Box 21

Box When a severely wounded woman is brought to a hospital in Stockholm doctors are horrified to learn that her injuries are the result of a brutal whipping She is Lydia a victim of people trafficking

  • Title: Box 21
  • Author: Anders Roslund
  • ISBN: 9789164202031
  • Page: 297
  • Format: None
  • When a severely wounded woman is brought to a hospital in Stockholm, doctors are horrified to learn that her injuries are the result of a brutal whipping She is Lydia, a victim of people trafficking, a young girl from Lithuania sold by her boyfriend and now trapped in a Stockholm brothel, forced to repay her debt In the same hospital, police officer Sven Sundkvist andWhen a severely wounded woman is brought to a hospital in Stockholm, doctors are horrified to learn that her injuries are the result of a brutal whipping She is Lydia, a victim of people trafficking, a young girl from Lithuania sold by her boyfriend and now trapped in a Stockholm brothel, forced to repay her debt In the same hospital, police officer Sven Sundkvist and senior officer Ewert Grens are chasing a lead that may just expose a notorious mafia boss, a dangerous man Grens hates with a vengeance Two stories of passionate reprisal twist together, ending in a dramatic climax,two bullet riddled bodies and a room full of hostages in the hospital s basement But in the cold light of day, will Sven protect the senior officer he so admires, even from his own corruption

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    1. Roslund, Anders, and Hellstrom, Borge. BOX 21. (2009). **. Hailed by many critics as the new thriller-blockbuster from Sweden, I got the feeling that it was a paint by numbers book assembled by two writers who only had bright day-glo colors to work with. The book is written in a hop-scotch style that revels in scenes of macabre sex and domination, and the investigation put on by a team of Swedish police is directed by flashbacks of the chief investigator of an accident that left his wife paralyz [...]

    2. Having read somewhere that fans of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo would also like this book, I picked it up. It's nothing like Stieg Larsson's book at all. In his novel, there's a mystery to be had as well as a strong heroine who lives by her own inner sense of morality and never wavers. Here, what you've got is a police procedural, a story of revenge and betrayal, and at its heart, an ethical and moral dilemma. That's not to say that this isn't a good book (it is), but it's a different animal alto [...]

    3. This novel centers around the trafficking of sex workers from the Baltic states to Sweden, which is apparently a big problem, as it seems to pop up in a lot of Swedish crime novels (and was the subject of a harrowing film called Lilya-4-Ever). Though I found this book tautly written and difficult to predict, it's awfully bleak.The Russian mob does a nice business by hoodwinking young girls, with the promise of high-paying jobs, into leaving their humble origins in Russia or the Baltic states and [...]

    4. PROTAGONIST: Detec. Ewert GrensSETTING: StockholmRATING: 4.5It’s really disheartening to think of the thousands (millions?) of women’s lives that have been destroyed by the sex slave industry. BOX 21 takes us deep into that world by focusing on the situation of two Lithuanian women who were forced into sex slavery in Sweden. The book tells their story in a very straightforward manner. The wrongs that they have to endure are heartrending. Locked into an apartment for three years and forced to [...]

    5. Hmmmmm, not so much. A thriller set in Stockholm. The main character is a detective superintendent who, 30 years earlier, watched his partner, also the love of his life get gunned down. She lived, and resides in a facility where she is cared for, and has the brain function of a baby. She does not know Grens, her former lover. But he spends his entire life mourning her loss, alienating everyone in his life except the other police officer who was at the scene. They form a strong bond and friendshi [...]

    6. Silly, run-of-the-mill thriller "spiced" with sex and gruesome violence. Skip in favor of almost anything.On a side note, the writers of this one said in an interview in Sweden's largest newspaper that the fact that a number of police procedural authors were collaborating on books nowadays were because ofem(!) Apparently, in their minds, they invented the method in 2004. Just to mention the most blatant counter argument; Maj Sjöwall & Wahlöö Per - 10 groundbreaking, defining novels, kicke [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. not very well written AT ALL not "bound to please fans of Stieg Larsson" because Steig Larssons characters jump off the page, you feel for them, understand them, care for them worry for them hate them. Box 21 is such a disappointment. These characters are so one dimensional that their actions do not make sense, and not in the artsy "well humans are complex creatures and do not always make complete sense". It's just simply poorly written.

    9. This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a really long time. I liked everything about it, the writing style, the characters, everything was perfect. This would be the perfect gift for the reader in your life.

    10. If you like a crime book where justice is served and the villains pay for their crimes, don't read this novel. I was very frustrated and saddened by the ending.

    11. RATING: 4.5It’s really disheartening to think of the thousands (millions?) of women’s lives that have been destroyed by the sex slave industry. BOX 21 takes us deep into that world by focusing on the situation of two Lithuanian women who were forced into sex slavery in Sweden. The book tells their story in a very straightforward manner. The wrongs that they have to endure are heartrending. Locked into an apartment for three years and forced to service at least a dozen men each day, Lydia Gra [...]

    12. Hlavní hrdinkou tohoto románu je Lydia Grajaukas, která byla pod slibem zaměstnání a svobody přepravena z Litvy do Švédska (Stockholmu). Ale ukázalo se, že byla další obětí překupnictví s bílým masem a koupil ji pasák jménem Dimitrij. Když si Lydia po letech bokem něco ušetří, vždy za extra služby si řekla něco na víc, odmítne dále dělat kurvu. Dimitrij ji za to zbije do bezvědomí, ale s podezřením na domácí násilí do bytu vtrhne policie. V Södermalmsk [...]

