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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the international best seller The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, a brilliant satirical novel set in modern Sweden - a story of idealism and fanaticism, gangsters and entrepreneurs, sensationalism and spirituality, that explores the values that matter in contemporary life.

In a former brothel turned low-rent hotel, the lives of three unusual strangers - a former female priest, recently fired from her church; the ruined grandson of an ex-millionaire working as a receptionist; and Killer-Anders, a murderer newly released from prison - accidentally collide, with darkly hilarious results.

Seeing a lucrative opportunity in Killer-Anders, the unlikely trio form an unusual new business. The Priest and The Receptionist will handle strategy and public relations and coordinate Killer-Anders' "missions". Using the media's obsessive need for sensational, headline-making stories to advertise their talent's superb "skill", they quickly build a clientele of rich Swedish gangsters. Suddenly they're making an altogether different kind of killing of their own.

But when Killer-Anders begins asking deeper questions about purpose and meaning, his curiosity leads him to an unexpected discovery: He finds Jesus. Desperate to save the money machine they've built, The Priest and The Receptionist devise an audacious plan utilizing Killer-Anders' newfound and decidedly fervent faith.

Mischievous yet bighearted, filled with Jonas Jonasson's trenchant humor and delightful twists, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is a delightful comic adventure that reminds us it's never too late to start over - and to discover what truly matters.

©2015 Jonas Jonasson. Translation © 2016 by Rachel Willson-Broyles (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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expected more from Jonasson

not his best work. after The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, and The 100 Year Old Man... this was a bit of a disappointment.

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Not as good as the author's other books

I was a little disappointed with this book. the author's other books have been some of my favorites, but the storyline of this book was not nearly as good.

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  • JNB
  • New York, NY United States
  • 06-28-16

Not as interesting as the 1st two

Loved the first two including the movie of 100 year old man. Just could not get into this as I did the others

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  • R
  • POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States
  • 08-15-18

A good story

A good story that made me laugh. Hosanna and Hallelujah. Hitman was my favorite character.

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pretty good

after reading other reviews I was hesitant to buy this but I did. I have read the other books by this author. It wasn't as good as the other books but I still enjoyed it.

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A different kind of story

Not my typical reading style or storyline. It was different, interesting and entertaining; an easy read.

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  • Ashton
  • Mishima-gun, Japan
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Not the hero's journey.

Funny, deep strangely realistic, refreshingly Swedish. Kenny is the best narrator working today. One of a scarce group who can add to and likely save a book from failure. Not that this book needs that.

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Just good fun

A fun, easy listen that follows on with the silliness of his previous book. I enjoyed it but will likely not remember it much.

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witty as ever Mr Jonasson.

just about the right amount of humor to spice things up . the performance is brilliant as expected

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