a complex take of intrigue and fascinating characters, or if you ran out of Larsson books, you will dig this.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An intense & suspenseful thriller. 4 janvier 2011
Par Jessica Martinez - Publié sur Amazon.com
I received an ARC of "Three Seconds" for B&N's First Look book club.

Wow. What an intense book!

Three Seconds tells the story of the role of criminal informants in Sweden in infiltrating the criminal underworld. Piet Hoffman is an ex-criminal and an informant for the Swedish police, attempting to help them infiltrate the drug trade of the Polish mafia. We open at the scene of a botched drug buy that results in a murder, which veteran police investigator Ewert Grens is assigned to investigate. But because the use of informants is a well-kept secret, Grens finds details that don't quite add up and begins to suspect there may be more than meets the eye... As Grens gets closer to the truth, Piet is more and more in danger as he attempts to infiltrate and secure the drug trade in the Swedish prisons. For Piet, success means being able to go back to his family and start a new life with them; failure means certain death.

It took me a little while to really get into Three Seconds; the book is split into five sections, and the first two went by a little slowly. It took me several days to read the first 200 pages or so, but I ended up reading the last 250 pages in about a day! Once the action picked up in Part Three, there was no way to put the book down; it was relentless and so suspenseful that I had trouble setting it down for even a few minutes at a time. The first two parts are heavy on the backstory and character development, but I don't think that it was detrimental in any way (other than making for a slower read at first) because it made the characters more interesting and compelling in the later parts, and only added to the intensity of the action. By the end, I found myself cheering for Piet and crossing my fingers that he would make it out alive.

One of the things I found especially interesting in Three Seconds was the depth of description of both the police and criminal worlds. Roslund was a news reporter who specialized in criminal issues and Hellström was an ex-criminal, so they know a LOT about the issues they were writing about and the depth of their knowledge shows. I would recommend Three Seconds for fans of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy or anyone else who just wants a really good crime novel. I actually found myself enjoying this book even more than Larsson's books. I'm definitely going to seek out the other two of Roslund & Hellström's books that have been translated into English.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Long Slog to Get to the Better Part 24 janvier 2011
Par RogerinNYC - Publié sur Amazon.com
Gosh, I don't think this is a 5 star book. And if you're looking for something like the Stieg Larsson titles (all of which I devoured and loved), this surely isn't it. I don't know whether it's the translation or the original writing, but it is very much overwritten and melodramatic -- repeated stating of the obvious -- "he could die" -- "if he didn't do it, he would be dead"-- etc. The Scandinavian names and locations also get in the way more than they did with Larsson's efforts. Moreover, the main character, Ewert, is not particularly likable, and a lot of the other characterizations in the book (e.g., the Swedish police higher ups) are either perfunctory or clichéd.

The book is divided into 5 parts, and I was ready to abandon ship during the first two parts (which represent, according to my Kindle, about 40%). I will admit that the third part, and a good chunk of the fourth (maybe 40-80%) were compelling and finally had me turning the pages. But then the plot became predictable again and bogged down in the writing, although, overall, at least I wasn't struggling like I was through the beginning. So, thankful for small favors, at least.

Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't recommend this title. Not a good reward to time spent ratio. If you like thrillers, there are a lot of better ones out there -- and I will list some of my favorites so you can get a sense of whether or not you might share my judgment on this one and/or discover some new ones if you haven't tried them all: Stieg Larsson, Stephen Hunter, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Greg Iles, Vince Flynn, Barry Eisler (only his Rain novels), David Stone, Martin Cruz Smith, Gregg Hurwitz, Harlan Coben, Alex Berensen, Mark Greany, Nelson DeMille, Chuck Logan (his Phil Broker novels), Richard North Patterson, Thomas Perry, Dan Brown. For a thinking person's thriller, I think my absolute favorite these days is anything by Michael Gruber (start with The Good Son). Noah Boyd's debut effort (The Bricklayer)is excellent too. If you want a foreign flavor, try anything by Simon Kernick (not hefty weight, but total page turners).

By the way, I got the Kindle version of this while traveling in London. For some reason, it doesn't seem to be available, at least yet, in Amazon's US store (although it is available for the Nook -- go figure)
23 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Tour De Force Crime Thriller 4 janvier 2011
Par Diana Keeler - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a dark, compelling, high octane read with vivid, intriguing characters that will linger in your mind long after you close the book.

A murder in Stockholm appears to be the bloody result of a drug deal gone wrong. Ex con turned undercover operative Piet Hoffmann--a man who wants a normal life with his wife and sons--is being used by the government and police to infiltrate the Polish mafia's drug operation. In order to complete his assignment Hoffmann must go inside a maximum security prison, but when finds himself linked to the killing of another undercover agent posing as a dealer, the police and the mafia want him dead. As the clock ticks the tension ratchets up until the explosive conclusion.

If you like morally complex thrillers and, especially, if you like Stieg Larsson, you'll love Three Seconds.
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