Thursday, May 24, 2012
Book Review: Three Seconds
Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom is a gripping read. The writing style is spare, like its Swedish setting. The mule has to keep down his swallowed heroin packets as he rides a ferry to his (unexpected) death. From the opener to the final page, you will hold your breath and turn pages.
Piet Hoffmann, former petty criminal, is part of a Polish drug ring and also a secret informant for the Swedish police. As a husband and as a father to two small boys, he sweats over his dangerous mission. A botched drug deal leads to death, and a Swedish investigator (not included in the special project) is gaining fast on Piet's tale/tail. Lots of double crosses reveal corruption and Hoffmann has only his own wits, and prison knowledge, to keep himself and his family out of danger.
Page 10: The silence when someone hangs up mid-conversation is always deeply unnerving.
Three Seconds will unnerve you and keep you guessing and praying for Piet's life.