This week in Kalmar. For more information read here.
Colombia is a key country when it comes to drugs, and when we got a contact, linked to Sweden, which could take us into this special world, we decided to take the chance. I have been living with bodyguards, has been subjected to mock execution, this was worse.
If I was scared sometimes? Scared shitless.
According to Karin Wells’s documentary “The Swedish Motive” Swedes air their society’s problems in bestselling crime novels, and these days hardly a week goes by without a Swedish crime writer on the New York Times bestseller list. The international success is all the more impressive when you consider that these books are translated from a language spoken by just 8 million people.
“We had the first mass murder in modern history. And suddenly the crime novel was one of the instruments to explore (a social issue.) And that’s when this whole new era in crime writing started. He was called the laser man because he used a laser rifle. He continued for several years”, says crime writer Anders Roslund.
The Sunday Times has selected the 60 Best Thrillers and Crime Novels of the past six years – Roslund & Hellströms’ Cell 8 is one of them!
“… The gulf between the United States and Europe could hardly be wider when it comes to capital punishment. The spectacle of convicted criminals spending years on death row in American jails appears cruel and inhuman, and it is just such a tense countdown to an execution in Ohio that provides the starting point for this extraordinary novel by the Swedish crime-writing duo Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom… ” “… Roslund is a journalist, and Hellstrom a former convict, and they use this riveting setup to make a passionate case against the death penalty. Barring an improbable element in the plot when the authors’ campaigning instinct gets the better of them, this remarkable novel is taut with suspense to the end…”