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