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THREE SECONDS Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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In the Barren Ground
Rookie cop Tana Larsson must track a killer—but can she survive the wild and frozen dark? Learn More
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What makes this book unique is that the reader is given all of the information as it happens. You know who the killer is from the beginning, you know which cops are skirting the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr Doctor
If you like thrillers written for 12 year olds, this one's for you!!Published 11 months ago by Chris Summerscales
Suspenseful with great plot. Writing keeps the reader engaged. A definite page turner.Published 16 months ago by STOMAN
Three Seconds is a Swedish crime thriller where an ex-con, Piet Hoffman, has been working deep undercover for the Swedish police infiltrating the Polish Mafia operating in Sweden. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Carl Alves
Gripping, edge of your seat suspense. Amazingly, realistically flawed and very human characters. Totally blown away. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dexter and Trixie VanDerSnoot
I have commented on this book on several occasions. I DID NOT GET THIS BOOK FOR MYSELF!! The person I got it for has recommended that I read it, but you know how that goes. Read morePublished 23 months ago by G. Davis
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have a slight memory of seeing a film based on this book some years ago. Brendan RooneyPublished 23 months ago by Brendan Rooney