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The Other Son by Alexander Soderberg
Jul 21, 2015 | ISBN 9780770436094

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Praise for The Andalucian Friend:

“Epic… The Andalucian Friend is a crime novel that mixes familial drama — the Guzman crime family is drawing comparisons to Mario Puzo’s Corleones — gang wars, the illegal gun trade, break-the-rules cops and unspeakable violence…The scope of this novel is sometimes astounding and always fascinating.”—USA Today

“Scandinavian crime fiction finds a new voice in Alexander Söderberg. . . .[a] dark, intricate debut novel.”—Los Angeles Times

“[A] tense, accomplished debut. . . . Complex but swift, well-written and often grisly. . . . There are enough aspects left unresolved to look forward to at least two more books of deadly peril, with new danger at every turn.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Takes up Stieg Larsson’s mantle in icy, brutal style. . . . This adrenalized debut leads you into a European drug ring and introduces an unlikely heroine who’s caught in the crossfire.” —Entertainment Weekly

“An enjoyably offbeat thriller about rival gangs fighting over an international drug-smuggling route. . . . [Söderberg] writes with feeling about the crushing psychological stress felt by both cops and criminals.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A timely thriller [that] adds some gritty saturated color to the minimal black-and-white palette of Nordic noir. . . . Intriguing.” —Mystery Scene

“Imagine The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Sopranos, then crank up the intrigue and rip off the knob.  Alexander Söderberg has penned an awesome thriller you won’t want to miss.” —Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Black List

“One of the many wonderful things about Alexander Söderberg’s novel, The Andalucian Friend, is how it upsets our expectations.  His cops act like gangsters, while his gangsters (some of them) attain a startling sort of nobility.  Söderberg has created an entertaining, engaging, and wonderfully bloody-minded world.  He’s agreat storyteller.  It’s that simple.” —Scott Smith, author of The Ruins

“The international cast is packed with compelling bad guys, the plot is intricate and urgent, and the dialogue is tense and true and sometimes even funny. A joy-ride of a read.” —Chris Pavone, author of The Expats 

“Get ready for another round of hype in which one more heavily promoted Scandinavian thriller will be touted as ‘the next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’ It’s a shame, really, because this gripping crime novel, the first in a trilogy, deserves to stand completely on its own. Yes, it’s set largely in Stockholm, and, yes, it stars a woman of remarkable strength and resiliency, but Soderberg, a veteran screenwriter, is a very different kind of writer than investigative journalist Larsson; this novel is much faster paced than Dragon Tattoo, and while the multiple characters are richly complex, the narrative rumbles ever forward without Larsson’s emphasis on backstory and research techniques. When we first meet Sophie Brinkman, an unassuming nurse and single mother, she seems the polar opposite of Lisbeth Salander. That changes slowly but inexorably after Sophie gets to know one of her patients, the suave Hector Guzman, a charming family man but also—as Sophie eventually discovers—the head of an international crime ring. (Comparisons to the Corleone family are also inevitable and not entirely unjustified.) Soon enough, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a gang war as Guzman’s family battles a rival Russian contingent. Throw in a gaggle of rogue cops and Sophie’s old boyfriend, who turns up out of nowhere with a history of his own, and you have a multistranded plot that holds together as exquisitely as finely wound silk. But, as with the Larsson trilogy, it’s the woman at the center who sparks the engine. By novel’s end, Sophie has realized that ‘she was bigger than she had dared to see.’ We see it, too, and are ready to follow her anywhere.”Booklist (starred review)
“A tale of cutthroat mob bosses. . . . Söderberg writes exceptionally well-drawn and sympathetic characters . . . and has the chops to move a story along with the best of them.”—BookPage 

“Excellent. . . . [A] jam-packed plot.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Söderberg is masterful.” Kirkus Reviews

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