Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All
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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

A madcap new novel from the #1 internationally bestselling author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Hitman Anders, recently out of prison, is doing small jobs for the big gangsters. Then his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who also happens to be an atheist), and a homeless receptionist at a former brothel which is now a one-star hotel. The three join forces and concoct an unusual business plan based on Hitman Anders’ skills and his fearsome reputation. The vicar and receptionist will organize jobs for a group of gangsters, and will attract customers using the tabloids’ love of lurid headlines.

The perfect plan—if it weren’t for Hitman Anders’ curiosity about the meaning of it all. In conversations with the vicar, he turns to Jesus and, against all odds, Jesus answers him! The vicar can’t believe what’s happening. When Hitman Anders turns to religion, the lucrative business is in danger, and the vicar and the receptionist have to find a new plan, quick.

Fast-paced and sparky, the novel follows these bizarre but loveable characters on their quest to create a New Church, with all of Sweden’s gangsters hunting them. Along the way, it explores the consequences of fanaticism, the sensationalist press, the entrepreneurial spirit and straightforward human stupidity—and underlying all of it, the tenuous hope that it’s never too late to start again.

Title:Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All
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  • May 03, 2016

    Some people would hate this novel. I loved it and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.I honestly haven’t laughed as much at this kind of religious irreverence since I read God Knows, by Joseph Heller ...

  • Mar 23, 2016

    I suppose “minor spoilers ahead” but do yourself a favour and avoid this crummy novel altogether.A dim-witted thug called Hitman Anders is taken advantage of by a receptionist and a priest as they...

  • May 13, 2016

    Убиеца Андерш и неговите приятели ще ви набият, утешат и вдъхновят: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/u... Юнас Юнасон се завр...

  • Feb 05, 2017

    the orginal title of the book is Hitman Anders and His Friends, but I must say i like the translation title better, and i like the translation as much as i like Johansson's way of narrating everything...

  • Feb 28, 2017

    DNF at 65% I really enjoyed Jonasson's other books, but the narrative style and plot structure felt tired in this iteration. Like paper that has been recycled too many times it has lost its integrity....

  • Nov 06, 2015

    Since I read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared I have been a fan of Jonas Jonasson. He is in my view is one of the best humor writers in Scandinavia at the moment....

  • Mar 02, 2016

    The opening chapters are promising, as translator Rachel Willson-Broyles tries to channel Douglas Adams’ dry humour. And the paragraphs introducing hapless naif Per Persson are are as typically, amu...

  • Sep 28, 2015

    Betyg: 3 av 5. För fem år sedan så läste jag ”Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann” och den fick en fyra i betyg från mig.För två år sedan så läste jag ”Analfabeten...

  • Apr 01, 2017

    aj, sākums bija tik cerīgs, likās, ka atkal tikšu ierauta dzirkstošu joku un absurda pasaulē, taču šoreiz bija pārlieku daudz absurda un pārāk maz labu joku. bija interesanti, taču ik pa l...

  • May 18, 2016

    Finished reading: June 25th 2016 "If only children could be free of all that crap previous generations had gathered up for them, he said, perhaps it would bring some clarity to their lives."(view s...