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Praise for Three Seconds

May 24, 2009

“Three Seconds is impossible to put down before one has finished it.
This novel is not only Roslund & Hellström’s best one so far, it is also
constructed with such suspense that it outshines most of the international
– Expressen

””Roslund & Hellström are in a league of their own. They write about a
cold, violent world that most of us know nothing about. And [they do it]
with such devilish skill and engagement that I read their nearly 600-page
book in one sitting.””
– Aftonbladet

””Roslund & Hellström’s new thriller Three Seconds grabs you right from the
start. /…/ It’s brutal and uncomfortable, but worst of all is probably the
feeling that this reality really exists, the authors have done formidable
research for this book. /…/ But above all Three Seconds is a well-written,
suspenseful and terribly good story.””
– Göteborgs-Tidningen

“”Roslund & Hellström’s latest book is terrifyingly good. /…/ [The main
character] has calculated that it takes three seconds to die. In the same
amount of time the book accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h and in a dizzying
pace this crime roller coaster has reached full speed.””
– Eskilstuna Kuriren

””Roslund och Hellström prove that Swedish crime fiction is part of the
definitive world elite right now. In addition, [Three Seconds] is
undoubtedly their best book so far. 592 pages generate respect, but there
are no tedious passages and it never comes to a standstill … infinitely
– Kristianstadsbladet

““[A] strong and well-written crime novel with both significance and
terrifying suspense. [It is] a pleasure to plow through the 592 pages.””
– Dagens Industri (5 of 5)

“”[Three Seconds] is in parts so hair-raising that I have to put it down,
pace around the apartment to catch my breath, and try to calm down. /…/ It
is terribly good reading.””
– Västerbottens Folkblad

“”This is a real page-turner, which cost me a couple nights of troubled
sleep. It is also the dazzling duo Roslund & Hellström’s best so far. /…/
Roslund & Hellström have indeed won The Glass Key once before (for their
début The Beast), but Stieg Larsson was awarded it twice posthumously. So
it would certainly be appropriate to award the dazzling duo, that keep the
banner flying for Swedish, socially conscious thrillers, once again.””
– Värmlands Folkblad

“”Roslund & Hellström – you owe me a nights sleep. But those nocturne hours
could not have been spent in a better way. You are without a doubt
superior in the Swedish crime genre and you keep your readers in a tight
grip that one neither can nor wants to get out of.””
– Tove (5 of 5)

””This summers best crime novel. /…/ In the steady flow of Swedish
thrillers, [Roslund & Hellström] are the only ones who clearly uphold the
heritage of Sjöwall & Wahlöö. /…/ When [Three Seconds] is all over, the
reader has experienced an incredibly dramatic and moving journey that
doesn’t loosen it’s grip for a single second. The plot is extraordinarily
strong. The angle [on it] is created to really engage the reader in the
issue from every viewpoint. And at the same time the dramaturgical
structure is brilliant. This is, according to myself, their best since
their début. And I consider the three novels in between really good.””
– Länstidningen i Östersund

““[Roslund & Hellström] have now published five books and [they] are among
the best one can read. The series with the obstinate superintendent Ewert
Grens is simply unbeatable in comparison with other contemporary crime
novels. And we all know that the competition in Sweden is serious
business. /…/ Three Seconds has it all. It is characterization of the
highest degree. /…/ I am deeply impressed by them.””
– Gefle Dagblad

“”Roslund & Hellström just keep getting better.””
– Må Bra (4 of 5)

““Three Seconds is – just as its predecessors – very well-written, in a
prose that is a joy for the soul. None of the increasingly inept language
of crime writing can be found here. Every page wants to turn itself and it
takes a great deal of willpower to put it down. /…/ Three Seconds is a
fascinating journey into a world that is very far removed from our ideas
of it.””
– Folkbladet

““I read it in one sitting and 592 pages went by in no time! Anders Roslund
and Börge Hellström’s latest crime novel Three Seconds is an intensely
moving, explosive, and strong story. /…/ Three Seconds takes me straight
into a world that I hardly knew existed, but that I have no problems
believing in. /…/ Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström are a fantastic author
duo that in one crime novel after another very authentically portray
Swedish reality, from a vital view point of crime, punishment, and
revenge. /…/ Moreover, Three Seconds is awfully well told when it comes to
style, it practically spits out sentences written in a staccato pace which
provides huge energy. /…/ The crime wave has come a long way and I have
read a whole lot. But nothing has so far made such an impression as Three
Seconds. The subject is just as explosive and blazing as the jacket cover
and I totally recommend it to everybody!””
– Skånska Dagbladet
“[Roslund & Hellström] handle the subject with outstanding knowledge and
substantial gravity. In addition, it is dreadfully suspenseful. /Š/ I might
as well say it again: if a better Swedish thriller were to be published this
year, it would make 2009 a brilliant year for the domestic crime novel. And
I would be pretty surprised.”
– Sydsvenska Dagbladet

“[Roslund & Hellström¹s] strength is in the ability to handle the darkest
mechanisms in us all with credibility, and to shape them and their hosts
with empathy. To do so with elegance and clarity as well, is a unique
– Göteborgs Posten

“[Three Seconds] is incredibly skillfully constructed.”
– DAST Magazine

“Roslund & Hellström present 600 pages packed with drama. It¹s fast-paced
and intensely suspenseful.”
– Norra Västerbotten

“Hard to put down? Absolutely. The book is incessantly driven forward by the
condensed language and intense plot.”
– Läns-Posten

“Roslund & Hellström appear to have parked, once and for all, on the
pinnacle of the Swedish crime writing elite. Their ability to weave in
social commitment and with the help of fiction take a stand in important
issues is fascinating. In this regard I can only think of one author they
don¹t outshine quite yet ­ John le Carré. /Š/ The plot is hair-raising and
awfully suspenseful. Roslund & Hellström have outdone themselves once
– Mariestads Tidingen

“The strongest action thriller by Roslund & Hellström so far, impossible to
put down before the unexpected end.”
– Dagens Nyheter

“Three Seconds is this summer¹s definite must-read when it comes to Swedish
crime novels.”
– Journalisten

“[Roslund & Hellström] write so convincingly that I for a moment think it
all must be true. /Š/ They hold their readers in a tight grip and don¹t even
let go when the book comes to an end.”
– Blekinge Läns Tidning