Based on a true story, The Father is part one of a two-novel series of three brothers who committed numerous bank robberies throughout Sweden, in the 1990s. With no criminal records, and their being under 24 years old, these brothers would eventually be known as criminal masterminds amid the glare of the international media.
Written by the fourth brother and a television journalist who reported the crimes at that time, this story shows how a father led his sons from being innocent children to being Sweden’s most wanted criminals.
This was a great read for me and the dialogue was well-written. Once I got toward the middle of the book, I couldn’t put it down. Towards the end, it was even better. In some ways, I did feel bad for the main characters, who were young boys who only wanted to be a family; however, years of dealing with their violent, overbearing father wound up leading them all to a life of crime.
I’m looking forward to the second book in the series. In fact, my reading this book may have inspired me to learn Swedish.
As always, feel free to comment. Happy reading!
The Father will be available in hardcover on April 5, 2016.
*I received this Advance Reader’s Copy from Quercus Books and Shelf Awareness, in a giveaway, for a honest review.
About the author: Anton Svensson is a pseudonym for Stefan Thunberg and Anders Roslund. Stefan Thunberg is one of Scandinavia’s most celebrated screenwriters. His work includes the TV series Henning Mankell’s Wallander and Håkan Nesser’s Van Veeteren. While Thunberg achieved success as a screenwriter, his father and brothers were Sweden’s most notorious bank robbers, known as Militärligan (The Military League), by the media. The Father is Thunberg’s debut novel. Anders Roslund is an award-winning investigative journalist and one of the acclaimed Scandinavian writers of our time. He is part of the New York Times bestselling author duo Roslund & Hellström, who are recipients of the CWA International Dagger, the Glass Key and the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, and who boast sales exceeding five million copies. The Father is Roslund’s seventh novel and the first time he has co-authored with Stefan Thunberg.