Tre Sekunder
Release date: May 20, 2009
Original title: Tre Sekunder


He leads a double life. One with a beloved wife and two small boys, a family he will protect no matter what the cost. And another, secret life in which he every single day risks losing everything

He is forced to seize control of one of Sweden’s maximum security prisons, from the inside. It’s an operation assigned by the police force. And by the Polish mafia. He realizes he is on his own, can trust no one, and that from the moment his double play is revealed he will become a huge liability for police and mafia alike. He calls himself Paula and he knows he could be dead in just three seconds.

Three Seconds is an intensely suspenseful thriller where people in all positions of society are put to the test. This is Roslund & Hellströms fifth novel starring Police Superintendent Ewert Grens. Roslund & Hellström’s previous novels have won several awards and great critical acclaim , and reached a large audience. Their books have been translated into seventeen languages and are currently being adapted for the screen.

Rights


Tre Sekunder | Sweden | Piratförlaget
3 секунди | Bulgaria | Era
Tres Segons | Catalán | RBA
China (under translation) | Straits Media (Simplified Chinese)
Tri Sekunde | Croatia | Znanje
Tři vteřiny | Czech Republic | Euromedia
Tre Sekunder | Denmark | Rosinante
Estonia (under translation) | Eesti Ramaat
Kolme Sekuntia | Finland | WSOY
France (under translation) | Fayard
3 Sekunden | Germany | Fischer
Három Másodperc | Hungary | Animus
Þrjár sekúndur | Iceland | Bjartur & Veröld
Indonesia (under translation) | Mizan
Three Seconds | Israel | Sela Books
Tre Secondi | Italy | Einaudi
Three Seconds | Japan | Kadokawa
Three Seconds | Korea| Singongsa
Trys Sekundés | Lithuania | Metodika
Drei Seconden | Netherlands | De Geus
Tre Sekunder | Norway | Cappelen Damm
Trzy Sekundy | Poland | Albatros
Três Segundos | Portugal | Planeta
Trei Sekunde | Romania | Trei
Tri Sekondy | Russia | Inostranka
Tri Sekunde | Slovenia | Mladinska knjiga
Tri Sekundy | Slovakia | Ikar
Tres Segundos | Spain | RBA
Three Seconds | Taiwan | Azoth (Complex Chinese)
Three Seconds | UK & Commonwealth | Quercus
Three Seconds | US | Quercus

Covers


Audiobook

Reviews

“Extraordinary know-how… [Roslund & Hellström] are good, very good. Maybe even the best in the [crime fiction] business this year.”
– Sydsvenskan (Sweden)

“A fascinating and brutally gripping story… terribly suspenseful.”
– Östgöta Correspondenten (Sweden)

“In Sweden Roslund & Hellström are unrivaled as page-turner masters.”
– Expressen (Sweden)

“A new quality novel of the highest degree. /…/ The duo’s unfailing ability to create suspense that compels you to keep turning the pages, and at the same time immerse themselves in their characters and the societal events that influence them, is unmatched. /…/ As a whole [Two Soldiers] is an intense suspense novel… Impressive.”

– Upsala Nya Tidning (Sweden)

“The language skillfully reinforces the sense of realism. The book is incredibly good and well-written, but very frightening… Incredibly suspenseful… The author duo Roslund & Hellström have done it again. They have written a crime novel of the highest class, a novel that stays with you for a long time, which is very unusual in this genre.”

– LitteraturMagazinet (Sweden)

“Already from the first chapter, the first paragraph, I’m enthralled… Two Soldiers is not only well-written, it is also incredibly deliberate. /…/ What distinguishes Roslund & Hellström from other crime writers is how well they combine a powerful and eloquent way of expressing themselves with details of police work in the form of surveillance and forensics that feels very authentic. Two Soldiers is a book that gets under your skin. A masterpiece.”

