Don’t miss this latest installment in Arne Dahl’s acclaimed thriller series, winner of the German Crime Writing Prize.
Stockholm’s Intercrime team—a specialized group created to investigate violent, international crime—has been split up, their leader forced into early retirement, and his officers reassigned to mundane cases. Detectives Arto Söderstedt and Viggo Norlander answer calls around the city, Gunnar Nyberg is on the child abuse team, Jorge Chavez is immersed in dull research tasks, Paul Hjelm and Kerstin Holm are assigned to the meaningless murder of a young soccer supporter in a pub.
But a series of precisely targeted bomb attacks—in a high-security prison, a car involved in a drug deal, and a dark suburban street—brings the Intercrime team back together, urgently. There is something dangerous approaching Sweden, and they are the only people who can do anything to stop it.
When police find a Swedish literary critic tortured to death in a janitor’s closet at Newark International Airport, they realize that the murderer has made off with the victim’s ticket and boarded a flight to Stockholm, where he apparently slipped through customs.
With no clear motive in sight, Detectives Paul Hjelm and Kerstin Holm of Intercrime’ s A-Unit take over the investigation. They learn that the method of torture used was not only a highly specialized means of extracting information—secretly developed during the Vietnam War—but also that it was the modus operandi of an allegedly deceased homicidal maniac known only as “the Kentucky Killer”. As additional victims turn up on Stockholm’s outskirts, the team finds itself coming up empty-handed. Hjelm and Holm fly to New York, hoping to discover both the killer’s identity and the source of his interest in Sweden. What they quickly learn is that bad blood always comes back around.
The first novel in Arne Dahl’s gripping Intercrime series—considered one of Sweden’s best—Misterioso is a piercingly dark and absorbing detective thriller.
After dismantling a bloody hostage situation at a bank outside Stockholm, Detective Paul Hjelm is dropped into an elite task-force assembled to find an elusive murderer with a sophisticated method. The killer breaks into the homes of Sweden’s high-profile business leaders at night, places two bullets in their heads with deadly precision, then removes the bullets from the walls—a ritual enacted to a rare bootleg recording of Thelonious Monk’s jazz classic “Misterioso.” As Hjlem and the rest of the team follow one lead after another, they must navigate the murky underworld of the Russian mafia, penetrate the secret society of Sweden’s wealthiest denizens, and battle one of the country’s most persistent ills: a deep-rooted xenophobia that affects both the police and the perpetrator.