THREE SECONDS Duo the Next Stieg Larsson?

Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom debuted on Tuesday to a rave review in USA Today. The newspaper thinks it’s just as good, if not better than Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy and will appeal to Lisbeth Salander fans in “need a fresh fix of Nordic noir.” First published two years ago in Sweden, it was voted best crime novel of the year in that country. Now the authors are hoping to replicate their success here in the United States.

Three Seconds is currently the number 30 bestselling book on Amazon.

So have you read Three Seconds? Is it as good as the Millennium trilogy? Let me know in the comments.

Synopsis of Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom:

Dark, suspenseful, and more riveting than any thriller at the local cineplex, THREE SECONDS is the latest novel from best-selling Swedish duo Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström-heirs apparent to Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell as the masters of Scandinavian crime.

Piet Hoffman, a top secret operative for the Swedish police, is about to embark on his most dangerous assignment yet: after years spent infiltrating the Polish mafia, he’s become a key player in their attempt to take over amphetamine distribution inside Sweden’s prisons. To stop them from succeeding, he will have to go deep cover, posing as a prisoner inside the country’s most notorious jail.

But when a botched drug deal involving Hoffman results in a murder, the investigation is assigned to the brilliant but haunted Detective Inspector Ewert Grens–a man who never gives up until he’s cracked the case. Grens’s determination to find the killer not only threatens to expose Hoffman’s true identity-it may reveal even bigger crimes involving the highest levels of power. And there are people who will do anything to stop him from discovering the truth.

Winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ 2009 award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year, and a #1 best-seller there, THREE SECONDS captures a nefarious world of betrayal and violence, where a wise man trusts no one and even the most valuable agent can be “burned.”

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