Bad Blood

Bad Blood

by Arne Dahl

In Arne Dahls riveting follow-up to Misterioso, the Intercrime team is assigned the task of tracking down an American serial killer on the loose in Swedenquietly, and as quickly as possible.When a Swedish literary critic is found tortured to death in a janitors closet at Newark International Airport, the police realize that the murderer made off with the victims ticket and boarded a flight to Stockholm.

As additional victims are discovered on the outskirts of Stockholm and the terror grows, the team finds itself coming up empty-handed.

Hjelm and Holm fly to New York, hoping to discover both the killers identity and the source of his interest in Sweden.

  • Series: A-gruppen\Intercrime
  • Language: English
  • Category: Mystery
  • Rating: 3.71
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: August 13th 2013 by Pantheon
  • Isbn10: 0375425365
  • Isbn13: 9780375425363

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Before that happens though, the FBI calls Unit A leader, Detective Superintendent Jan-Olov Hultin, to report that a Swedish literary critic named Lars-Erik Hassel has been murdered at Newark International Airport.....and the killer is on a plane headed for Stockholm. Detectives from Unit A are deployed to Stockholm Airport to try to apprehend the copycat when he deplanes. As the intercrime unit waits for the killer to make his next move they investigate Lars-Erik Hassel, to see who might have wanted the literary critic dead. Thus two members of Unit A, Detective Paul Hjelm and Detective Kerstin Holm, fly to the U.S. to consult FBI Special Agent Ray Larner - who spent years pursuing the Kentucky Killer. Paul Hjelm and Kirstin Holm deal with the aftermath of their illicit affair; Gunnar Nyberg - a former Mr. Sweden - is torn with guilt about his previous bad behavior; computer whiz Jorge Chavez adds a light, exotic touch to the team; and so on.

This better second book, after Misterioso, was written in the pre-dawn of the current century and it has to be read with that awareness. It is a police procedural, serial killer novel of the kind I have been reading since finding David L. (It has been redeemed, in my view, by the Millennium novels of Stieg Larsson.) Crime books of the best kind in the latter half of the last century (and still) have kept to the practice of exhuming details, motives, killers and their unusual mentalities.

In the majority of crime novels, the villain either dies or gets arrested and soon after that, the novel ends leaving the reader with a large number of questions concerning the real motives or the way with which a deranged killer rationalizes his actions.

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. However, I shall certainly read more books by Arne Dahl and would recommend them to those who enjoy gritty, Scandinavian crime writing.

Bad Blood is book two in the Intercrime series by Arne Dahl. The readers of Bad Blood will continue to follow Detective Paul Hjelm and Detective Kerstin Holm to see if they catch the killer.

Book Info: Genre: Suspense/Thriller/Noir Crime Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: those who like darker crime thrillers, those who like Scandinavian crime novels Book Available: August 13, 2013 in Hardcover and Kindle formats Trigger Warnings: torture, murder, infidelity (flashback to first book), child abuse My Thoughts: This is an absolutely brilliant book, like the first one. This book mentions that the majority of serial killersthe vast majoritylive in and operate in the USA. Speaking of serial killers, one thing about them is you can never tell who they are. An everyman, like so many serial killers. There is a description of a literary critic in this book that really made me sit up and take notice. He was allowed to write about whatever books he wanted, and he always chose things he didn't understand, just so he could cut those authors off at the knees. Is that why so many people who write reviews seem to revel in cruel and ranting reviews designed only to taunt and demean the author rather than explain why they didn't like the book in a way that actually refers to... I think fans of noir, darker crime thrillers, and fans of other Scandinavian writers will find this to be a book they won't want to miss. Series Information: Intercrime/Unit-A series Book 1: Misterioso, read and reviewed May, 2011, review linked here where formatting allowed. Synopsis: In Arne Dahls riveting follow-up to Misterioso, the Intercrime team is assigned the task of tracking down an American serial killer on the loose in Swedenquietly, and as quickly as possible. Hjelm and Holm fly to New York, hoping to discover both the killers identity and the source of his interest in Sweden.