    13. ''Αυτή η ντροπή είναι μεγαλύτερη από οτιδήποτε άλλο. Αυτό το τίμημα δεν είναι κανένας διατεθειμένος να το πληρώσει. Μια απομόνωση της οποίας η διάρκεια είναι παντοτινή'' (Σελ. 437)Κάθε βιβλίο των Roslund kai Hellstrom που διαβάζω με αφήνει στο τέλος με μια πικρή αίσθηση, τα φινάλε των σκο [...]

    14. Crime novels are generally not something that holds a lot of interest for me, but I have to admit that I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Box 21 deals with human trafficking and sexual slavery, so trigger warning for those who might have sensitivities to those subjects. The chapters were short and alternated between the perspectives of several characters which kept the pacing fast. I liked characters' who had perspective chapters where not just the main detectives (Ewert Grens and Sven Sundkvist) b [...]

    15. A book filled with frustrating characters, sensationalistic themes, and a masterfully constructed plot. Box 21 tells the story of Swedish police investigating a hostage/murder-suicide incident at a hospital. The perp is a young girl who has been kept as a sex slave for three years. The police have to uncover the dark secrets of modern slavery and sexual abuse, while struggling with the ethical behaviour of their own force. The blurb on the cover compares the novel to Stieg Larsson's Millenium tr [...]

    16. I had a hard time rating this book. It's well written--the characterization is good, once things get going, and the plotting and pacing are good as well. That being said, the book is about despicable people doing horrific things, and two policemen who are so concerned about a partner's reputation that they destroy evidence without giving a single thought to stopping the bad guys.The theme is an increasingly common one: young girls taken from Eastern European countries with a promise of a better [...]

    17. The Vault (in my translation, Box 21) by Anders Roslund is the second in a series following the gritty cases of hard-core police detectives Gresn & Sundkvist. There is passion but no sentimentality in this police procedural about a young girl kidnapped from Vilnius and forced into prostitution who seeks vengeance and the vengeance Detective Grens seeks on the man who destroyed the life of fellow detective (and love of his life) Anni, 20 years earlier.The story is often sordid, filled with ju [...]

    18. Another Swedish mystery set in a similar style as Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy. What is it with these Swedish mystery writers that makes their novels so gruesome and gritty? Is it the long, cold, dark winters? This was indeed a gruesome book, but well worth reading. The authors explore a seamy side of Swedish culture that I for one, was not aware of, and that is the sex slave business in Sweden, run mostly by Russian and Lithuanian mobsters. But it was also the rich characterization of the [...]

    19. Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes I've read some of the books by Roslund and Hellstrom and I've yet to find one that disappoints me. Box 21 however might be the best one yet. I was immediately into the story and found it very hard to put down. Even after finishing it, I took the story with me for quite some time. I would certainly recommend it to people who like the Scandinavian crime novel.

    20. Oh,dear! So much for justice! Why is it that one wants the criminal meet their comeuppance and feels truly disappointed when it is not so? This novel is too near to the truth in its rawness and leaves you with despair on the system.

    21. I wanted to like this book, but it was just too heavy-handed and predictable. The social issue though is shocking, disturbing, and very sad.

    22. Read another of Roslund's books over the summer and Skip suggested I read this one (earlier story with same police detectives). Good writing, if a little grisly on subject material.

    23. Rozjezd pomalý ale vypadá to dobře. Dočteno, jsem plný dojmů Nebál bych se Box 21 přirovnat ke Spasiteli Jo Nesba - i tady čtenář celou dobu něco předpokládá a nakonec ho autor docela slušně na samotný závěr překvapí. Přidám recenzi:Lydia je kurva. Litevská kurva, aby bylo jasno. Kurva z donucení. To mají muži ve Švédsku rádi. Holka, kterou můžeš ponížit, chutná jinak než emancipovaná Švédka. Trvá to už tři roky. Dost dlouho na to, aby Lydia znala úch [...]

    24. The book describes human trafficking, prostitution, and their consequences. Although some details are disturbing they still make you wonder about this problem, especially when you realize it could be happening in the apartment in the apartment next to yours. They prey on young girls (16, 17 years) who live in poor areas and promise them they can earn a lot in a big city. What happened to Lydia Grajauskas and her friend is also happening to many other girls just like them. That's why neither Ewer [...]

    25. This is a very dark book; mainly because of the subject matter, human trafficking and witness intimidation; but also because of the lead character DSI Ewart Grens, a policeman forever haunted by a serious injury to his partner some years before this book. It is most certainly categorisable as Scandinavia-Noir and is more noir even than that. I found it compelling reading despite the authors’ over indulgence I’d descriptions of the violence done to one lead character and dine by another. In n [...]

    26. Classic “Nordic” thriller book. Even after I figured out who are the villains, I kept interested in the story, because it’s not the main subject of the book; the way how people push their beliefs away because of friendship is the point. If you are a fan of happy endings, this is not for you.

    27. A quite complicated Swedish noir novel — dealing with sex trafficking, as well as themes such as friendship, betrayal, guilt, shame. Some violence. Not everything ends up resolved, either. Very well done, though rather depressing.

    28. このシリーズは、過剰暴力の描写がいいですね。日本でも相当ひどいことが行われてると思いますが、北欧は素敵!じゃないとんでもなく病んでるのが、伝わります。ただ、帯がよくない。ラスト3行が、って書くから、読めちゃったジャン。今回も正解したよ。誰でも正解すると思うけど。余計なことは書かないでいただきたい。ラスト3行よりも、3年前の話になる直前 [...]

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