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The Father : Made In Sweden

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'The emotional centre of the story is truly compelling... the sweep and scope are epic'The HeraldThe Father is an unforgettable, thrilling crime novel of how three brothers came to be Sweden's most wanted criminals, inspired by the unbelievable true story and written by the fourth brother.How does a child become a criminal? How does a father lose a son?An epic crime novel reminiscent of The Godfather, Heat and Shantaram, The Father is inspired by the extraordinary true story of three brothers who held Sweden to ransom, committing ten audacious bank robberies over just two years.None had committed a crime before. All were under 22 years old. All of them would be changed forever.In this intoxicating, heartbreaking thriller, the fourth brother, who was not involved in the real robberies, tells of three boys who grew from innocent children to become public enemy number one - and of the man who made them that way.show more

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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 133 x 197 x 39mm | 395g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751557811
  • 9780751557817
  • 25,867

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A heartbreaking but fast-paced thriller, expect to be gripped and to question the bonds of brotherly love * Womans Way * A deep, clean cut into the body of fathers, sons, loyalty and family * Sainsburys Magazine * Heartbreakingly blurs the line between criminal and victim in this stunning first of a two-novel series based on a sensational string of bank robberies in 1990s Sweden * Publishers Weekly * Superior... builds to a breathless climax * Sun * Unique and stunning. One of the most powerful novels you'll read this year * Stephen Booth * The emotional centre of the story is truly compelling...the sweep and scope are epic * The Herald * A powerful real-life story * Guardian * [An] action-packed page turner - not for the faint of heart * Elle, Germany * It's extremely well written, thrilling, gripping, gruesome, cheerful, anguished, heartwarming, and ice cold - spectacular in all ways. The Father is a world-class piece of fiction * Fredericia Dagblad, Denmark * The structure is strictly cinematic: well-formed scenes with sharp dialogue and seamless progress, making reading a pleasure. Once you've started reading, it's hard to put the book down * Politiken, Denmark * Totally crazy, totally reckless and totally brilliant: a well-researched fictional reality of a book ... the best crime thriller of the year so far * Nordjyske Stiftstidende, Denmark * The Father is a technically wonderful novel crafted with breathtaking cleverness * Corriere della Sera, Italy * The Father provides an intriguing insight in the criminal life * De Telegraaf, Netherlands * Never before have I read a book that so successfully explains how people can end up as criminals * Het Nieuwsblad, Netherlands * It is amazing how much tension the authors create while merely describing the preparations for the robberies. Even more exciting are the robberies themselves * VN Thriller & Detective Guide, Netherlands * The meticulous preparation and execution of the robberies are depicted stunningly * NRC Handelsblad, Netherlands * An incredible crime novel * Brabants Dagblad, Netherlands * The Father is a book that will elicit a lot of response, a must-read for every crime lover. Actually, a must for anyone who likes to read * Hebban, The Netherlands * A book that seems infallible: bring on the cartloads of stars, the stellar reviews and the millions of readers * de Volkskrant, Netherlands * The Father is a novel where we know already from the beginning how it will all end, but the way there is worth our while * Aftonbladet, Sweden * A gripping coming-of-age story, flush with exciting scenes and the psychological battle between father and son * Falu-Kuriren, Sweden * The Father is thoroughly exciting from the first line to the last. Seductively well-written * Kristianstadsbladet, Sweden * A flawlessly constructed thriller * Femina, Sweden * A thrilling novel that becomes something much more than a book you can't put down * Tara, Sweden * The Father isn't just exciting-it also gives a sincere picture of a home that is a far cry from that of your average Joe * OElandsbladet, Sweden * The Father is more than a traditional suspense novel. It is also a story of exclusion, a fractured family, an unfamiliar Sweden and a kind of honour culture. This is why it is so totally relevant to us * Mariestads-Tidningen, Sweden * A very clever suspense novel, a classic story of crime and punishment that is simultaneously a gripping family drama with a genuinely painful element * BTJ, Sweden * It is captivating to read about the inner workings of a gang of robbers * Boras Tidning, Sweden * It is hard to put The Father down for more than the briefest moment. It is an empathetic story that vividly portrays perpetrators, victims and police * Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden * The craftsmanship in this novel is first-class. It is both exciting and dramatic in an almost cinematic way * Gefle Dagblad, Sweden * I have a soft spot not only for suspense novels, but also for coming-of-age stories; here, I get both! * Bokbabbel, Sweden * The action in The Father is captivating. It holds us in suspense from the first page to the last * LitteraturMagazinet, Sweden * One of the summer's best thrillers * Cafe, Sweden * A powerful and riveting reading experience * Deckarbloggen, Sweden * Many of the scenes stick with you * Expressen, Sweden * A remarkable blend of fact and fiction * Skanska Dagbladet, Sweden * An insider story that beats any action film * Aftonbladet, Sweden * An unbelievably exciting and authentic story. . . One of the year's best crime stories * OEstran, Sweden * Incredibly efficient and easy to read . . . gripping and thrilling * Helsingborgs Dagblad, Sweden * An incredible story * Crime Time * Mind boggling and captivating * The Crime Warp * Will delight fans of Nordic Noir * Crime Fiction Lover * A deep, clean cut into the body of fathers, sons, loyalty and family * Sainsburys Magazine * Superior. . . builds to a breathless climax * Sun * Unique and stunning. One of the most powerful novels you'll read this year * Stephen Booth * The emotional centre of the story is truly compelling . . . the sweep and scope are epic * Herald * A powerful real-life story * Guardian *show more

About Anton Svensson

'Anton Svensson' is a pseudonym for Stefan Thunberg and Anders Roslund. Stefan Thunberg is one of Scandinavia's most celebrated screenwriters. His body of work spans popular TV-series such as Henning Mankell's Wallander and Hakan Nesser's Van Veeteren as well as two of Sweden's biggest box office successes in recent years: Hamilton and Jagarna 2. While Thunberg achieved fame as a screenwriter, the rest of his family became infamous in an entirely different way: his father and brothers were Sweden's most notorious bank robbers, dubbed Militarligan (The Military Gang) by the media. The Father is Stefan Thunberg's debut novel. Anders Roslund is an award-winning investigative journalist and one of the most successful and critically acclaimed Scandinavian crime writers of our time. Roslund is part of the New York Times bestselling author duo Roslund & Hellstrom, who are recipients of many prestigious awards, including the CWA International Dagger, the Glass Key and the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award, and who boast sales exceeding five million copies. Films and TV series based on Roslund & Hellstrom's novels are in the works, both in Hollywood and Europe. The Father is Anders Roslund's seventh novel and the first he has co-authored with Stefan Thunberg.show more

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734 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
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4 42% (310)
3 26% (194)
2 5% (37)
1 2% (16)
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