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Misterioso: A Crime Novel (A-gruppen/Intercrime #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,485 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
After successfully—but bloodily—dismantling a complicated hostage situation at a bank in the suburbs of Stockholm, Detective Paul Hjelm is faced with the requisite investigation by Internal Affairs. It is a potentially career-ending inquiry, but he is plucked out of it by the National Criminal Police commissioner, who drops him into an elite task force of officers assemble ...more
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Published July 12th 2011 by Random House Audio (first published 1998)
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Bonnie Brody
Feb 28, 2012 Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Misterioso by Arne Dahl is a unique 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 killer.

The title of the book comes from a piece of music composed by Thelonius Mon
Nancy Oakes
Between a 3.5 and a 3.75, rounded up.

Misterioso is very different from normal Scandinavian crime fare, but still good. I liked it, with a couple of reservations (see below).

Misterioso is another fine example of Scandinavian crime fiction, this time more of a police procedural with a few twists and turns along the way. There is definitely no measure of cutesiness to be found in this book -- it's police work through and through, and some of the scenes are a bit violent. At the end of the book, the
Jul 07, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amazon Vine
Recommended to Katy by: Fans of thrillers, mystery and suspense
Shelves: vine-book
Please Note: I read and reviewed this book in May, 2011 from a copy I received from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. Just adding formatting and that disclosure. All opinions are my own.

About the Book: Misterioso is the first in the A-Group series from Arne Dahl, a published author in his native Sweden. You can tell he is an experienced writer by how smoothly this story runs, and by how it sucks you in and keeps you in. Originally published in 1999 in Sweden, it has now b
Πρόκειται για το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς που ουσιαστικά συστήνει την Ομάδα Α στους αναγνώστες.
Επίλεκτη ομάδα αστυνομικών, με τα προβλήματα της, συνολικά και ατομικά, που όμως κατορθώνει να δουλεύει με σύμπνοια και αλληλοεπικάλυψη.
Τα έφερε έτσι η τύχη να το διαβάσω τέταρτο στη σειρά. Τα κακά του ανακατεμένου διαβάσματος αλλά, κρίνοντας εκ των υστέρων, δεν έχασα και κάτι ιδιαίτερο.
Κατώτερο του "Μπλουζ της Ευρώπης" (#4) και του "Μίσος και Αίμα" (#3) αλλά καλύτερο από το "Κινέζικοι Ψίθυροι"(Opcop
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 interesting and suspenseful. I found, however, the first part of the book which follows the hero, Peter Hjelm, who rockets to hero when resolving a hostage drama to villain (the hostage-taker was an immigrant which leads to charges of prejudice on the part of Hjelm) back to hero as he is hand-picked to be a part of a team formed to track down a serial killer ...more

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 m
Bruce Hatton
Mar 25, 2016 Bruce Hatton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish-crime
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.
Cathy DuPont
Jan 09, 2015 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No...I'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.
Ежко Таралежко
Дами и господа, моля запознайте се с най-слабата книга, която някога съм чел. Безумно безумна, а аз глупости съм чел много - Сиромахов, Куелю, "Кралят в жълто", Нюансите сиво...
Но това определено е първият том, който ще накъсам на малки парченца за тоалетната на Гад (котарака ми).

А преди да обърнем внимание на голямото лайно (самият роман) нека обърнем внимание на по-малкото, а именно - самото изпълнение.
Издадената от никому неизвестното издателство Enthusiast (отговорни и за комунистическия сек
Nick Davies
Another Nordic crime author given a go to impress me, but another disappointment. Some of this was due to the author's/translator's (and my) inability to delineate various names of characters and places, with the consequence that I lost track of who was Hjelde, who was Hedeberg, who was Hanssen, and whether they had spoken to Henriksson or Holmgren in Halmstad, Helsingborg or Huskvana? A larger part was due to this rendering a complicated storyline (businessmen are being shot by a jazz-loving mu ...more
Julian King
I've just finished this, and I have to admit I'm quite breathless: the momentum in the last quarter is genuinely exhilarating!

