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The Andalucian Friend

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The Andalucian Friend

A Novel
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A Monumental Crime Thriller--The First of a Trilogy--That Will Set the World On Fire When Sophie Brinkmann meets Hector Guzman, her life is perfectly uneventful. She's a nurse and a single mother,...
A Monumental Crime Thriller--The First of a Trilogy--That Will Set the World On Fire When Sophie Brinkmann meets Hector Guzman, her life is perfectly uneventful. She's a nurse and a single mother,...
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  • A Monumental Crime Thriller--The First of a Trilogy--That Will Set the World On Fire

    When Sophie Brinkmann meets Hector Guzman, her life is perfectly uneventful. She's a nurse and a single mother, living with her son in a sleepy Stockholm suburb. She likes Guzman's quiet charm and easy smile; she likes the way he welcomes her into his family. She quickly learns, though, that his smooth façade masks something much more sinister--he's the head of an international crime ring that is at war with a rival organization. Before she can fully grasp the extent of his dangerous world, her life starts to come undone: her family is at risk, a long-lost friend mysteriously resurfaces, and she realizes that she can trust no one. Whether she likes it or not, she's now at the center of a global turf war between Spanish drug traffickers, German gangsters, Russian hit men, and Swedish cops. To get out alive, and with her integrity intact, she will have to summon everything within her to navigate this intricate web of moral ambiguity, deadly obsession, and craven gamesmanship.
    The Andalucian Friend is a breathtaking thriller of the first order--turbo-charged, action-packed, highly sophisticated, and unputdownable.

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    There was something about her that made some people say she didn't look like a nurse, and she could never figure out if this was a compliment or an insult. She had long, dark hair and a pair of green eyes that sometimes gave the impression that she was about to burst out laughing. She wasn't; that was just the way she looked, as if she had been born with a smile in her eyes.

    She went down the stairs, which creaked beneath her feet. The house --a fairly small, yellow wooden villa built in 1911, with leaded windows, shiny old parquet floors, and a garden that could have been bigger --was her place on this earth, she realized that the first time she saw it.

    The kitchen window was open to the still spring evening. The smell coming through the window was more summer than spring. Summer wasn't supposed to arrive for several weeks, but the heat had come early and not wanted to leave. Now it was just hanging there, heavy and completely still. She was grateful for it, needed it, enjoyed being able to have her windows and doors open --being able to move freely between outside and in.

    There was the sound of a moped in the distance, a thrush was singing in a tree --other birds too, but she didn't know their names.

    Sophie got out the china and set the table for two, with the best plates, nicest cutlery, and the finest glasses, avoiding the workaday as best she could. She knew she would be eating alone, seeing as Albert ate when he was hungry, which seldom coincided with her timing. She heard his steps on the stairs --sneakers on old oak wood; a bit too heavy, a bit too hard --Albert wasn't bothered by the noise he was making. She smiled at him as he came into the kitchen; he smiled back boyishly, yanked open the fridge door, and stood there for far too long, staring at the contents.

    "Shut the fridge, Albert."

    He stood where he was; she ate for a while, idly leafing through a newspaper, then she looked up, said the same thing again, this time with a hint of irritation in her voice.

    "I can't move . . . ," he whispered theatrically.

    She laughed, not so much at his dry sense of humor but more because he was just funny, which made her happy . . . proud, even.

    "How was your day?" she asked.

    She could see he was close to laughter. She recognized the signs, he always thought his own jokes were funny. Albert took a bottle of mineral water from the fridge, slammed the door, and jumped up onto the kitchen counter. The carbon dioxide hissed as he unscrewed the top.

    "Everyone's mad," he said, taking a sip. Albert started to tell her about his day in small fragments as they occurred to him. She listened and smiled as he made fun of the teachers and other people. She could see he enjoyed being amusing, then suddenly he was done. Sophie could never figure out when this was going to happen; he would just stop, as if he had gotten fed up with himself and his sense of humor. And she felt like reaching out to him to ask him to stay, carry on being funny, carry on being human, friendly, and mean at the same time. But that wasn't how it worked. She'd tried before and it had gone wrong, so she let him go.

    He disappeared into the hall. A short silence; maybe he was changing his shoes.

    "You owe me a thousand kronor," he said.

    "What for?"

    "The cleaning lady came today."

    "Don't say 'cleaning lady.'"

    She heard the zip of his jacket.

    "So what should I say?"

    She didn't know. He was on his way out through the door.

    "Kiss, kiss, Mom," he said, his tone suddenly gentle.

    The...

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  • ALEXANDER SÖDERBERG has worked as a screenwriter for Swedish television. His work includes the TV adaptations of Camilla Läckberg's and Åke Edwardsson's novels. He lives in the countryside in the south of Sweden with his wife and children. THE ANDALUCIAN FRIEND is his first novel.

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