Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Spotlight: The Father by Anton Svensson

This morning I have for you something a little different instead of a review, a spotlight feature for a book that has been inspired by the unbelievable true story of how three brothers came to be Sweden's most wanted criminals, written by the fourth brother.

How does a child become a criminal? How does a father lose a son?

An epic crime novel with the excitement of Jo Nesbo's Headhunters and the depth of We Need to Talk About Kevin, THE FATHER is a work of fiction, inspired by the extraordinary true story of three brothers who held Sweden to ransom, committing ten audacious bank robberies over just two years (in the early 1990s) and who rewrote Swedish criminal history. 

None had committed a crime before. All were under 24 years old. All of them would be changed forever.

In this intoxicating, heart-breaking 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 father who made them that way. This is a gripping story about a family, about the bonds of brotherly love and the complex relationship between fathers and sons.

The Father is the first part of a two-part series, with the second part, The Son, to publish in hardback in 2017.  There is also a 6-part podcast Made in Sweden on iTunes which can be downloaded free here.

Author Bio: 

'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 Håkan Nesser's Van Veeteren as well as two of Sweden's biggest box office successes in recent years: Hamilton and Jägarna 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 Militärligan (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 & Hellström, 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 & Hellström'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.

Website: http://www.roslund-thunberg.com

Today I should have been sharing with you a guest review but sadly this book did not turn out to be one that she could finish reading due to its violent nature which is why I decided to do this spotlight feature to honour our commitment to the publisher and give readers the chance to make up their own mind if it's one that they want to read. 

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