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Targeting Sweden’s high profile business leaders the killer breaks into their homes at night waits for his victims places two bullets in their heads with deadly precision and removes the bullets from the walls a ritual enacted to a rare bootleg recording of Thelonious Monk’s jazz classic “Misterioso” As Hjelm his young doggedly energetic partner Jorge Chavez and the rest of the team follow one lead after another in their pursuit navigating the murky underworlds of the Russia. Too many characters and a plot with too many convolutions Jazz fans may have an interest in reading this because Thelonious Monk s 1958 Five Spot recording of Misterioso with a bootlegged addition plays a part in the book I have the feeling that Arne Dahl is a jazz fan who used his musical interests as a part of the novel though I could be way off base about that It did seem a bit far fetched to me that two police officers would have the same interest but perhaps I just don t know enough police officers and no Scandinavian police officers

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Misterioso

After successfully but bloodily dismantling a complicated hostage situation at a bank in the suburbs of Stockholm Detective Paul Hjelm is faced with the reuisite investigation by Internal Affairs It is a potentially career ending inuiry but he is plucked out of it by the National Criminal Police commissioner who drops him into an elite task force of officers assembled from across the country to find an elusive killer with a sophisticated modus operandi and even sophisticated tastes . Misterioso by Arne Dahl is a uniue and wonderful book It is part mystery part police procedural part existential philosophy and part comedy There is something so distinctive about this book that it resists categorization On the surface it is a mystery but so much of the novel lies below the surface getting into the characters minds and thoughts as they live their lives and work at trying to catch a serial killerThe title of the book comes from a piece of music composed by Thelonius Monk a famous American jazz pianist and composer now deceased There is a serial killer on the loose in Sweden who is killing very rich and powerful men The killer waits for his prey in the victim s living room listening to Monk s Misterioso on the stereo and when the victim arrives he is shot in the head two times The killer views the music as a pantomime a peculiar dance of death The Swedish police put together what they cal

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N Mafia and the secretive members only society of Sweden’s wealthiest denizens they must also delve into one of the country’s most persistent ills a deep rooted xenophobia that affects both the police and the perpetrator in a small nation that is becoming rapidly internationalized The first novel in Arne Dahl’s gripping Intercrime series widely considered to be one of Sweden’s best Misterioso is a penetrating dark and absorbing introduction to this acclaimed author’s worl. NoI m not turning into a Scandinavian groupie but it s sure looking like it I read Bad Blood which was excellent giving it five stars and this one was great as well However as seen by the four stars didn t blow me out of the water like Bad Blood If you haven t put your toe into this genre of writing it might be time


10 thoughts on “Misterioso

  1. says:

    Misterioso by Arne Dahl is a uniue and wonderful book It is part mystery part police procedural part existential philosophy and part comedy There is something so distinctive about this book that it resists categorization On the surface it is a mystery but so much of the novel lies below the surface getting into the characters' minds and th

  2. says:

    Detective Paul Hjelm finds himself in a hostage situation and for the first time in his life shoots someone after

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    Please Note I read and reviewed this book in May 2011 from a copy I received from the Vine program in exchange for an honest review Just adding formatting and that disclosure All opinions are my ownAbout the Book Misterioso is the first in the A Group series from Arne Dahl a published author in his native Sweden You can

  4. says:

    Between a 35 and a 375 rounded upMisterioso is very different from normal Scandinavian crime fare but still good I liked it with a couple of reservations see belowMisterioso is another fine example of Scandinavian crime fiction this time of a police procedural with a few twists and turns along the way There is definitely

  5. says:

    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 uite a bit of time examining each of victims' connections to

  6. says:

    Too many characters and a plot with too many convolutions Jazz fans may have an interest in reading this because Thelonious Monk's 1958 Five Spot recording of Misterioso with a bootlegged addition plays a part in the book I have the feeling th

  7. says:

    Misterioso by Arne Dahl is the first in a Swedish series called The A Team Despite this to me somewhat unfortunate name the book is interestin

  8. says:

    Someone is knocking off Sweden’s most rich and powerful men one by one Who is doing it and what is the connection among these men? Whoever it

  9. says:

    NoI'm not turning into a Scandinavian groupie but it's sure looking like it I read Bad Blood which was excellent giving it five stars and this one was great as well However as seen by the four stars didn't blow me out of the water like Bad Blood If you haven't put your toe into this genre of writing it might be time

  10. says:

    A gripping and occasionally hilarious thriller about a disparate group of dedicated but eccentric police officers and their attempts to catch a bizarre serial killer Nordic Noir with a distinct twist of black humour