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Never fuck up by Jens Lapidus

Never fuck up

by Jens Lapidus

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After reading part one, I was very curious about part two too. In the beginning I was a bit confused though.

There are more resons for that. One is, that this new book doesn't start where the first one finished. I had the feeling for quite some time, that I was rading a whole new book without any links to the first. Started to wonder where the 'trilogy idea' came from.
Secondly, there was the language part. Altough this book two was translated by the same translator, the use of language, slang, was different from the fist part. So I had to start all over again learning new words, guessing from the context what certain terms would mean.

For the rest this book is as nice, fast paced and interesting as the first book. New players, different circumstances, but gradually they grew into the scenes I remembered from the fist book. I liked the new person of Nick, who wants to save women, but forgets that the way he does things may seem aggressive to them, may scare them more than that it is helping. He's a little crazy, his visions and ideas caused by all he has been through.

The end is nice. Unexpected, but despite that it is built on a little thing that is a bit unbelievable, nice. And all in the end the author chose to let the reader find out once again tht in his book(s) an end is not neccessarily a nice end. This time he shows that power (money, political power, pulling rank) often wins and this situation is no difference.
I'm very curious for the last part of the trilogy.... ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
Lapidus' first novel, Snabba Cash, was nothing short of a revelation - "what, a Swede can write like this!?" It even started a new genre in Sweden, "Stockholm Noir," since Lapidus did with Stockholm what James Ellroy has done with Los Angeles. This second novel follows the same format (three main characters telling the story in separate chapters) and has a few characters in common (we still follow Mahmud in the first person and the others from Snabba Cash have cameos) and the story again deals with the underbelly of Stockholm. Is it as good then? Not quite, unfortunately. The story is a little too similar to its predecessor, not just the format. And (and this is a big "and"), the humor just isn't there in the same way it was in Snabba Cash. For a sophomoric novel, though, it's still a great read, and I can't wait until Lapidus gets translated into English so I can share with my fellow (non-Nordic) readers (keeping my fingers Xed in hopes that there is a translator out there who is adequately knowledgeable about gang-slang to do a proper job!). ( )
  -Eva- | Sep 13, 2009 |
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'I'm a copper,' he said. 'Just a plain ordinary copper. Reasonably honest. As honest as you could expect a man to be in a world where it's out of style.'
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Thomas Andrén, een corrupte politieagent met huwelijksproblemen, gaat zonder toestemming van zijn superieuren op zoek naar de identiteit van een onherkenbaar verminkt lijk. Wanneer hij geschorst wordt, treedt hij zonder wroeging in dienst van maffiabaas Radovan. Hoofdverdachte van de moord is de voormalige huurling Niklas Brogren, wiens persoonlijke missie het is om de wereld te ontdoen van mannen die vrouwen mishandelen. Hun paden kruisen elkaar wanneer het lijk dat van de moordenaar van de Zweedse premier Olof Palme blijkt te zijn. Terwijl Thomas op het spoor komt van de smerigste politieke cover-up uit de Zweedse geschiedenis, slijpt Niklas de messen met als doel zo veel mogelijk slachtoffers te maken...
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Lapidus returns to the streets of Stockholm with an electrifying tale of seedy police officers and vicious underworld criminals. Mahmud, an iron-pumping gym fiend fresh out of jail, is heavily indebted to a Turkish drug lord. He accepts a job from the henchman of brutal mob boss Radovan--a job that quickly becomes something he wishes he'd never agreed to. Meanwhile, Niklas is living at home with his mother after working as a security contractor in Iraq. When a man is found murdered in the laundry room of their building, Niklas decides to put his weapons expertise and appetite for violence to use. Thomas is the volatile cop called to investigate the murder. When his efforts are suspiciously stymied and the evidence tampered with, he goes off the grid in search of answers. As the identity of the murdered man is discovered, the paths of these three men intertwine, and crimes and secrets far greater than a mere murder come to light.--From publisher description.… (more)

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