Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

A Novel

Book - 2016
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From the author of the international bestseller The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, a brilliant satirical novel set in modern Sweden--a story of idealism and fanaticism, gangsters and entrepreneurs, sensationalism and spirituality, that explores the values that matter in contemporary life. In a former brothel turned low-rent hotel, the lives of three unusual strangers--a former female priest, recently fired from her church; the ruined grandson of an ex-millionaire working as a receptionist; and Killer-for hire Anders, a murderer newly released from prison--accidently collide with darkly hilarious results. Seeing a lucrative opportunity in Hitman Anders, the unlikely trio form an unusual new business. The Priest and The Receptionist will handle strategy and public relations, and coordinate Hitman Anders' "missions." Using the media's obsessive need for sensational, headline-making stories to advertise their talent's superb "skill," they quickly build a clientele of rich Swedish gangsters. Suddenly, they're making an altogether different kind of killing of their own. But when Hitman Anders begins asking deeper questions about purpose and meaning, his curiosity leads him to an unexpected discovery: he finds Jesus. Desperate to save the money machine they've built, The Priest and The Receptionist devise an audacious plan utilizing Hitman Anders' newfound and decidedly fervent faith. Mischievous yet big-hearted, filled with Jonas Jonasson's trenchant humor and delightful twists, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is a delightful comic adventure that reminds us it's never to late to start over--and to discover what truly matters.
Publisher: New York : Ecco/HarperCollins, 2016
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780062458179


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VaughanPLDavidB Jun 04, 2018

There's only one word needed to describe this novel: absurd.

Oct 24, 2016

Typically Jonas Jonasson - I enjoy his tongue in cheek sense of humour. This was a far out adventure and I loved every turn it took.

Sep 03, 2016

Personally, I did not enjoy this book. In fact, I put it down about halfway through due to the lack of development in plot. Honestly, my expectations for this novel was also rather high as Jonasson wrote many other popular books. However, I found this one dry and bland.

Jul 10, 2016

This is a book you will either love or be so-so about. It continues the odd, quirky, 'and then this happened' style of his first book "The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the Window and Disappeared". I struggled through that one, feeling it was getting just too long and too ridiculous. I thought to try again, and found this book to be very much the same. However, I approached it with the attitude that this is a 'Fargo' in print. That did the trick. I cannot imagine Sweden having even one of these characters as a resident citizen but what do I know. Swedish entrepreneurs in a very unique business may be the norm there. Oddball black humour abounds in this novel, and although probably a bit too long, the story ends on just the right note of the meaning of it all. I wish I could rate it between three and four stars as it was pretty good in the imagination department but still a bit too off the wall for me.

Jun 06, 2016

Read half but couldn't finish. Was hoping it was going to get better but was very dissappointed. Not nearly as good as the 100 Year Old Man ............


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