– Kulturbloggen (Sweden)

“An incredibly competently written novel that is very suspenseful, gripping and almost impossible to put down… Better than most other Swedish crime fiction. /…/ The language is fantastic, the plot masterful, and I can’t think of a single page that feels superfluous… The names [Roslund & Hellström] are nowadays synonymous with the finest quality.”

– Gefle Dagblad (Sweden)

“[Two Soliders] could very well be this year’s most important reading.”
– Skånska Dagbladet (Sweden)

“An important story that gets under your skin.”
– Kristianstadsbladet (Sweden)

“Few can fill almost 700 pages with words that feel significant. But Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström can… They always bring up urgent and crucial topics… As always in Roslund & Hellström’s books it is electrifyingly suspenseful.”

– DAST Magazine (Sweden)

“Suspenseful and at times unexpected, frightening and engaging… a skillfully constructed story.”

– Tidningen Kulturen (Sweden)

“Two soldiers are Roslund & Hellström’s masterpiece and undoubtedly one of the strongest, most important and most suspenseful thrillers in a long time.”

– Krimifan.dk (Denmark)

“Strong Swedish crime fiction”

– Politiken (Denmark)

“The duo brings you a masterfully composed novel. Not least because the depictions are credible and wonderfully uncompromising.”

– Trønder-Avisa (Norway)

“Way better than most Scandinavian crime novels these days.”
– VG (Norway)

“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.”

– Shotsmag (UK)

“This is a frightening story of urban decay and people who have no allegiance except to their “family” – the criminal gang that they aspire to belong to. … The impact on the neighbourhood, the gradual removal of services, shops, even protection from the police is documented with relentless detail. … It will be a long time before I can forget this book and the picture it paints.”

– Eurocrime (UK)

“The harrowing world of juvenile gangs provides the backdrop for Roslund & Hellström’s riveting crime thriller, the fifth featuring Det. Supt. Ewert Grens to be published in the U.S… The ripple effect of an arrest made by Grens almost 20 years earlier propels a large part of the psychologically driven pilot, which reveals how criminal behavior is perpetuated from generation to generation through dysfunctional family conditions. Complex characterizations boost the action.”

– Publishers Weekly (US)

“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.”

– Booklist (US)

“… Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström is a fantastic duo… ” “… the two authors create novels about a grim reality… ” “… the books is not only worthy of attention because of its interesting mind-bending mysteries, but also because they raise important issues that are current… ” “… an interesting fact is that in each of their novels, the authors appear to work almost like journalists by first collecting relevant documentation which makes their books focus on the real problems… ” “… an interesting crime novel, knowledgeable and well-written… ”

– Reportal (Poland)

“… It’s dark, intense and thrilling…” “… it is something that affects the darkest depth of the human soul. And probably that’s why it is so appealing – almost unhealthy appealing…” “… along with the book’s characters I walk the streets of Stockholm , immerse myself into areas where I would never have chosen to explore the city. The creation of the two authors are so refined that I can easily imagine how it would feel if I walked there in reality… “

– Booknews (Poland)

“… this story does not allow us to sit back and enjoy a range of peaceful crimes, in accordance with the expected template. The Swedish duo requires more of us than that… ” “… a dark world where the rule of law only acting background to the book’s characters… ” “… the Swedish author duo have worked together for nearly ten years, and their books have received much attention on the publishing market – The Beast, Cell 8 and Three Seconds are all also well-known titles… ” Roslund & Hellström really own their successes – they create characters in their books as authentic as if they were alive… ”

– Interia 360 (Poland)

“… the Swedish duo Roslund & Hellström’s title Dwaj żołnierze / Two Soldiers is an excellent thriller… ” “… Dwaj żołnierze / Two Soldiers is about a world that we do not want to know about…” “… Nordic literature has very specific characteristics, based on the transfer of very strong emotions – the Swedish author duo understand this mechanism and successfully use it… ” “… I recommend this book to all fans of good – not only Scandinavian – crime. But also loyally I warn for a difficult, overwhelming story, which will not leave you indifferent… ”

– Grabarz Polski (Poland)

Tre Sekunder
Release date: May 20, 2009
Original title: Tre Sekunder


He leads a double life. One with a beloved wife and two small boys, a family he will protect no matter what the cost. And another, secret life in which he every single day risks losing everything

He is forced to seize control of one of Sweden’s maximum security prisons, from the inside. It’s an operation assigned by the police force. And by the Polish mafia. He realizes he is on his own, can trust no one, and that from the moment his double play is revealed he will become a huge liability for police and mafia alike. He calls himself Paula and he knows he could be dead in just three seconds.

