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Cell 8

Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Series: Ewert Grens, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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A cheap crooner by the name of John Schwarz earns his keep on a ferry between Sweden and Finland singing evergreens for drunken passengers.

One night, he loses his temper with a man harassing women in the crowd, beating him unconscious. As drunken brawls are commonplace on the Baltic cruising ferries, no one raises an eyebrow. No one, that is, but Detective Ewert Grens. Concerned by the details of the case report, Grens can't help but think someone capable of such violence must have a history of it.

Suspicion turns to shock when Grens discovers that John Schwarz is not who he says he is, but instead John Meyer Frey--an American citizen from Ohio; shock because John Meyer Frey died on Death Row the previous year.

This mystery initiates the most remarkable criminal investigation of Grens's career, the reverberations of which will reach the highest tier of international politics, and blow the worldwide debate on the death penalty wide open.

©2012 Anders Roslund, Borge Hellstrom (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Howard
  • Cumberland, MD, United States
  • 01-08-12

A long journey for justice

Cell 8 is the story of revenge justice and the long outdated belief that an "eye-for-eye" is just. Cell 8 takes many shortcuts with due process and international laws. The story is still enjoyable and full of meaning, both tangible and intangible, even with the apparent ignorance toward official procedures. The death penalty is center stage thoughout the book and may not be enjoyable for someone who is strongly locked into an opinion at either extreme. This story makes others with less conviction question whether they support or oppose the taking of a life as a just form of criminal punishment. Several story arcs are started and left unresolved which screams that more books are on the way from these fine authors. I admit I found Three Seconds a more compelling story than Cell 8, but both are credit worthy. Mr. Lane gives a great performance and contributes to the enjoyment of Cell 8.

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  • Jeremy
  • Winfield, IL, United States
  • 04-23-12

Good but not great

Listeners who enjoyed Roslund & Hellstrom's Three Seconds will likely find the followup to be just about as good. In some ways it's even better, as the characters are now a little more familiar to both the authors and the readers. In other ways it's less good, as there's not as much of a mystery to the story as there was in the first book. Be prepared for a pretty blatant anti-death penalty message without a lot of subtlety. If you don't mind that, the story is entertaining. The problem with a "message book" like this is that the authors' viewpoint tends to take center stage, and the story takes a backseat. That is mostly not the case here, happily. The authors are against the death penalty; that seems clear. But since most of the world is against it too, I'm not sure now necessary it is to beat readers over the head with it. Nevertheless, the story is creative, the narration is very good (Christopher Lane really does a good job with the Swedish accents), and the characters are believable. Inspector Ewert Grens comes across wonderfully in the audio version; it's hard to imagine him being as good if you were reading the print version. This is a good example of where the audiobook adds layers that the print book almost certainly does not. That alone is a good reason to give it a listen, in my view.

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WHAM!!! This book is good on several levels and darned if they
don't come slamming together at the end. I was listening kind of
casually, this seems a bit dull at times, but the author starts weaving in stories of all kinds of
characters and as these stories
come to life there is no worry about dull. This is complex, intelligent and beautifully constructed. Recommended!

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  • Susan
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 01-07-12

Must read

I seem to always say the same thing about all the Scandinavian crime writers they are the the best. Roslund and Hellstrom have written the best essay against the death.since Death Man Walking was published. This is for people against, for and on the fence regarding the legal killing of humans in the United States.

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Really enjoyed!

This was a great read and I look forward to the next novel by these authors!

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Awful read and narration!

Hate to say this, but the book is so boring and narration is so bad that I couldn't finish it. A terrible waste of time and money!

Be careful.

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