This was one of those books that I literally judged by its cover and blurb. The concept was so outrageous and far fetched that I just had to buy it and see how this extraordinary idea of a book would pan out. It is a rip roaring roller-coaster of a novel that despite its outlandish premise moves seamlessly from adventure to adventure while keeping you enthralled at ever turn.
I’m not sure how Jonasson managed to combine Soweto, apartheid, atomic bombs, Mossad, forged Chinese pottery, twins who are technically one person, monarchists, anarchists and the King of Sweden but he did so in the most random and enthralling way.
Jonasson’s first novel The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared has been made into a film and the person who takes on this second novel will be brave but if the film version is half as good as the novel then it is set to be a great success. This is a great contrast to the volume nordic noir which has appeared in recent years and I recommend it as a great form of escapism and randomness.