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
Trois Secondes | France | Fayard
3 Sekunden | Germany | Blanvalet
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)
Turkey (under translation) | Ithaki
Three Seconds | UK & Commonwealth | Quercus
Three Seconds | US | Quercus

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Reviews

“This thriller is brilliantly told … For a long time I have not read such a dark, depressing, melancholy – and brilliant book. Refined and narrated without clichés.

WDR 2, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Germany)

“The strongest action thriller by Roslund & Hellström so far, impossible to put down before the unexpected end.”
– Dagens Nyheter

“Three Seconds is this summer’s definite must-read when it comes to Swedish crime novels.”
– Journalisten

“Roslund & Hellström write so convincingly that I for a moment think it all must be true. // They hold their readers in a tight grip and don’t evenlet go when the book comes to an end.”
– Blekinge Läns Tidning

“Roslund & Hellström appear to have parked, once and for all, on the pinnacle of the Swedish crime writing elite. Their ability to weave in social commitment and with the help of fiction take a stand in important issues is fascinating. In this regard I can only think of one author they don’t outshine quite yet ­ John le Carré. // The plot is hair-raising and
awfully suspenseful. Roslund & Hellström have outdone themselves once again!”
– Mariestads Tidingen

“Three Seconds is incredibly skillfully constructed.”
– DAST Magazine

“Roslund & Hellström present 600 pages packed with drama. It¹s fast-paced and intensely suspenseful.”
– Norra Västerbotten

“Hard to put down? Absolutely. The book is incessantly driven forward by the condensed language and intense plot.”
– Läns-Posten

“Roslund & Hellström’s strength is in the ability to handle the darkest mechanisms in us all with credibility, and to shape them and their hosts with empathy. To do so with elegance and clarity as well, is a unique achievement.”
– Göteborgs Posten

“Roslund & Hellström handle the subject with outstanding knowledge and substantial gravity. In addition, it is dreadfully suspenseful. // I might as well say it again: if a better Swedish thriller were to be published this year, it would make 2009 a brilliant year for the domestic crime novel. And I would be pretty surprised.”
– Sydsvenska Dagbladet

“I read it in one sitting and 592 pages went by in no time! Anders Roslund and Börge Hellströms latest crime novel Three Seconds is an intensely moving, explosive, and strong story. // Three Seconds takes me straight into a world that I hardly knew existed, but that I have no problems believing in. // Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström are a fantastic author duo that in one crime novel after another very authentically portray Swedish reality, from a vital view point of crime, punishment, and revenge. // Moreover, Three Seconds is awfully well told when it comes to
style, it practically spits out sentences written in a staccato pace which provides huge energy. // The crime wave has come a long way and I have read a whole lot. But nothing has so far made such an impression as Three Seconds. The subject is just as explosive and blazing as the jacket cover and I totally recommend it to everybody!”
– Skånska Dagbladet

”Roslund & Hellström just keep getting better.”
– Må Bra (4 of 5)

“Three Seconds is just as its predecessors very well-written, in a prose that is a joy for the soul. None of the increasingly inept language of crime writing can be found here. Every page wants to turn itself and it takes a great deal of willpower to put it down. // Three Seconds is a fascinating journey into a world that is very far removed from our ideas of it.”
– Folkbladet

“Roslund & Hellström have now published five books and they are among the best one can read. The series with the obstinate superintendent Ewert Grens is simply unbeatable in comparison with other contemporary crime novels. And we all know that the competition in Sweden is serious business. // Three Seconds has it all. It is characterization of the highest degree. // I am deeply impressed by them.”
– Gefle Dagblad

”This summers best crime novel. // In the steady flow of Swedish thrillers, Roslund & Hellström are the only ones who clearly uphold the heritage of Sjöwall & Wahlöö. // When [Three Seconds] is all over, the reader has experienced an incredibly dramatic and moving journey that doesn’t loosen it’s grip for a single second. The plot is extraordinarily
strong. The angle on it is created to really engage the reader in the issue from every viewpoint. And at the same time the dramaturgical structure is brilliant. This is, according to myself, their best since their début. And I consider the three novels in between really good.”
– Länstidningen i Östersund

