Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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 start again.



Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, c2016
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443446761
Branch Call Number: FIC JON
Characteristics: 299 p. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Willson-Broyles, Rachel

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1_Great_Book
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.

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Ange_X
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.

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GLNovak
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.

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debbiesargeant
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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