Title: Slugger (The Stockholm Trilogy #3)
Author: Martin Holmén
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Release Date: September 22nd, 2017
Genre(s): LGBTQ Fiction, Suspense, Historical, Nordic Noir
Page Count: 383
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
It’s summer in Stockholm, and the city is sweltering in the grip of a rare heatwave while fascists and communists beat each other bloody in the streets. Harry Kvist has had enough. It’s time for him to leave. But first he has some business to take care of. His old friend and ex-lover, Reverend Gabrielsson, has been murdered, and the police are more interested in anti-Semitic rumours than finding the truth.
Kvist investigates the only way he knows how, with his fists, uncovering a Nazi terrorist plot and a cabal of corrupt cops. Before long he finds himself caught in the middle of a turf war between two of the city’s most brutal gangs. Can he fight his way out of one last corner and find a way to freedom, or has Kvist finally taken a punch too many?
For me, personally, it was THE BEST installment in the series. And of course, an admirable final of a great series. And…the one that drove me nuts THE MOST. No, not because of Kvist or a story-line. But because of Martin Holmén, or, better to say, his writing style, every now and then.
He has an affinity for A VERY DETAILED writing style: I HATED it and…I LOVED it of course. Do I need to know the exact detailed description of the people passing by, for example, who have nothing to do with a story AT ALL?! But otherwise…how could you create this fantastic historical atmosphere of 1930’s Stockholm?!..Every detail counts.
The suspense in the last part of the book was hardly to endure . But it is not only the suspense, it is a lyrical prose, a fascinating character, an amazing Nordic Noir.
The ending was not THAT surprising, though I honestly hoped to get another outcome.
If you want a different outcome, you can skip the epilogue. But I don’t think you should do it.
Martin Holmén, you are on my radar. I am looking forward to your next book!