- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (5 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009957568X
- ISBN-13: 978-0099575689
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Blinded Man: The first Intercrime thriller Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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"Mystery devotees who loved Mankell's Kurt Wallander, and crime-fiction "lifers" who still treasure Sjowall's and Wahloo's Martin Beck, will want to add Paul Hjelm to their short lists of international favorites" (Booklist)
"Thoughtfully haunting and sometimes beautifully written, the first of Hjelm's cases to be translated into English is likely to resonate with readers of the Stieg Larsson trilogy" (Kirkus (starred))
"Arne Dahl has created a school of his own within the Swedish crime writing tradition. He combines global intrigue with intelligence, suspense, and genuine literary quality" (Lars Kepler, author of 'The Hypnotist')
"Loose canon Paul Helm and his character-filled team entertainingly chase multiple false leads as they hunt for a Thelonious Monk obsessed assassin" (Metro)
"[A] superb police procedural... Dahl has created a brilliant character and a terrific story, and should that not be enough, this is a classic cop-shop tale of the old school" (The Globe and Mail (Canada))
Set to be the new Scandinavian crime sensation from BBC Four: The Blinded Man, the first in Arne Dahl's award winning crime series, introduces us to an elite team of detectives on the hunt for the killer of several high profile businessmenSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
A serial killer is on the loose in Sweden,murdering wealthy business
men,by shooting them with two shots to the head,whilst listening to
'Misterioso',a jazz track by Thelonius Monk.
Detective Paul Hjelm is expecting to be fired from the police,but
instead he is asked to join an elite task force to track down the
killer.The team works at a frantic pace chasing numerous leads ,and
taking them into the murkier areas of Swedish life.
This novel has all the ingredients that make a first-class thriller.
Strong characterisation,social awareness,an innovative plot,and
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's something about scandinavian novels and dramas that just get it right . This is a great novel as is the TV series highly recommendedPublished 4 months ago by jeffers
I had seen this on TV a few years ago, but it was still a excellent read, The process of dectection from the smallest clues that builds was still a treat to read, An superb story.Published 14 months ago by Blue Coat Boy