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Bad Blood: A Crime Novel Hardcover – August 13, 2013
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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
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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Anyway, the Kentucky Killer is a serial murderer who tortures people and kills them - in the same way as a group of Vietnam torture unit did ... but the the killings stop and the suspected murderer dies in a car crash.
Then 15 years later the murders start again, and this time he goes to Sweden
The Swedish police are trying to catch him before he begins his horrendous killing in Sweden. The police are well [portrayed - both as policemen and in the personal lives. There is humor as well. Great story!
Mixes politics, character development, Geography, Sociology. I have learned a lot about the Scandinavian Countries and their issues. If Wallander was ( just passed) a great critic of his society, Dahl, makes it interesting, fun, sad and makes the reader want to learn more about the issues depicted in each of his books
Finished the ones translated; Misterioso, Bad Blood and Europa Blues.
I hope we will have notice of new releases in English.