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Publisher's Summary

In this dark and gripping novel from number-one best-selling Swedish writing duo Roslund and Hellström, Piet Hoffman is the Swedish police’s most valuable secret operative. His cover is that of a lieutenant inside the ruthless Polish mafia, trying to take over amphetamine distribution within Sweden’s prison system. With this, his most dangerous assignment, success will mean a new identity and the freedom to start a new life with his wife and young sons.
When a botched drug deal involving Hoffman results in the cold-blooded killing of a police informant, the investigation, assigned to the brilliant but haunted Detective Inspector Ewert Grens, leads to a string of unsolved cases in which key evidence has been withheld under mysterious circumstances. As Grens’s investigation takes him closer to the truth, government lies are exposed and Hoffman is trapped in prison, wanted dead by both the police and the mafia. He has only one chance to make it out alive and start a new life. One chance and Three Seconds.
An audiobook with extraordinary insights and totally unexpected plots twists, Three Seconds is an intensely suspenseful thriller in which people in all positions of society are put to the test. Three Seconds was a number-one best-seller in Sweden and the winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ 2009 award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year.
©2011 Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Named the Swedish Crime Novel of the Year in 2009, Three Seconds puts Roslund and Hellstrom in the company of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. Crime fiction rarely gets as good as this." ( Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Howard on 02-28-11

Forget the comparision - enjoy the read

If your only reason to get this book is because you liked Stieg Larsson's work, do yourself a favor and move along. However, if you would like a story to enjoy for a while, I recommend Three Seconds. Yes, it's set in Sweden (for the most part); but the story could take place anywhere police use confidential informants to break apart organized crime. The story ends with some interesting twists. a few which are certainly predictable, others were unexpected and some are unbelievable. You could certainly waste your credit on a much less enjoyable piece.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen on 02-29-12

Three Seconds Grips to End

Would you consider the audio edition of Three Seconds to be better than the print version?

Three Seconds is a great book. The negative reviews are those who have no patience for a real detective procedural/thriller. The story is flawless, brilliant. I've listened to over 600 books from Audible, this is in my top 5 now. The beginning is hard, strange names, characters not revealed in an instant. This is how real life works in the upper reaches of power, as well as how good men and women find the truth. What would you give up in your life to live? What would powerful people do to you if their crimes were about to be discovered, how would you behave? What secrets could you have, reveal, use? If you thought Prison Break TV was good, this is far superior. Part 5 of the book is the one of the best endings of a book I've read in years. In the beginning the names are difficult (less so in a paper book) and take a while to fix in your mind's eye. This is better than Stieg Larsson's last two books. If you read Lee Child, James Patterson, or any of the American authors at the top of the list, this is better. While Michael Connolly comes to mind, this story is more sophisticated. Enjoy.

What did you like best about this story?

Carefully revealed character, story line and the innumerable surprises that astonish

Which scene was your favorite?

Part Five

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All of the above

Any additional comments?

The characters become alive and live in your mind, a tribute to the authors

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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