12-05-2011 10:43 AM - edited 12-05-2011 10:49 AM
The brilliant writing team of Roslund & Hellstrom have another US released novel coming out January 3
Here's what's being said about Cell 8
Two intriguing yet apparently unconnected story lines power Roslund and Hellström’s stellar follow-up to Three Seconds (2011), once again featuring Det. Supt. Ewert Grens of the Stockholm police. An Ohio death row inmate, convicted of killing his 16-year-old girlfriend when he was 17 years old, dies of heart disease. Six years later, the police arrest a Canadian expatriate living in Sweden for repeatedly kicking a drunken man in the head. The narrative takes a wild turn after the cantankerous Grens discovers that the foreigner in their jail cell is a convicted murderer, the same death row inmate who supposedly died in America six years earlier. Thriller fans will relish the bitter Nordic atmospherics, relentless pacing, and brilliant twist ending, but it’s the authors’ deep exploration into the personal and political fallout from the use of the death penalty that makes this novel such a provocative reading experience. (Jan.)
From The Critics
What happens when Scandinavian crime writers tire of scrutinizing Stockholm's mean streets? In the case of writing team Roslund and Hellström, they tackle capital punishment in the United States. John Meyer Frey is on Ohio's death row, convicted at age 17 of killing the daughter of a prominent politician. The frenzied thirst for vengeance felt by the victim's father is thwarted when Frey dies of a heart condition. Several years later and thousands of miles away, Swedish police arrest lounge singer John Schwarz for a brutal assault during a party cruise. Something about Schwarz doesn't seem right, and DI Ewert Grens soon uncovers why—the suspect's fingerprints match those of the long-dead Frey. VERDICT This book offers fewer thrills and more polemic than the duo's roller-coaster Three Seconds. Opening with a gripping sequence counting down a condemned man's graphic final moments, the novel ends with a cunning twist. But the suspense stalls in between, as the authors couch familiar arguments against the death penalty amid a surprisingly mundane police investigation. Still, those who appreciate socially conscious crime fiction should be intrigued by this European take on a hot-button American topic.—Annabelle Mortensen, Skokie P.L., IL
The General Fiction Forum in addition to our regularly scheduled feature read will be having a casual discussion of this novel as well. I'm inviting the US editor to the conversation, so keep your fingers crossed and keep checking here for further information.
The conversation will start January 3rd and continue throughout the whole month of January
First Looks alumni's will remember their last US release Three Seconds it was a big hit with the First Lookers and I'm opening this invitation to all of you to come back read the novel and let's chat about it.
This multi-layered, multi-national, crime drama is heart stopping, pulse racing reading so don't attempt this without a doctors note first.
Stay tuned for my review which will be coming in just a matter of days
12-05-2011 04:50 PM
12-06-2011 01:21 PM - edited 12-06-2011 01:22 PM
You all get the FIRST LOOK at my review that will be posted tomorrow on my blog
Roslund & Hellstrom
Publish date 1-3-2012
In a cell in Ohio on death row sits John Meyer Frey for the brutal murder of his girlfriend, after a decade of being there he suddenly dies in his cell, leaving the victims father and a grieving angry nation without retribution.
Six years later a singer on a cruise ship in Sweden is arrested for assault and the case is given to Ewert Grens and his team, the real mystery starts when they find that the man in the cell doesn’t exist.
During the course of investigating the Swedish case evidence arises that points to the impossible and links these two seemingly different cases that takes Grens, Hermansson and Sundkvist into not only legal waters but the dangerous deep waters of international politics, the different beliefs of two nations on the death penalty and the fine line they have to tow to keep all around peace. Especially when everything starts pointing to a long ago conspiracy.
Roslund and Hellstrom will blow you out of the water with this their latest novel starring the irrepressible and do things his own way or the highway, Ewert Grens. Adrenaline junkies will get that extra shot they require to keep them invested in a read while the rest of us quiver, sweat and bite our nails to get through it. As different as it is from Three Seconds it gives us that same feel of unanswerable questions that bring us to that ah-ha moment when it all makes sense and the pieces start fitting together. And although we get there we never stop wanting to turn the page to find out how it will turn out, who will survive and why this one has to die. But this time they go us one better and get into the politics of one nations view over another, the consequences when those views happen to collide and the fallout that collision causes and then they’ll drop kick us with an ending that will blow your socks off, make you shake your head and question the beliefs you thought were built on solid ground that’s now been disturbed by an earthquake. Yep it’s one heck of a mystery, a crime drama that expands nations, continents and decades, that uncovers the dark side of capital punishment, that tests the waters of diplomacy and gives readers one heck of a ride from start to finish.
If you liked Three Seconds you will LOVE Cell 8, if you’re starting to tire of the hoopla that surrounds Stieg Larsson try a real live team who knows how to write a story, one that will please the peoples of multiple languages and multiple nations. It’ll be your first must read of the new year and it’ll show up on the best of lists in 2012 because no one will stop talking about it, stop passing it around or stop buying it.
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