I daresay this will make an excellent TV series (on BBC4, from Spring 2013), primarily due to its references to fashionable concerns like the banking crisis, thrilling action sequences, the absence of overly repulsive violence, the presence of (more or less) tasteful sex etc. Also, the extremely sketchily drawn characters (or should I say symbolic ciphers?) can perhaps be
Florence Wetzel
Mar 16, 2012 Florence Wetzel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great thriller that manages to interweave Thelonious Monk!
There's always been a steady stream of quality Swedish crime fiction in English translation, dating back to the Martin Beck series of the mid-1960s to mid-1970s through the Wallander series of the 1990s and newer writers like Helen Tursten's D.I. Huss series. However, the blockbuster success of the Steig Larsson trilogy turned that steady stream into a gushing torrent of books seeking to be the next Swedish hit. Unfortunately, this book (the first of a trilogy) is just not that good.

It opens wit
Jul 16, 2012 Raven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This almost escaped my Scandinavian crime radar but I’m jolly glad it didn’t as I thoroughly enjoyed this taut and well-written thriller. This is the first of Dahl’s Intercrime series to hit British shelves (previously published as ‘Misterioso’ in reference to the killer’s particular use of background music) with the follow-up ‘Bad Blood’ due for release next year. Billed as Henning Mankell meets ‘The Wire’, an elite group of detectives strive to uncover the identity of a killer unceremoniously ...more
Sep 23, 2014 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book came to me highly recommended, so I was surprised by how underwhelmed I was. It has some good points and some vivid images, not least the one set up in the first few pages -- and the book's premise is excellent -- but I found the writing for the most part unbearably cumbrous (and sometimes worse than that), the plotting sloppy, the pacing sloppier, the characterization infantile (and, oh God, spare me the bloody awful sex bits, one of which was so richly implausible that it had me pumm ...more
Mar 28, 2015 D.G. marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Really disgusting scene in the first chapter (not gruesome just gross) that had nothing to do with any investigation: (view spoiler) ...more
Al ritmo del tema que da título a la novela (Misterioso, de Thelonius Monk), el autor nos introduce en la novela a través de los ojos de sus dos principales protagonistas: por una parte el asesino, y por otra el policía. La forma en que se tratan a los dos personajes nos sugiere interesantes paralelismos entre ambos, que se hacen más evidentes a lo largo de la novela.

La novela se lee fácilmente, es amena, aunque posee demasiados personajes, que pueden confundir a más de un lector al principio; y
May 07, 2012 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nordic police detectives portrayed in crime fiction set in Scandinavia are a dour and conflicted bunch of people. Paul Hjelm in Arne Dahl's "Misterioso" is no different from the rest. He and his wife are like strangers occupying the same house and his teenage children seem more remote and alienated every day. Good thing there is a maniac killing the capitalist elite of Sweden, following a timetable that only he knows and doing his killing to the strains of a jazz classic by Thelonius Monk. He is ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Layne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the problem is more me than the book. This was pretty dark and I had a hard time caring about the characters.
Oct 20, 2012 Toni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thrillers
Скучна. Привлече ме идеята, че убиецът слуша джаз парче по време на всяко едно от убийствата, но се оказа далеч по-безинтересна отколкото очаквах. Елементите от личния живот на Йелм не ми бяха по сърце; беше ми трудно да следя какво е развитието на самата мистерия при положение, че през по-голямата част от повествованието се разпределяха задачи между членовете на Отряд-А. На моменти стилът ми се стори малко тежък и помпозен, което може би произлиза от факта, че е първа книга от поредица, но не м ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid Scandinavian police procedural.
Roo I MacLeod
The Blinded Man by Arne Dahl
Two powerful business men have been murdered and Swedish powers fear a serial killer is on the loose. A task force is put together because powerful dead men deserve a powerful new task force. The Swedish A team, yes it is the A Team, are a mismatched team recruited from all over Sweden for their varied talents I guess, but none of them specialists in their field. Each of the team have issues and back stories that flit in and out of the story, but only superficially as
Jun 14, 2014 Robyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
NB: I read the English translation of this title.