“Roslund & Hellström you owe me a nights sleep. But those nocturne hours could not have been spent in a better way. You are without a doubt superior in the Swedish crime genre and you keep your readers in a tight grip that one neither can nor wants to get out of.”
– Tove (5 of 5)

”This is a real page-turner, which cost me a couple nights of troubled sleep. It is also the dazzling duo Roslund & Hellströms best so far. // Roslund & Hellström have indeed won The Glass Key once before (for their début The Beast), but Stieg Larsson was awarded it twice posthumously. So it would certainly be appropriate to award the dazzling duo, that keep the banner flying for Swedish, socially conscious thrillers, once again.”
– Värmlands Folkblad

“A strong and well-written crime novel with both significance and terrifying suspense. It is a pleasure to plow through the 592 pages.”
– Dagens Industri (5 of 5)

”Three Seconds is in parts so hair-raising that I have to put it down, pace around the apartment to catch my breath, and try to calm down. /…/ It is terribly good reading.”
– Västerbottens Folkblad

”Roslund och Hellström prove that Swedish crime fiction is part of the definitive world elite right now. In addition, Three Seconds is undoubtedly their best book so far. 592 pages generate respect, but there are no tedious passages and it never comes to a standstill infinitely suspenseful!”
– Kristianstadsbladet

”Roslund & Hellströms latest book is terrifyingly good. // The main character has calculated that it takes three seconds to die. In the same amount of time the book accelerates from 0-100 km/h and in a dizzying pace this crime roller coaster has reached full speed.”
– Eskilstuna Kuriren

”Roslund & Hellströms new thriller Three Seconds grabs you right from the start. // It’s brutal and uncomfortable, but worst of all is probably the feeling that this reality really exists, the authors have done formidable research for this book. // But above all Three Seconds is a well-written, suspenseful and terribly good story.”
– Göteborgs-Tidningen

”Roslund & Hellström are in a league of their own. They write about a cold, violent world that most of us know nothing about. And they do it with such devilish skill and engagement that I read their nearly 600-page book in one sitting.”
– Aftonbladet

“Three Seconds is impossible to put down before one has finished it. This novel is not only Roslund & Hellströms best one so far, it is also constructed with such suspense that it outshines most of the international competition.”
– Expressen

“… a masterpiece everyone must read. Even the most discerning reader will be really impressed…”
– Web Hon no zasshi

“… very impressive …” ”… the moment where you understand the purpose of the title is extremely exciting …”
– The Nihon Keizai Shinbun (one of the biggest Japanese morning papers)

“… the authors have succeeded with a brilliantly written, but readable novel that keeps the reader in the excitement to last row… ” “… brilliantly written thriller, soon the readers get into a rhythm and start to devour the story… ”
– Kultura 21

“…duo Roslund & Hellström has succeeded again – not just to get the readers’ recognition but also because of its literary quality to get awarded with the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award 2009 for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year…” “…Three Seconds is a thriller of high tension…” “… besides the pleasure of rhythmic and exciting reading shows Three Seconds on the difficulty deciding whether there is a static boundary between good and evil, between victims and perpetrators… ”
– Deusmelivro

“… an extraordinarily exciting novel, with a flawless construction. Roslund and Hellström, ‘the new champions of Swedish crime fiction’, has a complex way to tell about organized criminal activity in their country and how to make money on drugs, gunrunning and human trafficking – a scary reality that most people ignore… ”
– Jurnalul National

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
Trois Secondes | France | Fayard
3 Sekunden | Germany | Blanvalet
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)
Turkey (under translation) | Ithaki
Three Seconds | UK & Commonwealth | Quercus
Three Seconds | US | Quercus

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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)