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Two Soldiers

With over 4 million copies sold worldwide and translated in 28 languages "The New York Times "bestselling authors, ex-con Borge Hellstrom and investigative journalist Anders Roslund combine inside knowledge of the brutal realities of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots that have propelled them into the forefront of international crime writing. Now in "Two Soldiers" comes an explosive thriller of drugs, gang warfare, and two fatherless teenage boys on the wrong side of the law. In a bleak Stockholm suburb where juvenile gang crime is rapidly on the rise, two 19-year-old boys, best friends since third grade and drug addicts since age 9, have spent their young lives establishing a ruthless criminal enterprise--known as the Raby Warriors. With the recruitment of children as foot soldiers, the Warriors are now poised to become the most powerful syndicate in the region. Twenty years on the force, Jose Pereira now heads the Organized Crime and Gang Section in Raby. If it was not so deadly, Pereira might appreciate the absurdity of watching boys like Leon and Gabriel, raised on Hollywood images, morph themselves into characterizations of gangsters. After Leon and Gabriel execute a maximum-security prison break, in which a female guard is kidnapped and feared murdered, Pereira is joined in his investigation by Chief Superintendent Ewert Grens, whom Roslund and Hellstrom readers will recognize as the maverick detective who never gives up. For Grens, this case awakens troubled ghosts from his past. Soon all four men are on a violent collision course that will irrevocably change all their lives.
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Award-winning journalist Anders Roslund and ex criminal Borge Hellstrom are Sweden's most acclaimed contemporary 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.Translator Kari Dickson was born in Edinburgh, but grew up bilingual, as her mother is Norwegian. She has a BA in Scandinavian studies and an MA in translation. She currently teaches in the Scandinavian department at the University of Edinburgh.


"Suspenseful and at times unexpected, frightening and engaging... a skillfully constructed story."--Monika Silen, Tidningen Kulturen (Sweden) From the Hardcover edition. "You will find yourself utterly engaged from the very first chapter."--Barry Forshaw, The Independent "This powerful sixth series entry upholds the high literary standards of the previous award-winning Grens & Sundkvist novels; jarring dialogue and alternating first-person narratives offer an unsettling portrait of the gangland cycle of violence, desperation, and hope. It's an ugly yet beautiful story that readers will find themselves immediately buried in. Highly recommended for fans of the violently realistic social commentary in Richard Price's Clockers."--Christine Tran, Booklist (starred) "[A] riveting crime thriller... [a] psychologically driven plot, which reveals how criminal behavior is perpetuated from generation to generation through dysfunctional family conditions. Complex characterizations boost the action."--Publishers Weekly "Filled with drama and tough action, it is as authentic as it is disturbing, taking a peek below the shadows that form what we term a civilized society."--Ali Karim, Shots "A gritty and worrying yarn... What sets Roslund and Hellstrom apart is their background of working cons, which comes through almost as a subtle sympathy."--Jon Wise, The Daily Sport PRAISE FOR ROSLUND AND HELLSTRoM: "The action is non-stop and the tension unlimited." --"The Times""Gripping and intelligent . . . Destined for the big screen." --"Daily Mirror"

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