2 is a novel by the German author Erik Larson, which was published in May 2012. One of the most acclaimed crime novels of recent times, it reached #1 in the New York Times Best Seller List. The book has been translated into 28 languages. It was later adapted into a movie in 2017, which also became a major commercial success. It was listed in the German literary ranking as the fourth most read German novel of the year and the best-selling book of 2012. It also won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for best mystery/thriller novel of the year.
The novel, which is presented in the first person, is told from the point of view of three different police detectives. It takes place on the night of September 30, 2007 in the Soho district of London. The Russian oligarch and owner of the Bulgari jewelry store Viktor Zhdanov is murdered in the center of the district by three different killers. Only one of them manages to make it out of the murder scene. While the robbery at the Bulgari store is seen by a few witnesses, the murder has not yet been reported in the media. After escaping from the store, the three burglars retreat to the nearby Oktober Club, where they meet a young woman who is unable to return home. The three robbers stay together for the night in the club and decide to continue to the next morning to move the stolen goods out of the building.
In the morning, three witnesses to the murder of the Russian owner of the Bulgari jewelry store find a stolen bag of Bulgari diamonds. They report the murder to the police and mention the three burglars, who, as they later learn, were seen in the district a few days ago. A patrol car takes the officers to the Oktober Club, where they discover blood and fingerprints inside. A bloodhound finds a bloody hair and flees to the nearby park.
The three colleagues of the murdered merchant, Detectives Oleg Nikolayev, Warren Hammond and Jack Delaney, arrive at the crime scene and start to look for the murderers. First of all, they look at the passengers of two cabs that were found nearby. From the first cab, they discover a severed human head, and the second cab driver was apparently shot while trying to escape. The street where the cab was found is also bloodstained. During the investigation, they learn about the murder from the night club owner and about the owner's daughter, Isabella.
After the night of the murder, Isabella calls her mother after seeing the newspaper article about the murder in the club. They also meet to discuss the girls going to college in the fall. Because of this, Isabella mentions that she was in an empty shop near the Bulgari store the night of the murder, where she saw three strange men, but she could not identify them. Meanwhile, Oleg Nikolay 0b46394aab