July 20, 2016 Leave a comment
I got an e-copy of this book from the publisher for review (via Netgalley).
In this new book from the writer of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, a priest and a receptionist (the former female, the latter male) plot a scheme so they can share in the money a hitman (Hitman Anders) makes. The priest – who does not believe in god and needs a new job – creates a business plan in which she and the receptionist find assignments for Anders. He’s done killing, but he’s happy to break bones and knee caps. They make a lot of money. But then they change their tactics a bit and find themselves the target of Stockholm’s most violent gangsters. No problem, the priest comes up with a viable new business plan and, while staying out of the hands of the gangsters, they earn a lot of money in a different, charitable, way. The hitman becomes quite famous and the priest and receptionist have trouble keeping the not-so-clever hitman out of view.
This was a fun read, but nowhere near as funny as The Hundred-Year-Old-Man. The couple think of a new type of business several times and it felt a little repetitive after a while. Anders was the main character of the book, according to the title, but the reader never got to know him very well. He remained a quirky person that played a secondary role to the priest and the receptionist. I’d have love to know what he himself thought of it all, but that never became clear.
Still, it was fun and if you enjoyed Jonasson’s other books, you should definitely try this one.