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Misterioso (A-gruppen (Intercrime) #1)

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Kaum ist Paul Hjelm, Inspektor der Stockholmer Polizei, zur Sondereinheit für besonders schwierige Fälle berufen worden, da hat er es schon mit einem kaltblütigen Serienmörder zu tun: drei unbescholtene Geschäftsleute – hingerichtet mit Kopfschüssen aus nächster Nähe, nach einem präzisen Ritual. Eine erste Spur, die zu einer Geheimloge führt, erweist sich als Sackgasse. Is...more
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Published November 30th 2003 by Piper (first published 1998)
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Bonnie Brody
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...more
Katy
Jul 07, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amazon Vine
Recommended to Katy by: Fans of thrillers, mystery and suspense
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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...more
Ellie
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
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...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...more
Florence Wetzel
A great thriller that manages to interweave Thelonious Monk!
Raven
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
Anabelee
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...more
Tony
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...more
Robyn
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...more
Stina
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...more
Sian Wadey
I was familiar with the TV series of the same name before I picked up The Blinded Man, the first in this collection.
The casting director of the TV series did a top notch job hiring actors that perfectly portrayed Arne Dahl's characters. Of course, the obvious exception is the leader of the A-Team, who is turned from a man in the novel, to a female on screen. Despite their flaws, they're all thoroughly likeable and their individual stories and quirks display their humanity. It's also interesting...more
Steve
An enjoyable read, in the spirit of Sjowall and Wahloo, in the sense that the action centers around and involves an entire unit (Unit A) to try to solve a series of killings, rather than just focus on one particular detective. The unit consists of six members plus their boss, all of whom are memorable characters. The book first was published in Sweden in 1999 and, like Sjowall and Wahloo, it addresses societal issues at the time the story takes place in the early 1990’s. Issues like immigration,...more
Stacia
Plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose. That’s what I was thinking as I read this book. Originally published in 1999 but only recently translated, Misterioso is as relevant today as it was then. Wealthy men are being killed in Stockholm—men who profited greatly while others suffered during the Swedish banking crisis of the 1990s. Could this be the killer’s motivation—payback? It’s a sentiment that resonates in a post–Occupy Wall Street society.

A special task force is formed to investigate the...more
yexxo
Um Paul Hjelm, Ermittler bei der Stockholmer Polizei, nach einem aufsehenerregenden Fall aus der Schusslinie der internen Ermittlung zu bringen, initiiert sein Chef die Neugründung einer Sondereinheit, zu der Hjelm umgehend abgeordnet wird. Deren Aufgabe ist die Klärung dreier Morde an schwedischen Wirtschaftsgrößen sowie(vermutlich) weitere Tote zu verhindern. Die ersten Spuren führen zu einer Geheimloge, dann in osteuropäische Mafiakreise. Doch diese versuchen auf einzigartige, brutale Weise k...more
Cheryl M-M
The first part of the book, right up till the recruitment takes place, it felt as if Dahl was trying to be über-complex. Philisophical procrastination with a bout of crime thrown in for free, which made it less complex and more confusing. Indeed the main character tends to stray quite often into mindless moments of imagination or fantasy and sometimes can't distinguish between the two.
Scandinavian crime is an art unto itself and depending on how much political and cultural elements are involved...more
David Carr
Despite a soft section or two, and a resulting loss of momentum, this Swedish procedural has caused me to think about the Martin Beck books, a series that still epitomizes great social crime fiction for me, decades after reading them. "Social," because the idiosyncrasies and relationships and the contexts of society are all living entities in the reading. (The 87th Precinct books are also among the finest examples.) Serial killers, with all their endurance and precision, are ultimately not very...more
Alla
"Misterioso" by Arne Dahl follows about Detective Paul Hjelm, who has just been saved from being fired by acting inappropriately in a hostage situation, by being transferred to a newly created A Unit--assembled for the purpose of solving cases of national importance--and already working on a case concerning the serial murders of Sweden's leading businessmen.

As Hjelm tries to find links between the murdered men--anything from their memberships in prestigious sailing clubs and golf clubs, to parti...more
Kathleen Hagen
Misterioso, No. 1 in the Intercrime Series, by Arne Dahl, Tiina Nunnally (translator),b-plus, Narrated by John Lee, Produced by Random House Audio, Downloaded from audible.com.