Three Seconds is an intensely suspenseful thriller where people in all positions of society are put to the test. This is Roslund & Hellströms fifth novel starring Police Superintendent Ewert Grens. Roslund & Hellström’s previous novels have won several awards and great critical acclaim , and reached a large audience. Their books have been translated into seventeen languages and are currently being adapted for the screen.

Rights


Tre Sekunder | Sweden | Piratförlaget
3 секунди | Bulgaria | Era
Tres Segons | Catalán | RBA
China, Straits Media (Simplified Chinese)
Tri Sekunde | Croatia | Znanje
Tři vteřiny | Czech Republic | Euromedia
Tre Sekunder | Denmark | Rosinante
Estonia (under translation) | Eesti Raamat
Kolme Sekuntia | Finland | WSOY
France (under translation) | Fayard
3 Sekunden | Germany | Fischer
Három Másodperc | Hungary | Animus
Þrjár sekúndur | Iceland | Bjartur & Veröld
Three Seconds | Israel | Sela Books
Indonesia (under translation) | Mizan
Tre Secondi | Italy | Einaudi
Three Seconds | Japan | Kadokawa
Three Seconds | Korea| Singongsa
Trys Sekundés | Lithuania | Metodika
Drei Seconden | Netherlands | De Geus
Tre Sekunder | Norway | Cappelen Damm
Trzy Sekundy | Poland | Albatros
Três Segundos | Portugal | Planeta
Trei Sekunde | Romania | Trei
Tri Sekondy | Russia | Inostranka
Tri Sekunde | Slovenia | Mladinska knjiga
Tri Sekundy | Slovakia | Ikar
Tres Segundos | Spain | RBA
Three Seconds | Taiwan | Azoth (Complex Chinese)
Three Seconds | UK & Commonwealth | Quercus
Three Seconds | US | Quercus

Covers


Audiobook

Reviews

“Extraordinary know-how… [Roslund & Hellström] are good, very good. Maybe even the best in the [crime fiction] business this year.”
– Sydsvenskan (Sweden)

“A fascinating and brutally gripping story… terribly suspenseful.”
– Östgöta Correspondenten (Sweden)

“In Sweden Roslund & Hellström are unrivaled as page-turner masters.”
– Expressen (Sweden)

“A new quality novel of the highest degree. /…/ The duo’s unfailing ability to create suspense that compels you to keep turning the pages, and at the same time immerse themselves in their characters and the societal events that influence them, is unmatched. /…/ As a whole [Two Soldiers] is an intense suspense novel… Impressive.”

– Upsala Nya Tidning (Sweden)

“The language skillfully reinforces the sense of realism. The book is incredibly good and well-written, but very frightening… Incredibly suspenseful… The author duo Roslund & Hellström have done it again. They have written a crime novel of the highest class, a novel that stays with you for a long time, which is very unusual in this genre.”

– LitteraturMagazinet (Sweden)

“Already from the first chapter, the first paragraph, I’m enthralled… Two Soldiers is not only well-written, it is also incredibly deliberate. /…/ What distinguishes Roslund & Hellström from other crime writers is how well they combine a powerful and eloquent way of expressing themselves with details of police work in the form of surveillance and forensics that feels very authentic. Two Soldiers is a book that gets under your skin. A masterpiece.”

