Piet Hoffman, the main character, is an ex-con, who has rather recently built a normal happy life and family - but suddenly is faced with entering Swedish prison as an undercover agent, in order to break up an underworld drug dealing ring. Once inside the Swedish prison, however, his police contacts mean absolutely nothing, and suddenly Hoffman`s whole carefully laid out plan begins to unravel. Another essential character in Three Seconds, Detective Inspector Ewert Grens of the Swedish police force, suddenly finds himself trying to solve multiple cases with odd missing pieces and answers hidden at every turn. With his own hidden demons, Detective Grens keeps pushing to solve the cases.
Three Seconds is a fabulous crime novel to read!! Well deserving of the Swedish Crime Novel award, Roslund & Hellstrom`s novel of the Swedish underworld has a great plot and intriguing well developed characters. The novel uncovers the many devious tactics police may use in order to gain their eventual arrests, as well as laying visible the criminal underworld and how it is quickly gaining control in prisons throughout the world. Piet Hoffman, however, is an extremely intelligent man in his own right and does everything he can think of to protect himself and ensure his eventual release from a jail cell. As the plot builds, so does the reader intrigue in how it will all turn out!
Translated to English by Kari Dickson, Three Seconds grabs your attention quickly, and with many underlying twists and turns, captivates you throughout.
I received this book for free to review from Goodreads, First reads.
- Publisher: SilverOak
- Date of Publication: 2010