Lydia Grajauskas will never forget the face. The face of the trafficker who brought her to Stockholm: the man responsible for three unrelenting years of forced prostitution and slavery.
DCI Ewert Grens will never forget the name. The name of the prisoner the day his life was destroyed: the man responsible for 25 years of torturous heartache.
Sweden will never forget their revenge....
Box 21 is a steely, airtight thriller containing both the harshest aspects of degradation and retaliation and the toughest questions surrounding the morality of violent and obsessive reprisal.
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'Gritty' or exploitative?
I enjoyed earlier Roslund et al. stories, '3 seconds' particularly. They write with a good sense of pace. This one was different, very different I felt.
The subject of this story is the sex trade, the exploitation of immigrant girls in Scandinavia. Now I am sure that this is a disgusting business, well obviously it is. However, for me, the pleasure of listening was destroyed by the overly graphic and explicit language used to describe aspects of the girls lives. OK for a shock-horror campaign briefing, but I want to listen to a book for fun I quess, and this goes too far for me. I don't really need to hear graphic details of how objects are forcibly inserted into young kidnapped girls "c...ts" ( a word used too often for a story I feel) to make a point.
I probably could have overlooked this at times if the story was going anywhere, it doesn't really, it just wanders from offensive scene to offensive scene.
It's going back.