- Used Books
- Staff Picks
- Gifts & Gift Cards
- Sell Books
- Stores & Events
- Let's Talk Books
Special Offers see all
More at Powell's
Recently Viewed clear list
Easy Moneyby Jens Lapidus
Synopses & Reviews
From one of Sweden’s most successful defense lawyers comes an unflinching look at Stockholm’s underworld, told from the perspective of the mob bosses, the patsies, and the thugs who help operate its twisted justice system.
JW is a student having trouble keeping up appearances in the rich party crowd he has involved himself with. He’s desperate for money, and when he’s offered a job dealing drugs to the very crowd he’s vying for a place in, he accepts it. Meanwhile, Jorge, a young Latino drug dealer, has just broken out of jail and is itching for revenge. When JW’s supplier gets wind of Jorge’s escape, he suggests JW track him down and attempt to win his trust in order to cover more area in the drug circuit. But JW’s not the only one on Jorge’s trail: Mrado, the brutal muscle behind the Yugoslavian mob boss whose goons were the ones who ratted Jorge out to the cops, is also on the hunt. But like everyone else, he’s tired of being a mere pawn in an impossibly risky game, and he’s seeking to carve out a niche of his own. As the paths of these antiheroes intertwine further, they find themselves mercilessly pitted against one another in a world where allegiances are hard-won, revenge is hard-fought, and a way out of it all is even harder to come by.
Fast and intricately paced, and with pitch-perfect dialogue, Easy Money is a raw, dark, and intelligent crime novel that has catapulted Jens Lapidus into the company of Sweden’s most acclaimed crime writers.
"In the searing debut of Swedish criminal defense attorney Lapidus, three lost souls converge along cocaine's nightmare highway to hell. Fearsome Serbian Mrado, a collector/dealer/hit man for Yugo crime boss Radovan Kranjic, yearns for more visitation rights with his little daughter, Lovisa. Lower-middle-class JW, tormented by the disappearance of his sister, Camilla, uses coke to ingratiate himself with Stockholm's moneyed flaming youth. Meanwhile, Chilean prison escapee Jorge Salinas Barrio, a walking coke encyclopedia, wants revenge on Mrado and Radovan for sending him up, but he's also protecting his sister, Paola. Lapidus counterpoints the trio's individual pursuits of wealth, power, and human dignity with scraps of court testimony, confidential police memos, and newspaper accounts of police offensives against organized crime. This sprawling novel, full of offensive language, exposes moral degradation of every stripe while relentlessly depicting Sweden's underworld and the reasons it exists and grows. Author tour." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From one of Sweden’s most successful criminal defense lawyers—and one of the country’s youngest best-selling authors—comes an unflinchingly raw and suspenseful novel about three men caught up in the twisted justice that rules in Stockholm’s underworld.
Jorge is a young drug dealer and escaped convict plotting revenge against the men who ratted him out. JW, a student having trouble keeping up appearances with the rich party crowd he’s running with, is in desperate need of money. And Mrado, the muscle behind a Yugoslavian mob boss, who cracks fingers with one hand while stroking his daughter’s cheek with the other, is growing tired of doing the dirty work without any reward. As each man attempts to carve out his own niche in a world of coke dealing and organized crime, their paths cross and their lives quickly intertwine. And as the money rolls in faster and faster, and the stakes get higher and higher, they find that both the police and gang members are closing in on their game.
Intricately paced and with pitch-perfect dialogue, Easy Money has catapulted Jens Lapidus into the company of Sweden’s most acclaimed crime writers.
About the Author
Jens Lapidus is a criminal defense lawyer who represents some of Sweden’s most notorious underworld criminals. He lives in Stockholm with his wife.
What Our Readers Are Saying
Other books you might like