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 1-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 organise jobs for a group of gangsters, and will attract customers using the tabloids love of lurid headlines. The perfect plan - if it werent 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 cant believe whats 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 Swedens 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 its never too late start again.
Jonas Jonasson, geb. 1962 im schwedischen Växsjö, arbeitete nach seinem Studium in Göteborg als Journalist unter anderem für die Zeitungen Smålandsposten und Expressen. Später gründete er eine eigene Medien-Consulting-Firma. Doch nach 20 Jahren in der Medienwelt verkaufte er alles und zog in den schweizer Kanton Tessin, wo er sich seither mit Blick auf den Luganersee dem Schreiben widmet.