The first novel in the gripping Intercrime trilogy. Following a complicated but successful dismantling of a hostage situation, Detective Paul Hjelm is facing the prospect of a potentially career-ending investigation by Internal Affairs. Instead, he finds himself dropped into a new elite team of officers selected from across the country, whose mission is to find an elusive killer who has been targeting Sweden's business leaders. The killer's modus operandi: two distinctive shots straight through the head, bullets carefully pulled from the wall-a nighttime ritual enacted with Thelonius Monk's jazz classicMisteriosoplaying in the background. As Hjelm, his young partner Jorge Chavez, and the rest of the team follow one lead after another in a frantic search for the killer-navigating the murky world of the Russian Mafia and the secret societies of Sweden's wealthiest citizens-they must also face one of Sweden's most persistent ills: a deep-rooted xenophobia that affects both police and perpetrator. Written with great energy, penetrating candor, and dark wit, and populated with characters whose motivations are as nuanced as they are unexpected,Misteriosois an utterly absorbing novel-an arresting introduction to this acclaimed author.
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. Typical is Paul Hjelm, who was about to lose his job for the unorthodox handling of a hostage situation. The author artfully fills in the disparate backgrounds of the other four men and one woman, each of whom emerges as a substantial, nuanced character. Plot, though, is not Dahl's strong suit. A less than compelling story line, full of Stockholm street names, leaves the reader floundering in clueless murders for too long, burdened with extended lists of possibilities that don't pan out and a lot of talk about corporations and their board members, some of whom are thought to be possible targets of the media-dubbed "Power Murderer." Eventually, clues come pouring in and the pace picks up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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July 11, 2011
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