It emerges that when he was 17 he was convicted of murder in America and sent to death row where he died of a heart attack – or so it seemed.
The US wants him back but Sweden doesn’t have the death penalty and is reluctant to send him to a certain end. This is where Cell 8 switches from being a crime thriller into a passionate lecture against the death penalty.
The story moves along at a brisk pace. The reader finds out how John escaped death row and there’s a surprising twist. But if you believe in an eye for eye, you should stay away from Cell 8.