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The Andalucian Friend

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The Andalucian Friend

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Alexander Soderberg
publisher:
Crown
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Sorry, IKEA meatballs — you’ve officially been replaced by literary thrillers as Sweden’s top cultural export. Söderberg is the latest to join the umlauted empire led by Larsson, Läckberg, Mankell, et al., and like many of his peers he’s working a long game: The Andalucian Friend is the first in a projected trilogy. Also like many of them, he leads with a strong female — not a steely detective or a tattooed hacker, but a young widowed nurse living quietly with her son in a Stockholm suburb. Enter Hector Guzman, a mysterious, requisitely sexy patient in her ward, who abruptly plunges her into a criminal underworld that stretches from Russia to Paraguay. The sprawling cast and slow-burn plotting may frustrate some, but Söderberg rewards patience with subtler thrills — and an excellent vicarious passport. A-