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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099575698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099575696
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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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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Great plot and a fast moving story
Strong credible characters
I many ways it is a bleak story with an Unexpected conclusion
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The Swedish team of special detectives live on in a new hunt for a nasty serial killer from the USA. Its follows on directly from "The Blinded Man" with all the characters working furiously to tack down a very clever killer who has some powerful friends. There are several twists in the chase with a powerful final surprise.
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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. It's nice to get a more in depth look at the characters when you read the books. This one and the first in the series kept me wanting to stay up late to finish them. Great stories and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 July 2013
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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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"Bad Blood" is the second in the Intercrime series by Scandinavian crime writer,Arne Dahl. In this novel, we meet again the team of police officers featured previously, getting to know a little more of their characters and what "makes them tick". They are an interesting, flawed and varied set of personalities, who gel into an effective crime- solving force.

Their task this time is to find the American serial killer, nicknamed the Kentucky Killer. This is a particularly unpleasant murderer, who uses pincers which enable his victims to whisper their secrets, but not scream under torture. Several problems arise in the course of apprehending the killer, not least being the fact that evidence suggests he died in a car crash fifteen years previously. However, the recently committed killing of a Swedish literary critic would indicate that the Kentucky Killer is alive and well, having moved from America to Sweden to carry out more dastardly crimes.

The task of finding the murderer before he continues his killing spree is a complex one. The plot twists and turns in many interesting directions, which made me want to keep reading to find the answers. Although I found the last half of the book to be enthralling and almost impossible to put down, I was disappointed with the opening section - apart from the first chapter - which seemed to drag and not hold my interest. I also found that the text did not always flow smoothly, possibly due to the translation. However, I shall certainly read more books by Arne Dahl and would recommend them to those who enjoy gritty, Scandinavian crime writing.
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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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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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