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Denna gång är det Wall Street Journal som skrivit en fin recension.
“Just as the British in Sayers’s heyday dominated the mystery-writing business, it sometimes seems that we’re now living in the age of Scandinavian detective fiction. The latest addition to the category is ”Three Seconds” by the Swedish collaborators Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom.
In this sprawling and often gripping thriller—an international best-seller translated by Kari Dickson—two factions of Swedish law enforcement come into unwitting conflict. One operation, led by a young, dynamic police detective, has worked for nine years to infiltrate the upper ranks of a major drug-smuggling gang. Another cop squad, headed by a more tradition-bound detective, persists in a murder investigation that, if success ful, will jeopardize the long-running undercover project. Yet dropping the murder investigation would mean a dereliction of duty.
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.” (Mr. Hellstrom’s bio graphical credit describes him as an ”ex-criminal.”) And in Ewert Grens, the veteran policeman whose dogged devotion to his work conflicts with the desires of situational ethicists in the department, the authors have created an eccentric, alienated, socially inept hero worthy of comparison with Swedish mystery master Henning Mankell’s Inspector Kurt Wallander.”
-Wall Street Journal