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Three Second by Roslund & Hellstrom (Review #2)

Reviewed by Mary Evans

Three Seconds by Roslund & HellstromReviewed by Mary Evans

What can you do in 3 seconds and why is it that important? The answer to that question and more had me at the start, when I first laid eyes on the title of this crime novel. I remember I started running down a mental list of things that could happen in 3 seconds… I didn’t even get close to the answer this novel reveals.

Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellstrom is a ride into the Swedish underground crime scene to learn about the corruption, code of conduct and people who live there. Just ask yourself one question, am I talking about the criminals or the police? That’s a question I asked myself several times while reading this riveting crime drama.

Piet Hoffman is one of the Swedish police’s most trusted informants. He is sent undercover to help investigate the Polish Mafia and illegal drug distribution. There is a meeting with the Polish and their ‘mules’ to arrest them in a drug deal. The meeting quickly turns into a murder of one of the players. The homicide division is dispatched to investigate but does not know about the drug informants involved in the case. Who was there and why were they murdered? Read the rest of this entry »

Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellstrom

Three Seconds by Roslund & HellstromReviewe by Teri Davis

Do all life threatening events come down to the three seconds it takes most of us to make a decision? Do those who do not hesitate have an advantage over those who think through their choices?

Informants can’t have an easy life while literally living in two worlds with the constant threat of death from one wrong move.

Piet Hoffman has worked for years as a police informant infiltrating the Polish mafia. As an ex-con, this opportunity actually put his real life back on track and allowed him to be successful financially while establishing a family including having two sons, who he truly loves. Even though he knows that his life is dangerous, Piet feels fortunate with his life until the incident.

In his role as an informant, Piet is placed in an awkward situation, either he is exposed or a policeman is killed during an illegal drug transaction. Even though many of the upper echelon of the police department are involved with the scenario, there are too many questions by those not directly involved. The questions cause the upper echelon to make a decision. Piet is to be permanently unavailable. The logical method is to have him arrested and to become the main drug supplier for the Polish mafia inside the prison system. Piet is guaranteed safety for this assignment.

Unfortunately, Ewert Grens, a Detective Inspector, will not let go of the investigation of the dead police officer. He decides to question Piet inside the prison. However, it is determined that Piet cannot be questioned and a burn notice is placed on him immediately.

This is an intense novel in which the action never stops. Granted that few of us are police informants, but the realism and the situations make this novel very genuine. The characters are logical and believable.

Rosland and Hellstrom are really Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström. Anders is a journalist and Börge has worked is an expert on the Swedish correctional system. Together they made their debut with THE BEAST in 2004. Their books are translated into German, English, and the Nordic languages. Read the rest of this entry »