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Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström: Box 21

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Box 21
Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström
Farrar, Straus & Giroux (Sarah Crichton Books)
ISBN 978-0-374-28295-0
October 2009
$32.50 in Canada
{Uncredited translation from the Swedish}

Also published in the United Kingdom as The Vault (2008)

The International Thriller that Stockholm City hailed as the Best Crime Novel of the Year has finally crossed the Atlantic!

Three years ago, Lydia and Alena were two hopeful girls from Lithuania. Now they are sex slaves, lured to Sweden with the promise of better jobs and then trapped in a Stockholm brothel, forced to repay their “debt.” Suddenly they are given an unexpected chance at freedom, and with it the opportunity to take revenge on their enslavers and reclaim the lives and dignity they once had. What will happen now that the tables are turned and the victims fight back?

In this masterful thriller, the celebrated team of Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström delve into the seedy underbelly of Stockholm. There we meet Lydia and Alena as they embark on a desperate plan to expose their captor and demand justice; police officers Sundkvist and Grens, on the trail of both Lydia’s enslavers and Jochum Lang, a notorious mob enforcer; and Hilding Oldéus, a junkie on what might be his last—and most destructive—bender. At the Söder Hospital, their destinies begin to converge in unexpected and explosive ways.

Box 21 is a Scandinavian thriller of the highest order: a mindblowing psychological drama written with powerful intensity. When it was published in Sweden, Solo called it “suspenseful, gripping, and intelligently written . . . Almost impossible to put down,” while SVT exclaimed: “Forget crime literature; this is, simply put, great literature!”

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Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 22:31

Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström : La bête

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La bête
Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström
Presses de la Cité, « Sang d’encre »
ISBN 978-2-258-06671-7
5 mai 2009
29,95 $ au Canada

9782258066717

Lorsque Bernt Lund parvient à s’évader du quartier pour délinquants sexuels de la prison d’Aspsås, le commissaire Ewert Grens et son adjoint Sven Sundkvist, de la police de Stockholm, craignent le pire. Quatre ans auparavant, Lund a en effet violé et assassiné deux fillettes, sans jamais manifester le moindre remords pour ses actes. Leurs peurs se révèlent fondées : le corps d’une enfant est retrouvé peu de temps après dans un bois, portant la signature de Lund. Tandis que la nation entière s’indigne de l’impuissance des autorités face au meurtrier en fuite, Fredrik, le père de la petite victime, décide de se faire lui-même justice…

Thriller d’une noirceur absolue, réflexion magistrale sur la notion de justice, La bête est le premier titre publié en France d’une série culte en Scandinavie. Traduit en une dizaine de langues, le roman a reçu en 2005 La Clé de verre, la plus haute distinction du polar nordique, décernée, entre autres, à Henning Mankell et Stieg Larsson.

Written by Thomas

2009-05-02 at 15:45