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Misterioso by Arne Dahl
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Misterioso (1999)

by Arne Dahl

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Series: A-gruppen (1), Paul Hjelm (1), Intercrime (1)

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This is a police proceedural crime novel. The story is about a special team that is assembled to find out who is killing prominent businessmen in Sweden. I enjoyed the beginning & ending of the story, but found the middle just too dry. The crime team spent quite a bit of time examining each of victims' connections to each other through their corporations, subsidiaries & holding companies, along with the boards they sat on, and on their potential connections to the Russian &Estonian mafia.

The numerous characters, corporations & how they they were all connected was a little confusing. I stopped reading for a couple of days because I just found the going too slow at the half way point. Although the story dragged at this point, there was some humour sprinkled throughout which encouraged me to finish the book. Not sure if I'll read any more of this series but I will look for the dvd of the tv series :-)
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  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 2016 |
I abandoned this book at 50% - it just didn't engage me and 1) I didn't appreciate the crude scene between Hjelm and his wife in the first chapter (she pulls a used sanitary napkin out of her panties and shoves it at him); 2) nor did I like the sex scene.... it felt to me like an editor told him he needed some sex and so he chunked a scene into the book. Not only did it add nothing to the book but it left me rolling my eyes; and 3) even at the half way mark I could care less about any of the characters. So I quit reading. ( )
  bpreed | Sep 7, 2015 |
Um Paul Hjelm, Ermittler bei der Stockholmer Polizei, nach einem aufsehenerregenden Fall aus der Schusslinie der internen Ermittlung zu bringen, initiiert sein Chef die Neugründung einer Sondereinheit, zu der Hjelm umgehend abgeordnet wird. Deren Aufgabe ist die Klärung dreier Morde an schwedischen Wirtschaftsgrößen sowie(vermutlich) weitere Tote zu verhindern. Die ersten Spuren führen zu einer Geheimloge, dann in osteuropäische Mafiakreise. Doch diese versuchen auf einzigartige, brutale Weise klar zu machen, dass sie mit diesen Verbrechen nichts zu tun haben.
Dahls Ermittlerteam hebt sich wohltuend ab von den sonst so häufig schwermütigen, depressiven KollegInnen. Es sind normale Menschen, von denen dennoch jede/r auf eine Art besonders ist: der ehemals steroidabhängige Bodybuilder, der jetzt im Chor singt; der frühere Staranwalt den sein Gewissen zur Polizei brachte; Chavez, ein stadtbekannter Jazzmusiker. Charaktere die Interesse wecken, auch über den Fall hinaus.
Der Fall selbst ist verzwickt: Scheinbar sichere Fährten erweisen sich als falsch, führen jedoch so ganz nebenbei zur Aufdeckung von anderen Verbrechen. Ebenso beiläufig werden eine Reihe von gesellschaftlichen Problemen miteinbezogen: der alltägliche Rassismus, Flüchtlingsproblematik, Korruptheit und Verkommenheit der obersten Schicht - fast schon ein bisschen viel was Dahl sich hier vorgenommen hat.
Till Hagen als Vorleser macht seine Sache gut. Ohne sich in den Vordergrund zu drängen, verleiht er den Personen und Geschehnissen den Ton und die Betonung die es braucht, um alles vor sich zu sehen.
Alles in allem ein spannender aber auch unterhaltsamer Krimi, in dem selbst Erotik und Humor nicht fehlen. ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
This is first novel in the Inter-Crime series translated from Swedish to English. A worthy successor to Mankell and the Wallander novels. Someone is murdering prominent Swedish business leaders and causing panic among the public. The solution of the Police is to form a specialised unit from different local Police forces to concentrate on catching the "killer or killers". One of policemen picked is Paul Hjelm ,who is under investigation himself for shooting an unarmed man during a hostage siege. The author develops the plot and characters extremely well and manages to sustain the tension right to the end of the crime novel . ( )
  tbrennan1 | Nov 30, 2014 |
A typically gloomy Scandinavian crime novel introducing a new team of crack detectives to Sweden. A serial killer is on the loose and the team must crack their first case. Initially focusing on the middle-aged and mode-life crisis bearing Paul Hjelm, the novel cleverly opens out to include the equally downbeat other members of the team. I found the focus on racism, both in the police force and in Swedish society in general, a bit of a distraction, since this takes no part in the actual crime being solved. Strong characters, a good balance between mindless routine police work and violent action leaves us with a very good and engrossing thriller. Clearly, setting us up for a series of books featuring the same team, i will be looking for more to read. ( )
  pierthinker | May 10, 2014 |
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..it's not all that original. But it moves along at a brisk pace, the protagonist is sympathetic to say the least (flying maxi pads) and the names of Swedish towns (Kungsholmsgatan) are just fun to read.
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Detective Paul Hjelm is placed into an elite team of officers and sent on a mission to track down a killer who has been systematically targeting business leaders, a case that pits them against the Russian Mafia and Sweden's secret wealthy societies.

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