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Debut novel sets new tone in Swedish crime fiction
New Swedish crime novel doesn't follow the paths of Larsson or Mankell
By The Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) ' Readers of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell have long associated Swedish crime fiction with serene landscapes, tired police inspectors and serial killers.

But in his debut novel, "Easy Money," crime writer Jens Lapidus breaks with that tradition.

The 37-year-old criminal lawyer has produced a realistic, fast-paced story about Stockholm's organized crime, seen through the eyes of the bad guys.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Lapidus said his book was inspired by his work in a Stockholm court and his reaction to what he calls the "hackneyed" themes of traditional Scandinavian crime.

"Easy Money," which goes on sale in the U.S. April 3, follows a Latino drug dealer, a Serbian henchman and a young Swede who gets entangled in Stockholm's underworld.

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