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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ewert Grens Series Release Date: July 2017 ISBN: 9781635060300
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ONE MURDER.

Piet Hoffmann is the Swedish police force's best undercover operative. Not even his family know of his double identity. Yet when a drug deal with the Polish mafia goes fatally wrong, his secret life begins to crumble around him.

TWO MEN.

Detective Inspector Ewert Grens is charged with investigating the drug-related killing. Unaware of Hoffmann's true identity, he believes himself to be on the trail of a dangerous psychopath.

THREE SECONDS.

Hoffmann must desperately maintain his cover; else he is a dead man walking. But, in the doggedly-perceptive Ewert Grens, he has just made the most relentless of enemies. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The action quickly draws you in and continues to grip you to the final chapters of the novel. The authors have something to say, and Three Seconds proves to be an excellent way of doing it. Summer Moore, AP
  • It's like Traffic on the Swedish-Polish border, but everything from the weather to the criminals' hearts is a little colder. People magazine
  • "Explosive... Three Seconds does Stieg Larsson one better. Carol Memmott, USA Today
  • Thrill-a-minute cat and mouse game... a grimly amoral tale. Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
  • Twisty plot makes for propulsive reading. Entertainment Weekly
  • [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
  • A nail biter of a book. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • Winner of Crime Writer's Association International Dagger, 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/20/2014

    " This is a good read that moves along pretty quickly and has a really interesting resolution. It won the best Swedish crime novel award and I appreciate that. However, I'm finding that all the hubbub around Swedish novels (since the "Girl" trilogy became so famous) is beginning to make them all read similarly. I almost felt as if some of these characters had been in other Swedish crime novels interchangeably. That said, it was interesting and the main character is well crafted. Piet Hoffman is a secret operative who must make the ultimate choice risking his life to satisfy his handlers. I recommend the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anders | 2/14/2014

    " The subject matter is highly interesting, captivating read in the style of short, get to the point plots of much modern crime writing. Vey violent hostage situations at times. Makes me wonder how the "system" actually works and how the real-life decision making process in fact takes place, and what is in it for these people, anew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/11/2014

    " Powerful!! Gritty and at times dark, this was a page turner I couldn't put down no matter how sleepy I was. So many twists and turns. Just when you thought you knew what was going to happen, the story takes a sudden turn you never saw coming. Lot of depth to this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/23/2014

    " Outstanding Swedish crime novel, fans of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series should particularly enjoy it. Engrossing look at the interwoven worlds of crime, law enforcement, and government bureaucracy. Well-developed characters that are believable and interesting, and the plot becomes increasingly gripping. Highly recommended. Another bargain from the shelves at Dollar Tree! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Sifleet | 1/20/2014

    " Well written action packed suspense. I couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moonyean | 1/19/2014

    " Great suspense from a Swedish writing duo. I wish more of their titles were translated into English. This would make a fine movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 1/18/2014

    " Maybe something gets lost in the translation, but these Swedish mysteries seem dragged out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre | 1/7/2014

    " So good. I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read more by them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 1/6/2014

    " A Swedish crime thriller, it was good, but I didn't find it the best thriller I've ever read. I still prefer Steig's Millennium Trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 12/19/2013

    " Dark, complex murder mystery that features the archetypal fictional Scandanavian detective - even more curmudgeonly and miserable than fictional English (or Scottish) ones = and that's why I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 12/17/2013

    " The double-crosses in the first 50 pages are enough to make me wonder how all this can be resolved! The blood and guts has already started and seems inevitable to be more! Arrgghhh! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 8/21/2013

    " Read this 'by coincidence' while I was on holidays and I was out of books to read. Found it on a shelf in the cottage we were staying in. What a ride! I couldn't put it down and read it in less than 24 hours. I'll definitely be looking for more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renher | 3/17/2013

    " I won this book from First Reads. I really enjoyed this book. Thanks. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryan | 3/1/2013

    " Hated it. Too many different characters introduced that you get lost. All are important, which just adds to the difficulty. Not better than Herr Larsson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/23/2012

    " Really enjoyed this Swedish police procedural. Like Stieg Larsson it takes on government corruption with a fascinating look at the use of criminal infiltrators. I have never read these authors before - one is a journalist and the other a criminal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 11/12/2012

    " This crime novel got better as it went along. Chief Superintendent Grens is a bulldog of a detective who digs out the truth and doesn't care who he brings down in the process. Nice twist ending. Very satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Svendsen | 8/15/2012

    " If you like the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series, this book is for you! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 8/3/2012

    " I couldn't get into this book. In this case I didn't care about the informer or the cop. Next... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/19/2011

    " This wasn't a bad book, but it took forever to read, took me over two weeks, it was very detailed, and not a page turner, helped me fall asleep quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 10/28/2011

    " This book was AMAZING. I found the characters engaging, the story interesting, and just couldn't put the book down. The beginning was a little graphic to be reading while attempting to overcome a stomach bug, though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Jarome | 9/14/2011

    " Equal parts glacial and gripping, this read like the Swedish love child of Burn Notice and Prison Break. Parts of it dragged, and the dialogue seemed a little "off" at times, but overall it was a terrific read. I'm definitely not sorry I took a chance on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liane | 6/20/2011

    " While reading it I found it repetitive in places and felt it could have benefit from better editing. Could not put it down though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 6/13/2011

    " one of the most exciting books.. can't wait till they make a movie of it..I didn't know the authors had written more. will have to seek them out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mph | 6/6/2011

    " Continuing my search for beyond Larsson! Fascinating plot and details about crime. The whole perspective on what it's like to be an infiltrator working for the police makes one think twice about taking on that job! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DWGibb | 5/30/2011

    " A gritty but fascinating story about betrayal in high places and the consequences trickling down on subordinates. Interesting characters. Absorbing plot. Surprise ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 5/28/2011

    " This one scared me and I could not put it down. Just finished it, wow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 5/22/2011

    " A very good crime thriller of hte Swedish variety, with a satisfying ending. I would actually give it 3.5 stars if allowed, as the emotional part of the Ewert Grens character's past bored me a little. But the main character, Piet Hoffman, is exciting the whole way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 5/18/2011

    " Loved this page turner of a book that was translated from the original Swedish. It's hard to describe all of the twists and turns, but if you like a good thriller, this is a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Surya | 5/12/2011

    " Slow read and picks up some steam in the end.
    Over-hyped and average is what I would call this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 5/12/2011

    " Piet Hoffman has spent the last several years posing as a drug trafficer to infiltrate thr Polish mafia for the Swedish police. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 5/9/2011

    " Difficult to put down. Dark and intense, but a very strong plot. In the same vein as the Milenium trilogy books. If it was made into a movie, I would want to see it. "

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About the Author
Author Anders Roslund

Anders Roslund, author of the Ewert Grens series, is the founder and former head of Kulturnyheterna (Culture News) on Swedish Television. 

About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.