Cell 8

Cell 8

by Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström
3.8 42

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Cell 8 by Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström

The best-selling and award-winning journalist Anders Roslund and ex-criminal Borge Hellstrom are Sweden's most acclaimed fiction duo. Roslund and Hellstrom combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots, propelling them to the forefront of the recent Scandinavian crime fiction sensation and winning them numerous awards, like the prestigious CWA International Dagger. Heirs apparent to masters of Scandinavian crime Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, "For crime with a political purpose, it's hard to beat Cell 8... where an outburst of violence on a late-night ferry heading for Sweden links to the fate of an American on death row," said the Sunday Times.

A cheap crooner by the name of John Schwarz earns his keep on a ferry between Sweden and Finland singing evergreens for drunken passengers. One night, he loses his temper with a man harassing women in the crowd, beating him unconscious. As drunken brawls are commonplace on the Baltic cruising ferries, no one raises an eyebrow. No one, that is, but Detective Ewert Grens. Concerned by the details of the case report, Grens can't help but think someone capable of such violence must have a history of it.

Suspicion turns to shock when Grens discovers that John Schwarz is not who he says he is, but instead John Meyer Frey—an American citizen from Marcusville, Ohio; shock because John Meyer Frey died on Death Row the previous year. This mystery initiates the most remarkable criminal investigation of Grens's career, the reverberations of which will reach the highest tier of international politics, and blow the worldwide debate on the death penalty wide open.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849161473
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 09/28/2011

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Award-winning journalist Anders Roslund and ex-criminal Borge Hellstrom are Sweden's most acclaimed fiction duo. Their unique ability to combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots has put them at the forefront of modern Scandinavian crime writing.

ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
Translator Kari Dickson was born in Edinburgh, but grew up bilingual, as her mother is Norwegian. She has a BA in Scandinavian studies and an MA in translation. She currently teaches in the Scandinavian department at the University of Edinburgh.

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Cell 8 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
bookgirlNJ More than 1 year ago
I started this book on a Friday and couldn't put it down! The topic of the death penalty is one that could be hard to read about, especially in fiction, but Roslund & Hellstrom have done it in such an engaging and thrilling way, that you turn each page waiting to see what comes next. It is filled with suspense until the very end, and leaves you just wanting to discuss it with someone else! Highly recommend it for book groups- really discussion-worthy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is cleverly woven, although the switches between US/Sweden and +/- 6 years sometimes confused. The book was basically a discussion on the death penalty, and specifically focussed on the irreversability of a wrong judgement. The story was well contrived, but carried by the characters from previous books. The character of Ewart Grens was significantly expanded and humanized, and the authors' distaste for legal/political processes made clear. Although not really my type of book, I had difficulty putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the whole series...first you have box 21, the three seconds and now cell 8. I can't wait for the next book, already..
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The focus of this novel is the controversy over the death penalty, the plot is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Playing a minor role in the story is, of course, Detective Superintend Ewert Grens, who was introduced to readers in the widely acclaimed “Three Seconds” a year ago. “Cell 8” is more of a polemic than an old-fashioned crime novel, often seeming merely a dry tract supporting arguments against capital punishment. Nevertheless, after a rather slow beginning, the book develops into an interesting tale with a finish so unanticipated as to take the reader’s breath away. Essentially, this is the story of a 17-year-old boy convicted of murdering his 16-year-old girlfriend. No real hard support was presented at trial that he committed the deed, but he is convicted solely on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to death. He spends 10 years on death row and then the authors once again show their ingenuity in carrying the novel forward [this comment by way of avoiding the heart of the plot]. Yes, there are long spells of dry prose, but on the whole, it is well worth reading through from beginning to end, and is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!
splintersAF More than 1 year ago
This book and the plot(s) will keep you busy trying to figure out where it is taking you. Well done to the authors. Also recommend " Three Seconds".
Shortylee More than 1 year ago
Interesting and different from other books, it can be a little difficult to follow. However, the ending makes it worth getting to the end.
pen21 More than 1 year ago
Grens is back with his team. They become involved with an American who is suppose to be dead and was on Death Row. This book brings up the difference in views of the death penalty. Grens team has the compassion for this man and his plight. This book is just as thrilling and fast paced as the last book Three Seconds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Burns it with flamethrower
bs99 More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended! I have found a great Swedish writing team that I am so glad to know about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont know what to say...a book for thought and very provoking..
vbd More than 1 year ago
I thought the story was fascinating, and the writing style was excellent. Couldn't put it down!
kay25 More than 1 year ago
I'm only half way through, and I'm hooked. I loved their first book Three Seconds, but I am enjoying Cell 8 more so far. The authors get into a bit more detail about the lead detective character and I find the underlining storyline about the death penalty really thought provoking. I totally recommend this to readers who enjoy crime thrillers and Swedish fiction. Can't wait to finish!
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Please let me go!! Please!
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ETMJ12 More than 1 year ago
I felt so wrapped up in this book. I could feel the anger and despair. I am glad I read it. It has made me think.
Labayou More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Well written, interesting believable characters, twisty plot, and though it's about a murder, its not a murder mystery. Very good novel. Now I have some new authors' works to enjoy.
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Awsome read. waiting for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never captured my interest.
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Not that grear
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