Down for the Count (The Stockholm Trilogy #2)

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Title: Down for the Count (The Stockholm Trilogy #2)
Author: Martin Holmén
Publisher: Pushkin Vertigo
Release Date: August 15th 2017
Genre(s): Gay fiction, Mystery, Noir
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

The second hard-hitting Harry Kvist thriller – fresh out of prison, Harry is determined to avenge a friend’s murder, and expose a police cover-up protecting people in high places…
Harry has been in Langholmen jail for a year and a half, but is about to be released. He is looking forward to building a life with his new lover outside the prison gates.
But no sooner is he back home than he finds that his friend Beda has been murdered and, even worse, that her disabled son Petrus is accused of the crime. Harry investigates, and finds evidence of a cover-up and a trail of guilt leading all the way to the royal family. What will Harry have to do to free Petrus and bring the real murderers to justice?

A Swedish noir par excellence. Bravo.

Martin Holmén turned this finest piece of prose into a small work of art.

Stockholm, November, 1935.
After one and half year Harry Kvist is released from prison. He has something to look forward.
He is in love. He is full of hopes and…butterflies. His Doughboy whom he got to know in the jail has just one week left. Kvist has to wait exactly seven DAYS and then he’ll wait for his lover outside the gates of Langholmen jail. To start a new life. With his Doughboy. With a new suit. Because he promised.

“A promise is a promise”.

The countdown has started.

NO ONE and even less Harry Kvist himself (yes, my friends, NOT even me!!!) COULD have expected/imagined WHAT a crazy week had awaited him. The LONGEST 7 days of his life.

And what for a GRANDIOSE finale! Even when I thought, I GOT a feeling, I KNEW it, I GUESSED it right…Martin Holmén took me by surprise.

A very BE-A-U-TI-FUL ending, marvelous writing, fascinating character, an amazing authentic historical atmosphere, great mystery.

My TINY complaint. The details. The good and the irritating things at the same moments. Martin Holmén is obsessed with details. I adore it, I hate it. Because sometimes it was just too much of details within a very thrilling moment. Suddenly the focus went away from the story line to the descriptions of the surroundings. In SOME cases it was just a bit inappropriate that braked the dynamic of the plot.

The details, in principle, are THE BEST things in the series. And they are sooooo important! And the author knows exactly how to benefit them the best.

And do you know WHAT? I don’t want to look like I’m searching for the “fly in the ointment”.
This series is amazing.

Highly recommended.


The Stockholm Trilogy

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I’m sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I’m a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.

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