Top critical review
1 July 2016
After thoroughly enjoying The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden and The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, I was eagerly looking forward to Jonasson's next book. Sadly I was in for a bitter disappointment. Hitman Anders is, in my humble opinion, a turgid, unamusing and hastily conceived story which gave me the impression of having been rushed into print in order to cash in on the well-deserved popularity of its predecessors. I get the distinct feeling that the author, probably at the urging of his publisher, sat down with a target of x-thousand words per day and proceeded to churn them out despite suffering from a decided lack of inspiration when it came to plot or characters. The two main protagonists are poorly presented and I found myself completely unable to identify with them. They were continually referred to as 'the receptionist' (the male) and 'the priest' (the female), almost as if their names were irrelevant. But I could not get the gender reversal implied by these titles out of my mind and had to keep correcting myself as I read - very distracting. It's a bad sign for me if I have to almost force myself to resume reading a book rather than wanting to go cover-to-cover overnight, and this one fell squarely into the first category. The narrative, after dragging on interminably and repetitively, suddenly raced to a pathetically improbable happy ending which left me totally unconvinced and disillusioned.