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Pen 33 (Ewert Grens Thriller)


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Award-winning journalist Anders Roslund and ex-con B rge Hellstr m are Sweden's most acclaimed crime-fiction duo. Their unique ability to combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots has put them at the forefront of modern Scandinavian crime writing. Three Seconds was awarded the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger Award and the Best Swedish Crime Novel Award, previously won by both Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, and it was a New York Times bestseller.


"It's like Traffic on the Swedish-Polish border, but everything from the weather to the criminals' hearts is a little colder."--People Magazine
"Provocative . . . The masterful writing and cleverly constructed layers make a handsome reward for those who can bear the graphic, first-person descriptions of murders."--Booklist (Starred Review)
"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
"The twisty plot makes for propulsive reading."--Entertainment Weekly
"Gritty and frequently chilling . . . Pen 33 is a disturbing novel as it indicates that events cannot always be seen in black-and-white."
--New York Journal of Books

Winner of The Glass Key 2005 for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year
Praise for Roslund & Hellstrom

"A thrill-a-minute cat and mouse game . . . A grimly amoral tale."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Blistering . . . Roslund and Hellstr m force [readers] to consider who in this denunciation of governmental policies and practices are the victims and who are the criminals."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Of all the books in the series, this is arguably the most important and controversial one . . . Roslund and Hellstr m's brutal collaboration provides stark and unforgettable imagery, and raises questions that aren't easily answered to anyone's satisfaction."
--Joe Hartlaub, The Bookreporter

"Known for the social consciousness they bring to their [books], Roslund and Hellstr m depict a world riddled by abuse . . . This is no standard thriller. [They] chill the bone with their account of a monstrous pedophile."
--Kirkus Reviews

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