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  • 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)
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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))

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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 businessmen

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haven't seen the tv show and almost let Dahl go unread as I thought it may have been a little old [ first written in 1999 ; so that's why the jazz is on cassette]. But I am so glad that I read this over new year . Dahl is a really great writer , he can be funny , sexy , fast paced . Loved all the minor details and how the characters came alive and how it maybe 1999 but the anti fat cat banker story is so relevant for today . Don't be bored of Nordic noir and how some stories once read just fade from the mind , this is a great story .
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Utterly un-put-downable! A breathtaking mini-travelogue through Sweden's ficticious criminal fraternity in the company of Paul Hjelm and his colleagues. Despite having been written during the gestation period of the internet, the novel's scope is broad yet focused, the pace is relentless yet detailed... some of the writing (the translated edition) is quite quite beautiful and deeply moving - philosophical, intellectual yet totally accessible. And whoever could have imagined that a game of darts would have such far-reaching and devastating consequences!
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This is the creation of the special Swedish crime team who appeared on TV in an AH adaptation recently. The diverse collection of characters are well sketched in and the overall plot about the search for a serial killer is first class. The team is led by a man in print and a women on TV but otherwise the characters are the same, a Finnish ex-lawyer, a smart lady, a huge steroid damaged hulk, a black head immigrant and two other men. The general descriptions of the background of current Swedish life and thought is well done and I just had to buy the next novel in the series.
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A decent read by a decent author.
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This almost escaped my Scandinavian crime radar but I'm jolly glad it didn't as I thoroughly enjoyed this taut and well-written thriller. This is the first of Dahl's Intercrime series to hit British shelves (previously published as `Misterioso' in reference to the killer's particular use of background music) with the follow-up `Bad Blood' due for release next year. Billed as Henning Mankell meets `The Wire', an elite group of detectives strive to uncover the identity of a killer unceremoniously bumping off some of Sweden's most influential business figures. Although ostensibly a perfectly sound police procedural, the gathering of this small band of detectives who comprise the wonderfully bland sounding A-Unit, really brings the plot together as they provide a picture perfect microcosm of race, gender, differing social backgrounds and in some cases dysfunctional personalities. This gives Dahl a free hand to play around with how these characters interact and work together as they track the killer and how their differing personalities result in moments of extreme wit (particularly in the mocking of other Scandinavian cultures) or dark pathos as some members of the team seem to have their fingers permanently on a self-destruct button. The plot is convoluted but well-structured to provide enough blind alleys to satisfy most crime readers and as normal (within the Scandinavian crime genre) there is ample opportunity for Dahl to bring in the usual socio-political perspective on Swedish society. An enjoyable debut from Dahl and definitely a series to warrant further investigation...
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This first novel of a series is a captivating,enthralling thriller.
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
lively wit.
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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.
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