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Bad Blood: The second Intercrime thriller (The Intercrime series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Arne Dahl
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Detective Paul Hjelm and his team receive an urgent call from the FBI. A murderer whose methods bear a frightening resemblance to a serial killer they believed long dead is on his way to Sweden.

For years the FBI hunted the so-called ‘Kentucky Killer’, their agents haunted by the terrible injuries he inflicted on his victims through his signature device: a weapon that squeezed the vocal cords shut. Has he somehow returned from beyond the grave to torture a new generation, or do they have a copy-cat on their hands? And what do they want in Sweden?

If they are to capture the killer, the team must collaborate with their colleagues in the FBI on a desperate hunt that will take them from rainswept city streets to deserted Kentucky farmhouses, and will push them to the limits of their endurance.

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    "Crime fiction of genuine authority with a sinewy, uncompromising structure" (Good Book Guide)

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    Set to be the new Scandinavian crime sensation from BBC Four: in Bad Blood, Detective Paul Hjelm and his team are called in to try and catch an American serial killer on the loose in Sweden

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1553 KB
    • Print Length: 353 pages
    • Publisher: Vintage Digital (13 Jun. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CQ1D50I
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Blood Always Comes Back Around 7 July 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden has had a dearth of criminal activity in 'The National Criminal Police's Special Unit For Violent Crimes of An International Character', or A-Unit as known by it's occupants. Their task was to keep up with new forms of criminality before they reached Sweden. Sounds a little pretentious, but this group had solved a huge crime which kept this unit going. As chance would have it, an elite serial killer was on his way to Sweden, and he would touch down shortly at Stockholm's airport. The FBI notified A-Unit, and all the necessary info was faxed to the unit. The airport was surrounded, looking for someone, no name, no description arrived until 4 minutes after the suspect slipped through immigration. Now, the story begins.

    It took me awhile to fully integrate all of the characters in the A-Unit, the FBI, the serial killer and his victims. Once, I understood the team method of the A-unit, I was on my way. As the bodies mount, the team gets to work, slowly, with not much evidence. This serial killer leaves nothing behind but the victim and the atrocities he committed. As the clues advance, the A-Unit, led by DS Hultin and his team, Hjelm, Chavez, Holm, Nyberg move on. A trip to New York City to look at the evidence compiled by the FBI leads to discoveries, and the team back home finds more evidence. The pace picks up considerably, and some of the action is a little out there.

    I have not read the first book in this series, and many of the crimes solved in the first novel are referenced, however, this can be a stand alone novel . The relationships of the A-Unit are cohesive with some splits that are coming together. This novel is a good stepping ground for future books. After all, 'what goes around, comes around'!

    Recommended. prisrob 07-07-13
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    By Lili
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    Just as good as the first in the series and I am instantly wanting to read the next. The author creates interesting diverse characters, especially Inspector Paul Hjelm, along with the intricate plot we have a very enjoyable read.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Nordic noir but not as you know it 4 Aug. 2014
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    Quirky telling of a police procedural which does not rely on a maverick, alcohol infused copper with a broken marriage but a collection of reasonably happy odd ball coppers only one having a rocky marriage. You may not like the way it is told but it is different and occasionally funny. As I said with the first one absolutely nothing like the TVseries.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for... 15 Jun. 2013
    Paul Hjelm and the team have had very little to do since they wound up their last case in The Blinded Man. 'Violent crimes with an international character' seem to be in short supply. And Paul is bored...

    'What they needed was a robust serial killer, of a robust, international character, thought Paul Hjelm as he slid back into his orgy of self-pity.'

    Be careful what you wish for! Even as Paul thinks this, a serial killer is on his way to Sweden - a killer who tortures his victims in the cruellest ways - a killer so professional he has eluded the FBI for decades. But why is he coming to Sweden? And is this killer more than just your 'ordinary' psychopath?

    In this second instalment of the Intercrime series, Dahl lets us see how the team members have developed since their experiences the year before. Although Paul is still the main character, we find out more about the lives of the others, particularly Nyberg and Norlander, and this adds an extra layer of interest to the book. Paul himself, happily, is suffering much less from the existential angst that afflicted him so much in the last book. Back with his wife, he still has feelings for the enigmatic Kerstin Holm though their relationship has changed. Kerstin is a much more rounded character here - in the last book she really seemed only to be there to allow Paul to fantasise about her, but in this one she becomes a real person.

    At first this looked as if it was going to be a fairly straightforward manhunt for a serial killer book, but when Paul and Kersten go to America to liaise with the FBI, it becomes obvious there are some strange and unexpected things about this killer.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 26 Aug. 2014
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    I watched the TV series and read the first book. This book had not been translated into English at that point. I like all the characters and it's A team feel. A good read.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Blood 21 July 2013
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    I actually haven't finished reading it at the moment, but that can't stop me writing about it. Just like the first of the series it is totally compelling.The plot is complex, and requires concentration. The characters in the investigative team are given space to develop which isn't always the case with other writers in this genre.Grim though the case is I particularly enjoy the wry humour which permeates many parts of a very dark storyline.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Strong second instalment in the Intercrime series 16 Sept. 2015
    This is the second book in the Arne Dahl Intercrime series, which goes from strength to strength. The camaraderie between the team of investigators is now quite established so I would recommend that the novels are read in the order of sequence; the back story enhances the understanding of the relationships. The political dimensions are quite prescient given that the original language version was published in 1998. Strong characterisation however is the selling point of these books, as is the quirky nature of the characters' daydreams which are presented at different points. An excellent book and (again) I will be moving on to the next in the series as soon as possible.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the read.
    Currently working through the Arne Dahl series and enjoying the reading, despite the gruesome and political thinking behind the main protagonist of this tale.
    Published 1 month ago by Roger H Mills
    4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly recommend Arne Dahl
    I am becoming addicted to Hjelm and his team. Now starting on my 3rd Intercrime. Certainly recommend Arne Dahl.
    Published 2 months ago by R. Clarke
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
    Great plot and a fast moving story
    Strong credible characters
    I many ways it is a bleak story with an Unexpected conclusion
    Published 4 months ago by Eoin Byrne
    5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying
    Terrifying and exhilarating in equal. Measure. Stunning writing. Love this team. More more more in English please
    Published 5 months ago by TFG
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Best of the three Intercrime books. Pace, characterisation and plot brill. Enjoy!
    Published 8 months ago by Mrs L Abbass
    5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed the
    An intense thriller, exceptional plot, thoroughly enjoyed the book
    Published 9 months ago by Annette Woods
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    Published 10 months ago by sally
    5.0 out of 5 stars My wife does not like it but I do
    My wife does not like it but I do.The hardest thing is trying to pronounce the Swedish names good read
    Published 11 months ago by Mr. Ed Brann
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