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A Monumental International Crime Thriller That Brad Thor Calls "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Sopranos."Enemies Are Everywhere When Sophie Brinkmann—nurse, widow, single mother—meets Hector Guzman, her life is uneventful. She likes his quiet charm and easy smile; she likes the way he welcomes her into his family. She quickly learns, though, that his smooth façade masks something much more sinister. Guzman is the head of a powerful international crime ring with a reach into drugs and weapons that extends from Europe to South America. His interests are under siege by a ruthless German syndicate who will stop at nothing to stake their claim. But the Guzmans are fighters and will go to war to protect what’s rightfully theirs. The conflict quickly escalates to become a deadly turf war between the rival organizations that includes an itinerant arms dealer, a deeply disturbed detective, a vicious hit man, and a wily police chief. Sophie, too, is unwittingly caught in the middle. She must summon everything within her to navigate this intricate web of moral ambiguity, deadly obsession, and craven gamesmanship. The Andalucian Friend is a powerhouse of a novel—turbo-charged, action-packed, highly sophisticated, and epic in scope—and announces Alexander Söderberg as the most exciting new voice in thrillers in a generation.read more
a most excellent 5 star read...just barelyWow, I loved this book… at least I think did! It is very different from other crime/thriller books I have read.In the front of the book is a list of characters… you know you are in for some confusion when you see that. And I was confused quite a bit at first, yet I could not put this huge book down. It is not edge of your seat all the time but the suspense alone will make you crazy.There are more thugs, idiots, crooked police & murderers in this book that I wondered how I could possibly like any of the characters, and yet I did. Hector, yikes he scared the wits out of me and yet I enjoyed him immensely.How about the boob Lars who eventually had his day towards the end?I loved Jens and then there was poor, poor Albert! And of course Sophie who, at times I wanted to smack sideways! She seemed to be getting run over by everyone and losing her way, that is until the end of book one in this trilogy. What Hector did while he and Sophie were getting shot at in the car by the crazed motorcycle dudes wow, I can not wait to see how that one plays out! Sophie Brinkman is just your average single mom, a nurse who has a 15 yr. old son that she goes home to each night. One day while at the hospital she catches the eye of Hector Guzman, Who seems to be just your average guy who is in the hospital with a broken leg, but when they become friends, Sophie’s whole world along with her son’s and almost every character in this book will forever more be changed. Hector Guzman is a gangster who is into drugs, guns & murder. He has German & Russian gangsters who want a piece of the action and they all have the Swedish police after them! At times it seems like everyone is backstabbing, lying, not following orders, making their own rules and ripping each other off!I cheered when Eric and Gunilla finally got what they deserved. I will have to read the other 2 books to find out if Sophie’s world changes for the good or not.read more
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