I will just quote the publisher’s note here as it describes this book and its story as well or better than I can. I don’t know if I consider this book an example of Sweden’s best detective writing. I will have to read more of the series to decide that.
Publisher’s note:
After successfully - but bloodily - dismantling a comp...more
Χρήστος Καψάλης
Συνήθως το νουάρ γράφεται σε μουσικό φόντο τζαζ. Από τον Μανσέτ μέχρι τον Ελλρόι, όλα τα μεγάλα έργα του μαύρου μυθιστορήματος εξελίσσονται υπό τον ήχο ενός σαξόφωνου. Στην περίπτωσή μας η τζαζ όχι μόνο αποτελεί το μουσικό μοτίβο αλλά δίνει και τον τίτλο. Στο έργο του Άρνε Νταλ, Misterioso, το θρυλικό κομμάτι του Τ. Μονκ είναι το αγαπημένο άκουσμα ενός δολοφόνου που μεθοδικά ξεπαστρεύει έναν έναν τους μεγαλοεπιχειρηματίες της Σουηδίας. Κι επειδή το να καθαρίζεις τους επιφανείς εκπροσώπους της άρ...more
Kim
I was surprised a bit that this was such a good book. It reminded me a bit of Per Wahloo and the series on Martin Beck, but it also had a bit of Walander thrown in, too. I'd put it at the same level as Mankell, actually - without the overdone atmospherics or histrionics.

The main character, Paul Hjelm is in trouble with his bosses and about to have a deep and meaningful existential exchange with his wife. Then, he is put on a new investigative team and his 'bad' record expunged. The A-Team (whic...more
Mysterytribune
Review: Misterioso by Arne Dahl

Misterioso is Arne Dahl's first novel, written in 1999 and translated to English in July, 2011 and is probably one of the best Scandinavian police procedurals I have ever read in quite a while. This book has all the elements of a great mystery: A great plot, interesting characters and unconventional locations. The story line is shaped around a serial killer theme but Arne has put a lot of effort in developing the characters and that has added tremendously to the ri...more
Leah
‘Behind the mystery, there’s a mist…’

When two top-level financiers are murdered in quick succession, the Swedish authorities decide to put together a special unit to investigate. Fortunately for our hero, Paul Hjelm, he is asked to join just as he is about to be fired for shooting an immigrant during a hostage situation. As the murder toll continues to climb, the unit is following several leads. Are the crimes to do with something in the men’s pasts? Or is the murderer an insane serial killer?...more
Victoria
I don’t quite recall how this book first caught my attention - but I imagine that it was not too long after I finished reading Steig Larssen’s books, eager to read more Swedish authors. This first book in the A-Unit series involves a string of serial murders but is largely more of a police-procedural type novel than true mystery. Dahl sprinkles in humour along with process (and even insight into the killer’s own mind) in this smoothly translated debut novel. The cast of characters may at first p...more
Pavel Beneš
České vydání z Mladé fronty, aby bylo jasno, že nejsem s to číst detektivku v originále...
Další ze severských detektivkářů, kteří umějí zaujmout... a další z těch (všech), kteří mají potřebu hutnět knihu mnohastránkovými edukativními pasážemi o hostorii míst, kde se děj odehrává, o politice, o kulturách... ale už jsem si zvykl a rychle poznám, které pasáže přeskakovat, protože vím, že ve finále tyhle výlety nehrají vůbec žádnou roli.
Kay
I had pretty much sworn off Scandinavian miseries but made an exception for this Swedish author. I can't resist a plot that hinges on the desire for revenge against the financial wheeler-dealers who led the world to the brink of ruin while enriching themselves. The Swedish police think they're dealing with the usual serial killer, but this is a horse of a different color. The mysterious killing of three millionaires creates an excellent plot, but there is also some serious reflection on issues t...more
Corny
A really clever offbeat Swedish crime novel, the first of a trilogy by Arne Dahl. The rest of the trilogy doesn't appear to have been translated yet. Alternatively weaving suspense with dry humor, the author gives us a complex story of serial killings and Russian mafia warfare. The major characters who will appear again in the next book are members of an elite Swedish Police unit nicknamed the A-Team. We see all their flaws, which makes this story all the more interesting. Although it helps to k...more
The Crime Scene Scene
The Blinded Man, original title Misterioso, is the first novel in the Intercrime series by author Arne Dahl. Detective Paul Hjelm has shot an immigrant hostage taker. Instead of being fired, as he fully expects, he is seconded to a new elite and top secret unit within Sweden's National Police known only as the A-Unit. The A-Unit's first case, for which they are brought together, is it to investigate the murders of a number of high profile businessmen. The trail will lead the A-Unit into the dark...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I had a difficult time getting into this book at first - so much history background.
Swedish detective Paul Hjelm is about to be fired , but instead he is snatched up into an elite investigative team to find a serial killer who is bumping off Swedish business leaders.
Soon we learn that the killer enjoys listening to Monk's Misterioso while on his killing spree of killing a number of businessmen. There is a connection with these businessmen to the Russian mob, perverted sex rings, and other unsav...more
Antonis
Ενδιαφέρουσα πλοκή, εύστοχα κοινωνικοπολιτικά σχόλια για την οικονομική κρίση (κάποια μάλιστα έχουν σχέση και με τα καθ' ημάς), προσπάθεια για ανάπτυξη χαρακτήρων, ιδιότυπο χιούμορ, αλλά από την άλλη κάτι στο ρυθμό και στον τρόπο που παρουσιάζονται τα υπαρξιακά του κεντρικού ήρωα με ξένιζε. 4/5 και θα του δώσω άλλη μια ευκαιρία μια και ήταν το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς.
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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...more
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