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Misterioso: A Crime Novel (A-gruppen/Intercrime #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
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Published July 12th 2011 by Books on Tape (first published 1998)
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batsaki
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς έχει αρκετά καλή υπόθεση όμως δεν με ενθουσίασε και τόσο. Έχοντας διαβάσει πρώτα το 4ο βιβλίο -το οποίο βρήκα περισσότερο ενδιαφέρον- λέω σίγουρα πως θα διαβάσω και τα υπόλοιπα.
Δεν είναι τόσο ο γρίφος του βιβλίου για τον δολοφόνο, όσο το πως κινούνται οι πρωταγωνιστές γύρω από τα στοιχεία που παρουσιάζονται.
Αυτό το βιβλίο κυρίως εστιάζεται στον Πολ Γελμ -μαθαίνουμε όμως ταυτόχρονα και για άλλα μέλη της ομάδας- τον οποίο τον βρίσκω εκνευριστικό. Ψέματα, δεν είναι εκνευ
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Bonnie Brody
Feb 28, 2012 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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Emily
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
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Katy
Jun 03, 2011 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
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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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Chrissa Vasileiou
Το πρώτο βιβλίο του Arne Dahl με ήρωες τα μέλη της Ομάδας Α αποτελεί ένα πολλά υποσχόμενο ξεκίνημα μιας σειράς βιβλίων,που πλέον έχει φτάσει να αριθμεί 11 τίτλους.

Η δολοφονία ισχυρών προσώπων του επιχειρηματικού κόσμου στην Σουηδία είναι η αφορμή για να δημιουργηθεί αυτή η ιδιαίτερη ομάδα,που αποτελείται από 6 μέλη κι έναν υπεύθυνο οργάνωσης και συντονισμού τους. Στο πρώτο βιβλίο ο χαρακτήρας με τον οποίο ασχολείται περισσότερο ο συγγραφέας είναι ο Πολ Γελμ,αν και σταδιακά μας συστήνει και εκεί
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Maria João Fernandes
"Cada pessoa é um mundo."

Paul Hjelm, um detective de Estocolmo, vê-se envolvido numa situação com reféns que se torna mediática. Por momentos, o seu emprego fica em risco, mas Hjelm acaba por ser convidado a juntar-se a uma equipa especial de polícias, denominada "Grupo A". Os elementos do grupo A foram escolhidos a dedo e, na primeira reunião, ficamos a conhecê-los e ao que os trouxe até à nova brigada. O que os une é um assassino em série.

A investigação não nos poupa a nenhum dos procedimentos
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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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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
Cathy DuPont
Dec 27, 2014 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.
Bruce Hatton
Mar 21, 2016 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.
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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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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Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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
Paul Secor
Too many characters and a plot with too many convolutions.

Jazz fans may have an interest in reading this because Thelonious Monk's 1958 Five Spot recording of "Misterioso" (with a bootlegged addition) plays a part in the book. I have the feeling that Arne Dahl is a jazz fan who used his musical interests as a part of the novel, though I could be way off base about that. It did seem a bit far fetched to me that two police officers would have the same interest, but perhaps I just don't know enoug
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Florence Wetzel
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great thriller that manages to interweave Thelonious Monk!
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be quite long and complicated (much like a real serial killer investigation I would imagine) so it was easy to lose the thread when I put the book down, although I found it interesting. I thought the plot was clever and intricate with realistic meanderings after false clues and down blind alleys, but, as I've said, it could get confusing. I also liked the idea behind the A-Team - bring in top outsiders, unemcumbered by current HQ politics and with no allegiances to maintain ...more
Barbara Talbott
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting mystery pitting a serial murderer against a special police division called the A Unit. The murderer is killing high-profile business leaders, while listening to a recording of Thelonious Monk's jazz classic "Misterioso". The only problem I had was keeping the names straight, especially since they were Swedish names. Still a gripping book.
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
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Raven
Jul 16, 2012 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
D.G.
Sep 11, 2011 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
Ed
May 07, 2012 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
John
Sep 23, 2014 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
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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Toni
Oct 06, 2012 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
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.
Lukasz Pruski
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read! 4.5 stars in my book. Reminded me of Sjowall/Wahloo series from the Seventies, with their relentless critique of capitalism *and* socialism. A very good police procedural.
Nadine Vansant
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hooked from the first page

No trailer and no spoilers, if you like good crimis or police stories, intrigues and murder. So you you have to read it for yourself .... Enjoy!
Layne
Aug 30, 2015 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.
Mario J.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't exactly impressed by it. Would I read another ? Only if I had nothing left to read.
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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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  • Europa blues (A-gruppen, #4)
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