Misterioso

Misterioso

Book - 2012
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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.
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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.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9780307388032
0307388034
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Misterioso.

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mgrenon
Jan 27, 2018

Comparing Dahl to Mankell is sacrilege. I have read dozens of Scandinavian crime novels and liked all of them. "Misterioso" is the first to break that record. Is it just a bad translation? Or poorly written to begin with? I find myself slogging through it, hoping it's going to get better, to no avail. I will never read another of his books; life is too short. 1/2 *

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captbligh
Nov 13, 2017

I can only assume the translation was bad. Stilted, hard to read. Not enjoyable at all.

DesPlainesReaders Oct 06, 2011

Its snappy plot and Swedish setting will probably earn it a comparison to The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, but Misterioso should really be considered as a continuation of Henning Mankell's Wallander series, as they both center on Swedish police detectives who will pursue justice, even at the cost of their personal lives. Sharp action, likable characters, and a contemplative tone keep this mystery crackling all the way through: if you like headbutts and Oceans 11-type plots, you will love this book! WeareSpartacus/notTom

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