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

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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 to start again.

Title:Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1443446769
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:312 pages

    Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All Reviews

  • John Martin
    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 ...

  • Sam Quixote
    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...

  • Giss Golabetoon
    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...

  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
    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....

  • Hkon Gunnarsson
    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....

  • Antonomasia
    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...

  • Britt-Marie Kullin
    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...

  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    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...

  • Imogen Kathleen
    Aug 03, 2016

    I rated this book as 2 stars as more of a reflection of my personal enjoyment of the book than as a reflection of the quality of the book. On one hand, I am sure that this book is a good book for som...

About Jonas Jonasson

Jonas Jonasson

After a long career as a journalist, media consultant and television producer, Jonas Jonasson decided to start a new life. He wrote a manuscript, he sold all his possessions in Sweden and moved to a small town by Lake Lugano in Switzerland, only a few meters from the Italian border.The manuscript became a novel. The novel became a phenomenon in Sweden, and now it is about to reach the rest of the