– Kulturbloggen (Sweden)

“An incredibly competently written novel that is very suspenseful, gripping and almost impossible to put down… Better than most other Swedish crime fiction. /…/ The language is fantastic, the plot masterful, and I can’t think of a single page that feels superfluous… The names [Roslund & Hellström] are nowadays synonymous with the finest quality.”

– Gefle Dagblad (Sweden)

“[Two Soliders] could very well be this year’s most important reading.”
– Skånska Dagbladet (Sweden)

“An important story that gets under your skin.”
– Kristianstadsbladet (Sweden)

“Few can fill almost 700 pages with words that feel significant. But Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström can… They always bring up urgent and crucial topics… As always in Roslund & Hellström’s books it is electrifyingly suspenseful.”

– DAST Magazine (Sweden)

“Suspenseful and at times unexpected, frightening and engaging… a skillfully constructed story.”

– Tidningen Kulturen (Sweden)

“Two soldiers are Roslund & Hellström’s masterpiece and undoubtedly one of the strongest, most important and most suspenseful thrillers in a long time.”

– Krimifan.dk (Denmark)

“Strong Swedish crime fiction”

– Politiken (Denmark)

“The duo brings you a masterfully composed novel. Not least because the depictions are credible and wonderfully uncompromising.”

– Trønder-Avisa (Norway)

“Way better than most Scandinavian crime novels these days.”
– VG (Norway)

“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.”

– Shotsmag (UK)

“This is a frightening story of urban decay and people who have no allegiance except to their “family” – the criminal gang that they aspire to belong to. … The impact on the neighbourhood, the gradual removal of services, shops, even protection from the police is documented with relentless detail. … It will be a long time before I can forget this book and the picture it paints.”

– Eurocrime (UK)

“The harrowing world of juvenile gangs provides the backdrop for Roslund & Hellström’s riveting crime thriller, the fifth featuring Det. Supt. Ewert Grens to be published in the U.S… The ripple effect of an arrest made by Grens almost 20 years earlier propels a large part of the psychologically driven pilot, which reveals how criminal behavior is perpetuated from generation to generation through dysfunctional family conditions. Complex characterizations boost the action.”

– Publishers Weekly (US)

“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.”

– Booklist (US)

“… Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström is a fantastic duo… ” “… the two authors create novels about a grim reality… ” “… the books is not only worthy of attention because of its interesting mind-bending mysteries, but also because they raise important issues that are current… ” “… an interesting fact is that in each of their novels, the authors appear to work almost like journalists by first collecting relevant documentation which makes their books focus on the real problems… ” “… an interesting crime novel, knowledgeable and well-written… ”

– Reportal (Poland)

“… It’s dark, intense and thrilling…” “… it is something that affects the darkest depth of the human soul. And probably that’s why it is so appealing – almost unhealthy appealing…” “… along with the book’s characters I walk the streets of Stockholm , immerse myself into areas where I would never have chosen to explore the city. The creation of the two authors are so refined that I can easily imagine how it would feel if I walked there in reality… “

– Booknews (Poland)

“… this story does not allow us to sit back and enjoy a range of peaceful crimes, in accordance with the expected template. The Swedish duo requires more of us than that… ” “… a dark world where the rule of law only acting background to the book’s characters… ” “… the Swedish author duo have worked together for nearly ten years, and their books have received much attention on the publishing market – The Beast, Cell 8 and Three Seconds are all also well-known titles… ” Roslund & Hellström really own their successes – they create characters in their books as authentic as if they were alive… ”

– Interia 360 (Poland)

“… the Swedish duo Roslund & Hellström’s title Dwaj żołnierze / Two Soldiers is an excellent thriller… ” “… Dwaj żołnierze / Two Soldiers is about a world that we do not want to know about…” “… Nordic literature has very specific characteristics, based on the transfer of very strong emotions – the Swedish author duo understand this mechanism and successfully use it… ” “… I recommend this book to all fans of good – not only Scandinavian – crime. But also loyally I warn for a difficult, overwhelming story, which will not leave you indifferent… ”

– Grabarz Polski (Poland)