Three Minutes (A Ewert Grens Thriller, 6) Paperback – July 10, 2018
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"A graphic portrayal of a dirty, ugly slice of life . . . Recommended for anyone seeking to know more about the drug cartels that threaten society."
―New York Journal of Books
"Roslund and Hellstrom accomplish what many thrillers do not do--create an intriguing main character who, despite his actions, is entirely human, and his flaws bleed onto the page."
―Cemetery Dance Magazine
"The descriptions of the drug culture and the amoral character of its various people are gripping, as are the insights into the thinking and actions of police officials and US politicians . . . The sixth and newest in the DCI Ewert Grens series, it is written with power when necessary and delicacy when appropriate; this is a novel to be savored."― Spinetingler Magazine
Praise for Three Seconds
"Twisty plot makes for propulsive reading."
"A sprawling and often gripping thriller . . . The gritty details of drug dealing, of prison life, and of the relations between cops and informants are all rendered with convincing authority in Three Seconds."
―Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
"A thrill-a-minute cat-and-mouse game . . . A grimly amoral tale."
―Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Tension? This one's so taut you might snap."―Sunday Sport
"Cleverly crafted and intricately plotted, it's a heart-thumping action thriller that grips the reader from start to finish."―Choice Magazine
About the Author
- Publisher : Quercus; Reprint edition (July 10, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1681444127
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681444123
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.25 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,489,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a lengthy, complex, and violent thriller that derives its power from vivid figurative language, unpredictable twists and turns, and a stinging indictment of cynical and self-serving government officials in three continents. Piet knows that, ultimately, he can rely on no one but himself, since promises are made to be broken. Roslund and Hellström transport us to dense, insect-ridden jungles, and horrify us with accounts of Colombian boys trained to carry out assassinations in exchange for cash from drug lords. Timothy Crouse, the United States Speaker of the House, has a personal reason to despise drugs and those who peddle them for profit. He pays a visit to Colombia to oversee operations that he helped fund, not realizing that he is placing himself and his security force in grave peril.
This novel requires intense concentration, a large investment of time, and a strong stomach for scenes of murder and torture. "Three Minutes" is a powerful tale that conveys how cynicism and greed can motivate people to commit malicious and immoral acts. The characters are well-rounded—even Johnny shows occasional flashes of humanity—and Roslund and Hellström infuse their narrative with intriguing details about satellite imagery; encrypted communications; and even an undetectable way of smuggling cocaine. The book's last page is stunning and unexpected; it left me bewildered and disheartened. I am still pondering the finale.
Top reviews from other countries
Things turn bad when a top ranking government official, who is responsible for utilising intelligence and neutralising gangs/shipments is kidnapped and held hostage in the jungle. A hit list of gang members is subsequently produced- the government intends to eliminate those on the list and Hoffmann finds himself on the list and again double crossed.
Ewert Grens is tasked by his boss, in Sweden, to travel to Columbia to save Hoffmann and his family. Ewart had, unbeknown to him, also been used by the corrupt officials in Sweden.
A truly realistic plot and characters. The violence surrounding the drug cartels is totally believable. The storyline kept the pace from start to finish. If I had to criticise, it would be that there wasn’t enough of Ewert, who is such an interesting police character, with true human defects and high intelligence. A must read.