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Misterioso (A-gruppen #1)

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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
Hardcover, First American Edition, 340 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Pantheon Books (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
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Katy
Jul 07, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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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
Icewineanne

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
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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
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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
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Florence Wetzel
Mar 16, 2012 Florence Wetzel rated it really liked it
A great thriller that manages to interweave Thelonious Monk!
Tony
Feb 12, 2014 Tony rated it liked it
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
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Raven
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
John
Sep 23, 2014 John rated it it was ok
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
D.G.
Mar 28, 2015 D.G. marked it as dnf
Shelves: reviewed
Really disgusting scene in the first chapter (not gruesome just gross) that had nothing to do with any investigation: (view spoiler) ...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
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Ed
May 07, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
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
Layne
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.
Toni
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
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
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Robyn
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
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Tvtowerbaby
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
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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
Stina
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
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Inga
Audiobook-Rezension:
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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Steve
Dec 19, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Stacia
Jul 19, 2013 Stacia rated it really liked it
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
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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
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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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