Perhaps it was because I know that this is the first novel in a series, but I felt that it read like a first novel in a series. By that I mean that the author seemed to be getting to the know his characters and narrative style as the novel went on. Though most of the action is centered on character Paul Hjelm, there are sections where the narrative focuses on Hjelm's colleagues in the newly formed special police unit. The author is working to int
I spent the whole book thinking I wasn't quite getting the plot, which dispatched with any suspense which might otherwise have built. It's also a very masculine novel, perhaps that's deliberate, perhaps it's the translation. And too many cliches. It was recommended by a friend and I wanted to love it but... Anyway, I'm going to try the next one in the intercrime thriller series and try to concentrate a bit harder on the plot.
Anne Wright
Sep 21, 2015 Anne Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime lovers
Recommended to Anne by: Dead Good Crime book Club
The Blinded Man by Arne Dahl

I gave this book 4.75 out of 5

I had some reservations at first. But after I got past the first couple of chapters I started to enjoy the story. Murder and Mayhem. An international group of detectives brought together to look into the murders of three prominent business men, there is no evidence left at each scene of the first two and then a bullet is left at the third. An old bullet, and when it is examined it implicates the Russian mafia in the murders.

Paul Hjelm is
Carol Peace
Sep 18, 2015 Carol Peace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The opening pages of this book introduced us to Detective Paul Hjelm who instead of waiting for a negotiater decides the man holding hostages isn't really a threat. He knows his superiors will be ready to condemn him but is very surprised when he is told he will be moving to a special task force.It seems that while he was confronting the man in the immigration office elsewhere an influential business man has been killed. The new team seems to be made up of several different types of officers who ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Stina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimier
Jeg fik endelig taget mig sammen til at starte på serien om A-gruppen. Jeg gjorde et forsøg med ”Efterskælv” men lagde den fra mig…

Denne første i serien, har jeg et noget blandet forhold til: Sproget er flydende og bogen er sådan set letlæselig. Men, jeg synes den er for tynd i kanten, der mangler substans, og de mange personer bliver for perifære og en anelse anonyme.

Jeg mangler at komme ind i persongalleriet, føle hvad de indeholder. Men jeg vil da sige, at min nysgerrighed er vakt, så jeg kas
Apr 13, 2016 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Hjelm is a cop who achieves notoriety by gunning down a hostage-taker. Internal Affairs are less than impressed with his actions, but public approval saves him. Still, he gets transferred to join a new team in Stockholm called the A Unit.

The A Unit has been asked to investigate the strange murders of some of Sweden's leading industrialists, all despatched with two shots to the head. The method of their killing, along with other evidence, suggests some kind of organised crime connection, and
Jul 18, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A special unit is set up to deal with a possible serial killer. The unit is a mix of police officers, several with issues from the past and including one who was about to be sacked for mishandling a hostage incident. The book begins however with an apparently unrelated attempted bank robbery. The elements of the story all draw together and progress to a reasonably satisfying conclusion. There's quite a bit of humour, and maybe more sex than is necessary for the story. There is also quite a lot o ...more
Nicht immer wird man mit einem Autor und seinem Erzählstil warm. Vielleicht ist auch nicht jeder Roman für die Audiobook-Produktion geeignet.
Arne Dahl und seine A-Gruppe ermitteln in Misterioso in ihrem ersten Fall. Eine Reihe von Bänkern/Aufsichtsratsmitgliedern wird ermordet, dabei scheint der Mörder nach einem Muster vorzugehen. Um den medienträchtigen Fall aufzuklären, wird eine neue Ermittlungsgruppe ins Leben gerufen. Sie besteht aus mehreren markanten Charakteren, all
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Arne Dahl is the pen name of Jan Arnald, an internationally known Swedish crime author and literary critic.

His writing can also be seen in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. He published Barbarer (2001) and Maria och Artur (2006) under his own name, but under his pseudonym he has written the A-gruppen (Intercrime) series, involving the A-team, a group highly trained in dealing with criminal ca
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A-gruppen/Intercrime (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Upp till toppen av berget (A-gruppen, #3)
  • Europa blues (A-gruppen, #4)
  • De största vatten (A-gruppen, #5)
  • En midsommarnattsdröm (A-gruppen, #6)
  • Dödsmässa (A-gruppen, #7)
  • Mörkertal (A-gruppen, #8)
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