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Bad Blood: The second Intercrime thriller [Hardcover]

Arne Dahl
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13 Jun 2013 Intercrime (Book 2)

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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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker; First Edition edition (13 Jun 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846556767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846556760
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first book! 6 July 2013
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Having thoroughly enjoyed the first Intercrime novel, The Blinded Man, I was keen to read the second in the series. My anticipation was rewarded with a novel that is even better than its predecessor. What makes Arne Dahl somewhat different from the many excellent Scandinavian crime writers now available, is the importance he places on the team approach to crime solving. The lives and relationships of the Intercrime team are every bit as interesting, and integral to the novel, as the crime plot itself.

Here we get to know all members of the squad more fully, and each makes a unique and fascinating contribution to the outcome of the case. The story begins with a serial killer boarding a plane in the USA and bound for Sweden. Peter Helm and Kirstin Holm find themselves travelling to New York and liaising with the FBI as the case unfolds. There is violence here but it is never gratuitous and the background and motivation of the killer are revealed with skill in this novel.

The manner in which the multiple threads of the team's efforts come together in a thrilling, and clever, denouement makes this a rewarding read. You will be hooked early by this plot-line! The translation is good, and even the wry humour, which is another Arne Dahl trademark, comes across well. Don't miss this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable interesting read with very diverse characters and an...
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... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Lili
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After eighteen months of near inactivity and under threat of disbanding some members of A Unit are almost praying a murder. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Allan DB
5.0 out of 5 stars more than what you think
I admire Dahls writing style and the way he manages to be both sexy and funny . I loved The blinded man but hadn't seen the tv show . Read more
Published 5 months ago by cartoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch, clever and original
Great plot, a great team of characters, always so many possibilities, and several great twists. Cant wait for the next one!
Published 5 months ago by A. Pinckard
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Loved this book. Not seen it on television yet so don't want to spoint it for anyone else. Glued from the first page. Hope all the books get translated asap.
Published 6 months ago by SHEILA HASKETT
4.0 out of 5 stars A bloody good thriller
A review copy was provided by Gill Hess in return for an honest review

I should start by saying that I haven't read the first book nor have I seen the TV series. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Go Book Yourself
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Blood
I normally read the books first then watch the film/TV programmes, but with Arne Dahl the TV shows have come long before the books here in the UK. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Blue and white
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller
Have read all the trilogy.books excellent and worth persevering with. Nordic noir continues to go from strength to strength , many twists and turns.
Published 7 months ago by simon booth
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Blood - a novel
Book Review: Bad Blood, by Arne Dahl

The second Intercrime novel. Once again, I read this after watching the tv series, which was dark enough, but the book is even... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr Lee Rudd
4.0 out of 5 stars A little bit disappointed
I watched the series on tv so can relate to people in the book except the boss is'nt a woman as in the tv but a bloke
some parts of the book were a little protracted and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Donald Cook
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