Misterioso by Arne Dahl
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After successfully—but bloodily—dismantling a complicated hostage situation at a bank in the suburbs of Stockholm, Detective Paul Hjelm is faced with the requisite investigation by Internal Affairs. It is a potentially career-ending inquiry, but he is plucked out of it by the National Criminal Police commissioner, who drops him into an elite task force of officers assembled from across the country to find an elusive killer with a sophisticated modus operandi and even more sophisticated tastes.
 
Targeting Sweden’s high-profile business leaders, the killer breaks into their homes at night, waits for his victims, places two bullets in their heads with deadly precision, and removes the bullets from the walls—a ritual enacted to a rare bootleg recording of Thelonious Monk’s jazz classic “Misterioso.”
 
As Hjelm, his young, doggedly energetic partner, Jorge Chavez, and the rest of the team follow one lead after another in their pursuit—navigating the murky underworlds of the Russian Mafia and the secretive members-only society of Sweden’s wealthiest denizens—they must also delve into one of the country’s most persistent ills: a deep-rooted xenophobia that affects both the police and the perpetrator in a small nation that is becoming rapidly internationalized.
 
The first novel in Arne Dahl’s gripping Intercrime series—widely considered to be one of Sweden’s best—Misterioso is a penetrating, dark, and absorbing introduction to this acclaimed author’s world.


BONUS MATERIAL: This edition includes an excerpt from Arne Dahl's Bad Blood.
 

About Arne Dahl

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Arne Dahl is an award-winning crime novelist and literary critic. He lives in Sweden.(Translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles.)




Author Residence: Stockholm, Sweden
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Vintage. 353 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hjelm thinks he’s developed a promising lead by investigating the Order of the Mimir, a local group echoing the secrecy of the Freemasons, but his astute cohort brings in equally likely leads that implicate everyone from a young male-prostitution ring to the Russian Mafia.

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Originally published in Sweden in 1999, the first in Dahl's acclaimed Intercrime trilogy focuses on the A-Unit, a freshly formed elite team of six mavericks and misfits from various police units.

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Book Reporter

Originally published in Sweden in 1999, MISTERIOSO by Arne Dahl is the first of what has come to be known as the Intercrime series.

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Christian Science Monitor

"The fraternal order," he muses, "a fine old classic straight out of an Agatha Christie novel, had gone up in smoke – that type of puzzle intrigue belonged irrevocably to the past – and instead they had landed squarely in the present day: postindustrial capitalism, Eastern European mafia, and the...

Jul 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Misterioso: A Crime Novel

Christian Science Monitor

I don't know whether I would have read Arne Dahl's Misterioso – yet another Swedish crime novel, by yet another hitherto-unknown-to-us Swedish crime writer – if I hadn't noticed that it was translated by the great Tiina Nunnally.

Jul 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Misterioso: A Crime Novel

Reviewing the Evidence

As the police try to solve the crimes, officers in the national security forces are frustrating their efforts by tying the crimes to imagined terrorist plots and the threat of Sweden being overtaken by darker-skinned immigrants.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: A group of Swedish detectives, code named the A-Unit, are assigned to identify a serial killer, who is targeting some of the country's most prominent business leaders, in Misterioso, the first mystery in this series by Arne Dahl to be translated into English.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

The killer views the music as “a pantomime, a peculiar dance of death.” The Swedish police put together what they call an A-Team to find this killer.

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Large Print Reviews

But suddenly, Hjelm is offered a job in a newly organized prestigious police unit to find a serial killer who has so far shot two highly-placed Swedish business men in the head and then tweezing the bullets from the wall.

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Mystery Tribune

Targeting Sweden’s high-profile business leaders, the killer breaks into their homes at night, waits for his victims, places two bullets in their heads with deadly precision, and removes the bullets from the walls—a ritual enacted to a rare bootleg recording of Thelonious Monk’s jazz classic “Mis...

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Alibi

(Off to order Rosetta Stone.) Dahl is funny in a darkly Swedish kind of way (flying maxi pads, flying maxi pads).

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