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[[ Read Pdf ]] õ Bad Blood ⚡ In Arne Dahl s riveting follow up to Misterioso, the Intercrime team is assigned the task of tracking down an American serial killer on the loose in Sweden quietly, and as quickly as possible When a Swedish literary critic is found tortured to death in a janitor s closet at Newark International Airport, the police realize that the murderer made off with the victim s ticket and boarded a flight to Stockholm Swedish authorities are placed on high alert, but the killer manages to slip through the customs dragnet and vanishes into the night 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 allowing the victim to whisper, but not to scream but also that it was the modus operandi of an allegedly deceased homicidal maniac known only as the Kentucky Killer As additional victims are discovered on the outskirts of Stockholm and the terror grows, 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, searching through the past, is that bad blood always comes back around Take the late and very great Ed McBain s 87th Precinct series, move them to Sweden, particularly Stockholm, bring them into the world of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, change all of the names of the characters to Scandinavian names and you have the Intercrime series of Arne Dahl Well, sort of No one is Ed McBain except maybe Evan Hunter But we have a group of detectives, all with particular talents who are assembled together in the Intercrime Group None are perfect but they do h Take the late and very great Ed McBain s 87th Precinct series, move them to Sweden, particularly Stockholm, bring them into the world of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, change all of the names of the characters to Scandinavian names and you have the Intercrime series of Arne Dahl Well, sort of No one is Ed McBain except maybe Evan Hunter But we have a group of detectives, all with particular talents who are assembled together in the Intercrime Group None are perfect but they do have a synergistic effect when hunting down major criminals Sweden has been invaded by an American serial killer and so the group assembles to identify them and track them down and apprehend them And so they do sort of What s that you say What do you mean Nope, read the book, you ll be glad you did You ll enjoy these detectives, their lives, imperfect, real, good and bad And this story It s a good one I think Ed would appreciate the intricacies of the plot In this 2nd book in the Intercrime series, the Swedish detective squad is on the trail of a vicious serial killer The book can be read as a standalone Stockholm s Intercrime Unit A squad deals with serious crimes that extend beyond Sweden s borders As this book in the Nordic crime series opens, the team hasn t had a case in quite some time and is concerned about being split up Before that happens though, the FBI calls Unit A leader, Detective Superintendent Jan Olov Hultin, to report t In this 2nd book in the Intercrime series, the Swedish detective squad is on the trail of a vicious serial killer The book can be read as a standalone Stockholm s Intercrime Unit A squad deals with serious crimes that extend beyond Sweden s borders As this book in the Nordic crime series opens, the team hasn t had a case in quite some time and is concerned about being split up Before that happens though, the FBI calls Unit A leader, Detective Superintendent Jan Olov Hultin, to report that a Swedish literary critic named Lars Erik Hassel has been murdered at Newark International Airport..and the killer is on a plane headed for Stockholm The FBI tells DS Hultin that before he was killed critic Hassel was rendered mute by a diabolical device inserted into his neck..and mercilessly tortured This is the modus operandi of a serial murderer called the Kentucky Killer, who first used this torture method during the Vietnam War to squeeze information out of the enemy Afterwards, the Kentucky Killer employed this technique for his own deadly purposes However, the Kentucky Killer died in a fiery car crash many years ago So it looks like a copycat killer is on his way to Sweden Detectives from Unit A are deployed to Stockholm Airport to try to apprehend the copycat when he deplanes However, there are too many passengers and too much confusion, and the murderer gets away As the intercrime unit waits for the killer to make his next move they investigate Lars Erik Hassel, to see who might have wanted the literary critic dead Turns out Hassel was a self important snob who mistreated his former wives and skewered many writers, ruining their careers Almost everyone disliked Hassel, including his son Was Hassel s murder random A hit Something else Meanwhile, the copycat killer gets busy in Sweden, and dead bodies turn up here and there The police try to see connections among the victims, but make slow progress.Thus two members of Unit A, Detective Paul Hjelm and Detective Kerstin Holm, fly to the U.S to consult FBI Special Agent Ray Larner who spent years pursuing the Kentucky Killer Hjelm and Holm makes important discoveries in America..and their colleagues back home also obtain new evidence This leads