Saturday, December 18, 2010

"Three Seconds" by Roslund and Hellstrom

Drugs, murder, infiltrators, prison, corruption – all this and more can be found within the pages of “Three Seconds” by Roslund and Hellstrom. Piet Hoffman is a former criminal turned infiltrator for the police, who is trying to do his part in getting mafia control of the drug trade out of Aspsas prison. Ewert Grens is a police detective who while haunted by the death of his wife, is pulled into the investigation at the prison. What does it mean to be burned while you are in prison? What happens to the recordings Piet made? Where is the line between the good and bad guys?  Will Ewert Grens be one of the few good guys left standing at the end?

While the book picked up in the middle and sped to the end, I had a hard time getting into it. It seemed that the authors spent a little too much time setting things up for me. I also didn’t like all the darkness and maliciousness that seemed pervasive in the characters whether they were the police or high ranking government officials or prisoners. They were always thinking that “the end justifies the means.” This book makes good reading for dark crime novel fans, and does make for interesting group discussions as we found in the First Look program at Barnes and Noble. I thank them for the opportunity to read and discuss this ARC.

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