In this follow-up to Leona: The Die Is Cast, corrupt detective Leona Lindberg deals with the emotional fallout of her actions while investigating a terrorist attack in the heart of Stockholm. With one foot on each side of the law, she mounts a special operation of grand proportions.
Any Means Necessary is a must-read for fans of thrillers and/or general fiction ... It is not necessary to have read the first book before delving into this one. As with the best of the series, Rogneby gives newcomers all they need to know about what has gone before without stutter-stepping the new narrative ... The novel is a bit of a slow burn that saves the majority of its sinus-clearing thrills for the last quarter of the story. But reader interest will not lag one bit, as Rogneby gives several eye-opening lessons on how to be a successful criminal or, at the very least, reduce one’s risk of failure. It’s all extremely entertaining, with the criminal lessons actually presenting some advice transferable to the legitimate world as well. Any Means Necessary is an enjoyable ride that you won’t want to miss.
Jenny Rogneby is in top form with her latest international thriller ... Any Means Necessary is a compelling modern day thriller with a brilliant twist. Rogneby utilizes her vast knowledge as a criminologist in the Swedish Police Force to keep the reader guessing, right down to the very last explosive page.
As a character, Leona asks a lot of the reader. She is savvy, decisive, and resourceful, in many ways admirable, but she is also relentlessly selfish, willing to inflict pain and misery to get what she wants. Her goal, which is a sort of socially dissociated island paradise, seems petty and ignoble. She differs from typical noir antiheroes—she's not a disappointed idealist but rather an amoral pragmatist. But never mind. This installment is more completely plotted and more involving than the first, and if Leona seems a little inhuman, well that's Leona being Leona.