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4,0 su 5 stelleA dark tale of deception and revenge
2 agosto 2011 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
"Box 21", by Swedish authors Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, is a thriller dealing with a tired, somewhat jaded policeman and his assistant, forced prostition, drug addiction, and unsavory criminals. There are several story lines that intersect in the novel. Two Lithuanian women are tricked into becoming unwilling prostitutes in Sweden, and when one is severely beaten by her pimp, the Swedish police are called in. One of the policeman has been dealing with the crippling loss of his partner and lover for decades, and the criminal responsible for this is being released from prison that very day. Another criminal, recently released from prison himself, attempts to come up with money for his drug habit by selling drugs that he has tampered with to other junkies. As the separate stories converge and overlap, each individual's flaws and secrets are brought into the light, and each makes decisions that impact both themselves and the other characters in the novel, and presumably beyond.
While the novel is written as a thriller, it's also a character study where virtually everyone is flawed, corrupted, or damaged in some way. The book shows how the characters are affected and changed by the events in the book, and that there are usually no easy answers to ones problems.
Although the book is touted as having many plot twists and turns, I was able to see virtually all of them coming from a long way away. However, because of the interactions between the characters and the generally good writing, this did not affect my enjoyment as it might have in a more simplistic or less-well written book. The book is dark and somewhat graphic in many of it's descriptions and depictions, but given the subject matter, I don't see how that could be easily avoided. There is no real resolution in the book in the sense of a simplistic "good guys win, bad guys lose" accounting, its more of how the characters will have to live with the choices they made.
While this Swedish effort won't make you forget the Millenium Trilogy by fellow Swede Stieg Larsson, it's a good read.
Box 21 is hard ball police work with a harsh look at the hard core of prostitution in Sweden. This novel begins in pieces, which over time are put together in ways one suspects but follows into the darkness. The reader meets two Lithuanian prostitutes sold as sex slaves, ostensibly to a pimp named Dimitri. Then there is an enforcer/killer for hire named Lang who is just out of prison. Inspector Ewert Grens and his partner Sven pivot between these characters as the action soon heats up. When one of the girls goes beserk and the police are called, the threads wind up tightly, in ways Grens would prefer the rest of the world never finds out. But Sven has more of a consience and pursues leads on his own initiative. In the mean time, there are a few dead end plot lines that could have been left out but do lend a bit of authentic confusion to the police work aspect of the story. This is the world of scum and their victims, hunters and hunted, the innocent and abused all writ intimately and without the gloss other stories use to polish over the depravity.
All in all, this is a harsh story, one with few redeeming messages. Right to the end, the reader will be looking for some light at the end of the tunnel. Warning: there isn't much. Such is life as created by this team of authors. However, those readers who want a glimpse into the savage ways of human traficking will want to peer through this lense, if only to see how bad it can be and what happens when a person can't take it anymore.
I started reading this book after finishing Cell 8 (another Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström bestseller) in record time. It was not that that I had an expectation of this book, but I definitely did not think I would be disappointed as much as I am feeling right now. I have always veered towards the flawed detective novel and devoured one after the other (Kurt Wallander, Harry Hole, Erlendur and many more damaged, yet likable characters) and wanted more, but this time around, I found that flawed meant sacrificing justice for misplaced loyalty. Some things are just NEVER meant to be compromised, and as a woman, it cannot be tolerated, never be looked away from, never be hidden from the light. Read it and see how you perceive it, but I, personally, found it a disturbing book, distressing and disappointing.
I got wrapped up in this novel reading it on my Kindle in a few days. Tense, gritty situations and characters that are hard to forget. I enjoyed the ending and plot twists and have thought about this book for a few days after finishing it. Recognize that the story is very dark and does not have a redeeming quality...but the story really grabs you and you get sucked into a really black world...
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