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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 Jonas Jonasson, author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

A GANGSTER, A VICAR AND A RECEPTIONIST WALK INTO A BAR . . .

Killer-for-hire Anders is fresh out of prison and trying to keep his head down when he meets two unlikely new business partners at a 1-star hotel: one, an atheist former Protestant vicar fired from her church, and the other the hotel’s receptionist, the ruined grandson of an ex-millionaire. Together they cook up an idea for an enterprising venture involving Swedish gangsters that is set make them all a fortune—until, all of a sudden and to everyone’s surprise, Anders finds Jesus.

Anders’ sudden interest in religion might be good for his soul, but it’s not good for business, and the vicar and the receptionist have to find a new plan, quick.

As wildly funny and unexpected as Jonasson’s previous bestselling novels, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is a zany, feel-good adventure story, tenderly and hilariously exploring belief, redemption, and the fact that it’s never too late to start again.

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Critical Praise

“Comic genius. . . . This book is the funniest, most irreligious fantasy since The Book of Mormon. . . .  Jonasson just gets better and better. Highly recommended.” —<em>Daily Express</em>

“Enormous fun. . . . The subversive charm of it lies in the hints that God, or the Universe or whatever, is smarter and funnier than any of us.” —<em>The Times</em>

“Jonasson matches the irreverence of his debut The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. . . . It’s a thrilling ride.” —<em>Financial Times</em>

“Irreverent and fun.” —<em>Irish Examiner</em>

A funny and completely implausible farce about a woman, a bomb and a man’s frustrated ambition to overthrow the king of Sweden? The rest of the world will chuckle all the way through it. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

A funny and improbable tale with characters from South Africa to Sweden demonstrates how even the most seemingly insignificant people can change the fate of the world. —Denver Post on The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

[A] witty caper. ***1/2 —People on The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The anti Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. . . Jonasson’s lighthearted novel shows the softer side of Sweden. . . . hilarious. —Marie Claire on The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny. . . . The plot is pleasingly nimble and the book’s endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir. —The Guardian on The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443446778
  • ISBN 10: 1443446777
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 04/25/2017
  • Pages: 312
  • List Price: 17.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Humorous / General
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Action & Adventure

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson, Rachel Willson-Broyles

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