Review published on August 3, 2017.
3 Minutes is the sequel to the bestselling 3 Seconds, but this book can be read as a standalone thriller, you certainly do not need to know what went before. The Swedish writing duo of Roslund and Hellstrom really know how to grip the reader and keep them all the way to the end on tenterhooks. This is a rollercoaster of a ride, well written, and shows what many of us already know, the United States’ ability of taking a sledgehammer to a Brazil nut and when its smash to bits, then ask why that happened, too much strength and not enough thinking.
Piet Hoffmann is on the run from Swedish justice. The one-time Swedish government agent is thought to have been shot in prison, but not everything is as it seems. His handler managed to help him escape from Sweden and helped him gain a new identity for him and his family and a new country on a new continent.
Hoffmann, in order to survive in Columbia, is working as a bodyguard to a senior member of a Columbian cocaine mafia, while at the same time aiding the US DEA, with some high-profile drug seizures. He has learnt to live with the threat to his life and that of his family if the Columbians ever find out about his snitching on them.
Thomas D. Cruise is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who is also leading the war against drugs, when he witnesses the murder of a Columbian Army captain and his men by a Columbian and his European looking bodyguard. He aims to hunt down this pair and bring them to justice and that means going to Columbia.
When Cruise is kidnapped and Hoffmann is placed on the American kill list, their lives depend on DCI Ewert Grens, a former enemy who ordered the shooting of Hoffmann, then he really is in trouble. With avenues of safety being slowly eroded Hoffmann comes to rely on Grens as he is the only person that can keep him and his family a live in a country where life is cheap.
Will Cruise be found safe? Will Hoffmann survive being on the American kill list? Will Grens, who has never been out of Europe, be able to save them all without compromising the law? These are the questions that spring to mind as you read through, gripped by hope and fear.
This is an excellent thriller that will keep you hooked from beginning to end where you do not know what will happen in a country where life is cheap. Will Grens really become the only ally that Hoffmann can trust? There is only one way to find out.
Paul Diggett 5/5
3 Minutes by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström
riverrun 9781784295301 hbk Jul 2017