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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

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From the author of the international bestseller 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—accidently 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 big-hearted, 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 to late to start over—and to discover what truly matters.

Portrait

Jonas Jonasson was a journalist for the Expressen newspaper for many years. He became a media consultant and later set up a company producing sports and events for Swedish television, before selling his company and moving abroad to work on his first novel. He is the author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, and Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All. He lives on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.

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Seitenzahl 312 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 26.04.2016
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780062458186
Verlag HarperCollins
Dateigröße 808 KB
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Hitman Anders
von miss.mesmerized am 24.04.2016
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Life is not fair and changes can be mean. This is Per Persson’s knowledge about life and the reason why he works as a receptionist in a run-down hotel where he also sleeps in a shabby room behind his workplace. One of his guests is Hitman Anders, a murderer who has just left prison after more than 30 years and who makes him shiv... Life is not fair and changes can be mean. This is Per Persson’s knowledge about life and the reason why he works as a receptionist in a run-down hotel where he also sleeps in a shabby room behind his workplace. One of his guests is Hitman Anders, a murderer who has just left prison after more than 30 years and who makes him shiver. When Per gets to know Johanna Kjellander, a priest who lost her parish due to faithless preaching, his life takes a whole new course. Johanna cleverly sees the chance to make something out of Hitman Anders’ presence – and especially to make money with the ex-criminal. What starts as a great business soon attracts the attention of Stockholm’s underworld and a crazy getaway across Sweden starts. Readers who loved “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window” and “The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden” will recognize Jonas Jonasson’s stile at once. Again, we find strange and singular characters who are far from being real and first of all classic losers but blessed with a certain cleverness which enables them to challenge life. This ends in total chaos as was to be expected, but is fun to read since you immediately fall for them and see the disaster coming. This might all sound a bit repetitive and yes, it is. Albeit new characters and a new story you cannot avoid a certain feeling of having it already read. For me, this was ok since what I appreciated most in the two predecessors was Jonasson’s way of writing, he is a master of a funning expression which makes you laugh over and over again. It is often short sentences which contain so much and are hilariously absurd. All in all, you get exactly what you expect from the author. A funny story written in Jonasson’s well known ironic-naïve stile.