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Box 21

Roslund, Anders (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Box 21


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Three years ago, Lydia and Alena were two hopeful girls from Lithuania. Now they are sex slaves, lured to Sweden with the promise of better jobs and then trapped in a Stockholm brothel. What will happen when they get an unexpected chance at freedom?
Authors: Roslund, Anders, 1961-
Title: Box 21
Publisher: New York :, Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2009
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 393 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström
Notes: Translated from the Swedish
"English translation originally published in 2008 by Sphere, Great Britain, as The vault"--T.p. verso
Title appears on jacket as the number 21 in a box
Summary: Three years ago, Lydia and Alena were two hopeful girls from Lithuania. Now they are sex slaves, lured to Sweden with the promise of better jobs and then trapped in a Stockholm brothel. What will happen when they get an unexpected chance at freedom?
Additional Contributors: Hellström, Börge - 1957-
ISBN: 0374282951
9780374282950
Branch Call Number: FICTION ROSLUND 2009
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Report This Apr 06, 2014
  • Edgarmole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a real thriller, and you don't understand what has happened until the last page. Very good and complex character development. The theme of the book is how to deal with moral quandries, and the difference between guilt and shame. Excellent, fast paced novel, graphic but not overly uncomfortable to read. I would say, however, that the title is a mistranslation; the box refered to is actually a small public locker at the train station.

Report This Mar 09, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Many books in a library are listed as non-fiction when, in point of fact, they are indeed fictional. Others are classified as fiction, when they are thinly veiled books of truth. This is one of those, a brutal, yet thoroughly well written book more factual than fiction. (I would differentiate this novel from Stieg Larsson's because Stieg wrote fiction, ultimately portraying the State as the exemplar of justice, just containing some rogue elements, while reality is quite the opposite and this novel fictionalizes reality, but the stark reality most certainly comes through!)

Report This Mar 11, 2012
  • lisas2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome ! A horrible subject, but a fabulously written story. The ending is totally unexpected. I love these guys, and can't wait for them to write more books. Sadly I have already read everything they've written to date.

Report This Aug 17, 2011
  • vitareader rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Dark, dark, dark book. Stieg Larsson without the boring bits. The bad guys are super bad and the good guys are not so good either. Human trafficking of women for prostitution is an unspeakable trade and any and all revenge they could enact on their captors would never be enough. So dark, and the ending...

Report This Apr 14, 2011
  • MSkryuch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a good book! Do NOT read the last page first.

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