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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375425365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375425363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Autumn in Stockholm can be a time of foreboding for many Swedes, and that’s especially true this year, thanks to the unending, torrential rains, which seem almost biblical. Paul Hjelm is obsessively listening to John Coltrane’s wailing-yet-strangely-reverent Meditations, reading Kafka’s Amerika, and worrying about his relationship with his teenage children. It gets worse: an American serial killer who has eluded the FBI for two decades has arrived in Sweden. The killer’s MO is believed to involve a monstrous and lethal form of torture that the FBI says was first used in the Vietnam War. Clues to the killer’s identity and whereabouts are nil. Bodies begin to pile up, and Hjelm and his mismatched detective squad seem hopelessly overmatched. As in his wonderful Misterioso (2011), Dahl’s latest is a stunning, muted howl of Scandinavian despair for a once orderly nation unhinged by racial malaise, predatory capitalism, and the sense that Swedish society is becoming Americanized. But, like Coltrane, Dahl plays all over the scale. He’s mordantly funny, particularly in dialogue between squad members. His caustic appraisal of American “community policing” and the justice and penal systems will resonate with many American readers. And his coda on the damage parents may visit on their children is poignant. With two superb novels, Dahl has established himself as one of the leading voices in Scandinavian crime fiction. --Thomas Gaughan

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International Praise for Arne Dahl and Bad Blood
“With dizzying speed Arne Dahl has climbed to the throne of Swedish crime literature. . . . His work is characterized by impartiality, lighthearted humor, epic flow, and poetic precision.” —Dagbladet Information (Denmark)
 
“One of this year’s most intense thrillers.” —GT (Sweden)
 
“A highly professional crime novel, and an insightful and thought-provoking social satire.” —Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)
 
Bad Blood succeeds due to its clear motive and suspense. It expertly weaves together the American involvement in Vietnam with the current unfolding events in Iraq.” —Aftenposten (Norway)
 
Praise for Misterioso
“Terrific. . . . Full of twists and turns, blind alleys and sudden assaults, procedural hassles and stakeouts.” —The Providence Journal
 
“Absorbing . . . A dark, tense thriller.” —Newark Star-Ledger
 
“Dahl has created a brilliant character and a terrific story. This is a classic cop-shop tale of the old school.” —The Globe and Mail (Canada)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2013
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Bad Blood by Arne Dahl, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, is a successor to Dahl's Misterioso. It features the same cast of refreshingly human and idiosyncratic Swedish police officers. They are very good and the villain is very bad and very competent. The plot is as complicated and twisted as one could hope for.

There's a serial killer on the loose in in Sweden. He's an import from the United States. The problem is that the MO is identical to that of the Kentucky Killer who died sixteen years ago. The killer's MO is complex and fiendish, involving special purpose torture equipment. This equipment, developed during the Vietnam War, facilitated awful torments to be visited on someone, paralyzing their vocal cords so that they could not utter a sound except for a whisper while under the control of their tormentor.

Paul Hjelm and his partner Kerstin Holm, with whom he had an affair, are back. Their strength is a strong intuition. The affair is over and Paul is now back with his wife, but the attraction remains. Jorge Chavez is the youngest member of the team. He's of South American descent, AKA "a blackhead" to the Swedish skinheads and is the group's computer wizard. Viggo Norlander is the group's aging ladies man. Gunnar Nyberg, former steroid-abusing Mr Sweden, is the group's strong man. Both Kerstin and Gunnar are accomplished singers. Arto Søderstedt is a former lawyer turned cop. Superintendent Jan-Olov Hultin is their leader. He's a man of dry wit and acute intelligence.Together they form the A-Unit, a special police force tasked with solving serious crimes involving serial killers.

The chase is intriguing. The killer is very hard to pin down. People keep being tortured and killed in horrific ways.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antigone Walsh VINE VOICE on August 30, 2013
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After the bold and brutal murder of a Swedish literary critic at Newark airport, it is believed that a prolific American serial killer has set up shop in Sweden. An elite squad of Swedish detectives has been languishing. An alert from the FBI and a mounting body count, energizes the team. But nothing is quite as it seems and the individual members must grapple with personal problems, plodding procedure, professional jealousy and politics before coming close. The killer's eerie efficiency suggests something more than a routine sociopath at work and the team must unravel skeins of international intrigue. What they uncover will mark them forever and motivate significant personal changes.

The first part of this book is slow and ponderous. I thought the airport scenes were ridiculous until I realized that this book was published in 1998. No single member of the team is the focus which makes it hard to become involved with any of them. They do grow on you. The similar names (Hultin, Hjelm, Holm, Nyberg, Norlander)are a challenge. In the first portion, their bumbling quickly grew tiresome as did the apparent importance of the types of cars they drove and the umbrellas they carried. However, the second half speeds up and is actually entertaining. The translation is uneven, with a peculiar jokiness interrupted by insight.

If you can slog through the beginning, the story improves. The killer is interesting and the team demonstrates their unique gifts. Since I think the second half of the book compensates for the deficiencies of the beginning, I award this 3.5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By iGertrude VINE VOICE on April 25, 2014
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This is a compelling story, very exciting. The story of Sweden `accidentally' importing a serial killer is spot on in this very small world, and a very interesting idea. One thing no one wants is Americans exporting their serial killers, especially not to a country that has managed to protect its neutrality for what, centuries? It is even worse to have a dead serial killer come through immigration. There was occasionally a comic edge to this story that was very entertaining.

The characters in this story are complicated, interesting, and sometimes dark, and paranoid. I had not read the first book, Misterioso: A Crime Novel, and I did not need to. Much of the character back story is provided in their interactions with each other. The first mystery is not necessary to enjoy this novel; although I will definitely put it in my reading list.

The answer to the mystery was pretty obvious from the start but it certainly was a fun ride to work out all of the details to get there. It was like the story kept taking right and then left turns to make it hard to find the original path. There were many sides to the mystery that continued to make this story rich and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. B. MULLIGAN VINE VOICE on November 27, 2013
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An American serial killer on the loose for 20 years escapes to Stockholm,Sweden soon after torturing to death a Swedish literary critic (the body is found in a closet at Newark International Airport). And vanishes.

Detectives Paul Hjelm and Kerstin Holm of Intercrime's A-Unit (aka The National Criminal Police's Special Unit for Violent Crimes of an International Character) learn the killer is a homicidal maniac known as the Kentucky Killer uses a torture method developed during the Vietnam War to prevent the victim from screaming, by severing his larynx.

Now the Killer's has dead in the Stockholm vicinity, the Intercrime team have no leads and terror grips the area. So Paul and Kerstin head to the United Statesto and work with FBI Agent Ray Larner to uncover the identity of the Killer and determine if a Swedish connection is happenstance or part of an agenda.

An excellent twist in the story is sure to delight.

Originally written in 1998.

Intercrime series
(1999) Misterioso prequel to Bad Blood
(2000) To the Top of the Mountain
(2001) Europa blues
(2002) Many Waters
(2003) A Midsummer Night's Dream
Dödsmässa (2004)
Mörkertal (2005)
Efterskalv (2006)
Himmelsöga (2007)
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