A madcap new novel from the one-of-a-kind author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START AGAIN. AND AGAIN.
It’s always awkward when five thousand kronor goes missing. When it happens at a certain grotty hotel in south Stockholm, it’s particularly awkward because the money belongs to the hitman currently staying in room seven. Per Persson, the hotel receptionist, just wants to mind his own business, and preferably not get murdered. Johanna Kjellander, temporarily resident in room eight, is a priest without a vocation, and, as of last week, without a parish. But right now she has two things at her disposal: an envelope containing five thousand kronor, and an excellent idea . . .
Featuring one violent killer, two shrewd business brains and many crates of Moldovan red wine, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is an outrageously zany story with as many laughs as Jonasson’s multimillion-copy bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A novel that deals in manslaughter, homelessness and spiritual and secular crises of faith doesn’t necessarily sound like a laugh riot. But readers familiar with Swedish novelist Jonas Jonasson’s artfully outlandish books—The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden—will be well prepared for the unexpected. Our hitman hero is on the run from the mob, accompanied by an atheist priest and a wayward receptionist. Jonasson paints a delicious picture of the trio’s anarchic, bumbling trail of destruction before setting us up for a rewarding payoff.
This was the first Jonas Jonasson book I came across, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and subsequently purchased and read them all. I love the idea of an underdog protagonist who has to go substantial transformation and the comic journey that ensues. Jonasson’s book has enough absurdism and farce in it to deliver laughs a plenty, with some heartwarming tales of redemption for good measure. If you love Arrested Development and the ridiculous situations the Bluth family find themselves in, you’ll love all of Jonasson’s books.
If you like me love all of the other books by Jonas Jonasson then you will absolutely love this! Gripped by the first page and an absolute page turner from the get go, not only could I not put it down but would randomly laugh out loud at some of the funny remarks which always get me! One hell of an adventure, and one I wish for in lots for future books❤️
Quite a Yarn
A bit of a black comedy but more silly than satire. Not quite sure if the author was taking potshots at the Swedish or the church establishment. A lot of personal histories but not very light on descriptions and ambience.