Sweet Sweet Revenge Ltd

Jonas Jonasson, 1961-

Book - 2022

"Victor Alderheim has a lot to answer for. Not only has he heartlessly tricked his young ex-wife, Jenny, out of her art gallery inheritance, but he has also abandoned his son, Kevin, to die in the middle of the Kenyan savanna. It doesn't occur to Victor that Kevin might be rescued and adopted by a Maasai medicine man, or that he might be expected to undergo the rituals expected of all new Maasai warriors - which have him running back to Stockholm as fast as you can say circumcision without anaesthetic. Back in Stockholm, Kevin's path crosses with Jenny's - and they have an awful lot to talk about, not least a shared desire to get even with Victor. So it's convenient when they run into a man selling revenge services,... who has an ingenious idea involving Victor's cellar, a goat, some forged paintings, four large boxes of sex toys, and a kilo of flour..."--Publisher.

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Humorous fiction
Action and adventure fiction
New York, NY : HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2022.
Main Author
Jonas Jonasson, 1961- (author)
Other Authors
Rachel Willson-Broyles (translator)
First US edition
Item Description
Originally published as Hämnden är ljuv AB in Sweden in 2021 in Piratförlaget.
Physical Description
vii, 372 pages ; 24 cm
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

A revenge scheme goes hilariously awry in this zany if glib farce from Jonasson (The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man). Swedish white nationalist Victor connives to inherit a wealthy art dealer's fortune by marrying his much younger daughter, Jenny Alderheim. First, Victor flies his Black 18-year-old son, Kevin (born to one of his regular sex workers) to Kenya and abandons him there. Ole Mbatian, a prominent Maasai medicine man, adopts Kevin and tutors him in traditional skills. Kevin shows aptitude, but he returns to Sweden to avoid circumcision; there, he falls in love with Jenny, newly divorced from Victor. Kevin and Hugo Hamlin, a former adman who runs a business offering revenge for petty grievances, hatch a scheme to implicate Victor in art forgery, drug use, and sexual deviancy. Then Ole comes looking for Kevin, and as the three try to bring Victor to justice, their mission is complicated by cultural miscommunications, incompetent police detectives, and Kevin and Jenny's guilelessness. The jokes can feel a bit lazy, particularly when they come at the expense of Ole's unfamiliarity with contemporary European culture, though Jonasson manages to keep the reader invested in the revenge campaign. There's not much nuance, but it's still a page-turner. Agent: Erik Larsson, Albatros. (May)

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Review by Library Journal Review

Covering five continents as he examines colonialism, art history, and greed, Jonasson brings together Maasai warrior Ole Mbatian Jr., his sort-of son Kevin, and trod-upon Agneta, who joins forces with Kevin against an underhanded gallery owner. They're helped by a Stockholm company specializing in revenge services. Not a big print run, but Jonasson wrote the mega-best-selling The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.

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