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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (754 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arne Dahl Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Intercrime Series Release Date:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Iulia | 2/12/2014

    " Good detective mystery. Poor translation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dorian | 2/4/2014

    " Read this over the summer and it hasn't really stayed with me. Like many mysteries, the first half is great and the second disappointing. But a lot of crime series that I quite like (Peter Robinson, Ian Rankin) started out pretty limply, and I have a hunch this one gets better. (I gather there a ton of them in Swedish; here's hoping the Scando-crime boom last long enough for them to be translated). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Corny | 1/26/2014

    " A really clever offbeat Swedish crime novel, the first of a trilogy by Arne Dahl. The rest of the trilogy doesn't appear to have been translated yet. Alternatively weaving suspense with dry humor, the author gives us a complex story of serial killings and Russian mafia warfare. The major characters who will appear again in the next book are members of an elite Swedish Police unit nicknamed the A-Team. We see all their flaws, which makes this story all the more interesting. Although it helps to know some Swedish geography, it is not necessary for enjoyment of the book. However, there are times when the translation fails. This is perhaps because you would have to be Swedish to understand a particular remark;I am unsure. All in all I was most entertained by this band of misfit detectives, whose personal lives are a mess and whose professional skills are top drawer. A really good read for the genre. Beware, it starts slowly! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kb | 1/22/2014

    " I'm calling it read, but I didn't finish it. This book failed to capture my attention -- well, except in a negative way, with an incident between the protagonist and his wife very early in the book. So, the official police business is boring (the political concerns of a post-Cold War, pre-9/11 world just don't seem to resonate any more), and the domestic scenes are repulsive. It might be a great book in spite of my assessment, but there is nothing here to make me want to continue reading. "

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