- Series: Intercrime (Book 2)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (May 6, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307388042
- ISBN-13: 978-0307388049
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Stunning. . . . Dahl has established himself as one of the leading voices in Scandinavian crime fiction.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Crackles with pent-up energy on every page.” —BookPage
“A compellingly stylish thriller that is also a thought-provoking social satire. . . . Add Arne Dahl to your list of must-haves in crime fiction.” —Open Letters Monthly
“Brims with deception, twists, and suspense. . . . Dahl’s special police unit is a diverse group of law enforcement agents whose chemistry creates dark humor amid the intense themes.” —Shelf Awareness
“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)
Praise for Arne Dahl and Misterioso, the first Intercrime novel
“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)
“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)
About the Author
Arne Dahl is an award-winning crime novelist and literary critic. He lives in Sweden.
(Translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles.)
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Bad Blood is the second of a three (soon to be four) novel series featuring an elite Swedish detective team trying to track down an exceptionally clever serial killer. I think the reason the 2nd in the series was the first to be published is that the serial murderer, called the Kentucky Killer, is an American who has fled to Sweden. In real life, Sweden has never had a serial killer (since 1840, the US has had more serial killers than the rest of the world combined).
This is an outstanding novel with a very interesting ending. The plot is intricate and just a bit prescient for 1998. The characters have very good depth and there is a strong strain of humor throughout. And the translation is magnificent! I usually don't care for novels in translation as the prose and dialogue usually sounds stilted to my ear, but I don't recall a single false note in this translation. It is extremely smooth. If there is a flaw in the book, it lies not in the stars but in myself. I was not familiar enough with Sweden's geography to visualize some of the locations of the action and that frustrated me a bit.
On the whole, I found Dahl to be a superior crafter of novels and character development than Stieg Larsson. Dahl would have been already published and on his way to fame while Larsson was writing his trilogy. I highly recommend this book to suspense thriller devotee.
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.
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Wish more were translated!