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Workmanlike First Book in Swedish Crime Series,
This review is from: The Blinded Man: The first Intercrime thriller (The Intercrime series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
There's always been a steady stream of quality Swedish crime fiction in English translation, dating back to the Martin Beck series of the mid-1960s to mid-1970s through the Wallander series of the 1990s and newer writers like Helen Tursten's D.I. Huss series. However, the blockbuster success of the Steig Larsson trilogy turned that steady stream into a gushing torrent of books seeking to be the next Swedish hit. Unfortunately, this book (the first of a trilogy) is just not that good.
It opens with a cliche hostage situation in which the protagonist cop uses his gun in a manner that violates procedure, leading to his suspension. Quicker than you can yell "maverick cop!", he's recruited to head a special unit investigating the murders of some Swedish businessmen. Compounding the cliches, he's moody, has a rocky family life, and the team is a rogue's gallery of cop types. Oh, and of course there's a jazz connection -- every cop novel now has to have a jazz connection.
The investigation is kind of plodding and poorly paced, and since the book was written in the late 1990s, the Russian mob naturally features as a plot element. And of course, as the cops peer under the hood of the Swedish elite, they find nastiness, corruption, etc... In other words -- more cliches. To be fair, the book isn't terrible -- the supporting cast of cops in the special unit have bit more color to them (actually, it's probably not a good thing when you want to spend more time with the sidekicks than the hero...), but it's pretty workmanlike. I can't really imagine recommending it to anyone when there are so many better series out there to try.