to some startling discoveries and a dramatic denouement.The detectives in Unit A are an interesting bunch who navigate diverse private and professional lives Paul Hjelm and Kirstin Holm deal with the aftermath of their illicit affair Gunnar Nyberg a former Mr Sweden is torn with guilt about his previous bad behavior computer whiz Jorge Chavez adds a light, exotic touch to the team and so on The ongoing characters add engaging elements to the novel.I enjoyed the story and recommend it to fans of Scandinavian thrillers You can follow my reviews at This better second book, after Misterioso, was written in the pre dawn of the current century and it has to be read with that awareness It is Swedish, and so I think that awareness must also include the residual shock surrounding the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986, a crime without a certain perpetrator It is a police procedural, serial killer novel of the kind I have been reading since finding David L Lindsey s Mercy 25 years ago So many have been written, and since the This better second book, after Misterioso, was written in the pre dawn of the current century and it has to be read with that awareness It is Swedish, and so I think that awareness must also include the residual shock surrounding the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986, a crime without a certain perpetrator It is a police procedural, serial killer novel of the kind I have been reading since finding David L Lindsey s Mercy 25 years ago So many have been written, and since the cannibal genius Hannibal Lecter so many have been unreadable, gaudy and repulsive, over those years It has been redeemed, in my view, by the Millennium novels of Stieg Larsson Crime books of the best kind in the latter half of the last century and still have kept to the practice of exhuming details, motives, killers and their unusual mentalities Digging, exposure, then revelation and relief from the horror What I noticed here is a theme that is now to me dominant in the air that surrounds most of my reading Here is what one voice says at the conclusion of this book The Cold War is over What has replaced it almost feels worse, because we don t understand what it is The world is shrinking, and above all, we seem to be shrinking This, before September 11, meretricious wars, the shallow culture of the web, and a deeply harmed ideal of democracy As a reader, my preference in crime novels is the book that addresses the unsolvable, almost unknowable, even invisible, crime The detective may demonstrate a process of inquiry leading to justice, but it isauthentically about a darkness that is resistant to light, something that cannot be exhumed Such books and this is one of them are about the irresistible desire to overcome that resistance Bad Blood offers the qualities of ambivalence and ambiguity that readers of the ancient Sjowall Wahloo novels about Martin Beck will recognize and appreciate Forget guilt, forget innocence try to understand complicity and uncertainty As another voice says, reading in the dim light of one small candle, There can never be too little light The novel, of course, is set in ceaseless rain Bad Blood is, in my humble opinion, one of the best books of A Gruppen or Intercrime saga even though it is only the second installment in the series The elite team of policemen is facing a unique, for the Swedish standards, case involving an American serial killer known as The Kentucky killer who, according to strong evidence, is in the country wreaking havoc to the local community This novel stands out, mainly, for the terrifying villain who uses a special instrument of tor Bad Blood is, in my humble opinion, one of the best books of A Gruppen or Intercrime saga even though it is only the second installment in the series The elite team of policemen is facing a unique, for the Swedish standards, case involving an American serial killer known as The Kentucky killer who, according to strong evidence, is in the country wreaking havoc to the local community This novel stands out, mainly, for the terrifying villain who uses a special instrument of torture, a type of pliers which squeeze the victim s vocal chords and finally kills them The plot is compelling and the pace smooth, while the reader has the opportunity to delve once again to the minds of the team of protagonists that we are already acquainted with from the previous novel in the series Misterioso Bad Blood shifts the focus primarily to Paul Hjelm and Kerstin Holm who travel together to the U.S.A in order to learnabout the Kentucky killer from the FBI agents who were on the case The novel has a lot of, perfectly placed, twists and turns while another thing that hugely enjoyed was the fact that we get to hear the killer s side near the end when he is interrogated by the arresting officers and explains his way of reasoning In the majority of crime novels, the villain either dies or gets arrested and soon after that, the novel ends leaving the reader with a large number of questions concerning the real motives or the way with which a deranged killer rationalizes his actions My rating is closer to 4,5 5 and I highly recommend the book to all avid crime fiction fanatics