Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Bad Blood (Intercrime, #2)” as Want to Read:
Bad Blood (Intercrime, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Bad Blood

(A-gruppen/Intercrime #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,093 ratings  ·  183 reviews
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 ticke
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Pantheon (first published 1998)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Bad Blood, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This question contains spoilers... (view spoiler)
Cybercrone Yes, I think that's why they give up on Jennings. Politics.

And my sense of Justine's money was a base of family money topped up significantly with cri…more
Yes, I think that's why they give up on Jennings. Politics.

And my sense of Justine's money was a base of family money topped up significantly with criminal enterprise - but you're right, I don't think it ever really said.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.71  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,093 ratings  ·  183 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Bad Blood (Intercrime, #2)
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it

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
David Carr
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Didn't enjoy it as much as the first book but it was a classic and decent take on police procedures. I still think the pacing in these books are good and we uncover little by little in a good pace ...more
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
''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 ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Bad Blood is the second in the Intercrime series by Scandinavian crime writer,Arne Dahl. In this novel, we meet again the team of police officers featured previously, getting to know a little more of their characters and what “makes them tick”. They are an interesting, flawed and varied set of personalities, who gel into an effective crime- solving force.

Their task this time is to find the American serial killer, nicknamed the Kentucky Killer. This is a particularly unpleasant murderer, who uses
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery, sweden
Bad Blood is book two in the Intercrime series by Arne Dahl. Detective Paul Hjelm and Detective Kerstin Holm of the Intercrime team caught a case of the death of Swedish literary critic. The plane ticket of the murdered victim was stolen, and the request by FBI to help in finding a serial killer Detective Paul Hjelm and Detective Kerstin Holm realise that the murderer is coming to Stockholm. The readers of Bad Blood will continue to follow Detective Paul Hjelm and Detective Kerstin Holm to see i ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of noir, Scandinavian novels, crime thrillers
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Suspense/Thriller/Noir Crime
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: those who like darker crime thrillers, those who like Scandinavian crime novels
Book Available: August 13, 2013 in Hardcover and Kindle formats
Trigger Warnings: torture, murder, infidelity (flashback to first book), child abuse

My Thoughts: This is an absolutely brilliant book, like the first one. Again I am not surprised to find that Arne Dahl is a bestseller and very well-known elsewhere in the world. While it is
Luanne Ollivier
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5/5 It's no secret to faithful readers that I'm a crime fiction fan. I always enjoy discovering new authors in this genre.

Arne Dahl's latest North American release is Bad Blood. This is the second book featuring his recurring characters, the members of the A-Unit of the Swedish Intercrime Team.

The team is notified by the FBI that an American serial killer has eluded authorities and is on a flight to Sweden. Once the plane lands, the killer manages to again escape and the inevitable wait be
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The second in Dahl's Swedish special crime team novels, and pretty good. While there is a lot to groan about, the interesting plot and humor (when it works) more than make up for the odd moments and mistakes about America.

The plot involves the 'Kentucky Killer' traveling to Sweden. Since this was written pre-9/11, the ease with which K (as he is called) goes through the airports can be excused, even it gave me pause. What also stopped the flow for me was Dahl referring to Kentucky as being in th
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-nordic
Stockholm's A-Group, tasked with investigating crimes with international connections, are following the trail of an American serial killer, who appears to have murdered a Swedish citizen in New York and taken his seat on a flight to Sweden. The routine investigation of a warehouse break-in appears to throw up links to the killer, and the team have to pull together all the lines of enquiry to try to track down a vicious and ruthless killer.

This was an enjoyable read, combining a police procedural
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great police procedural from Mr. Dahl. I am enjoying the slow building rapport between the team of investigators first introduced in the beginning novel in the series 'Misterioso'. ...more
3,5/5 stars
Rikard Bergquist
Meandering, slow, predictable first half that picks up speed in the second half. Twists and somewhat breaks the mold but stays a little bit to true to the genre, to become something out of the ordinary.
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2013
Be careful what you wish for…

Paul Hjelm and the team have had very little to do since they wound up their last case in The Blinded Man. 'Violent crimes with an international character' seem to be in short supply. And Paul is bored...

'What they needed was a robust serial killer, of a robust, international character, thought Paul Hjelm as he slid back into his orgy of self-pity.'

Be careful what you wish for! Even as Paul thinks this, a serial killer is on his way to Sweden - a killer who tortures
Amanda - Go Book Yourself

A review copy was provided by Gill Hess in return for an honest review

I should start by saying that I haven't read the first book nor have I seen the TV series. It usually really irks me when I discover that the book I'm reading is part of a series but it didn't really effect my enjoyment of this one.

The blurb on the back sounded really interesting and I couldn't wait to get into it. I was expecting a roller-coaster like thriller but that wasn't what I got. The first half of the book
The second book in the A-Unit series opens just about a season after Misterioso’s conclusion. Dahl does a nice job of summarizing the previous novel without giving away any plot points, but covers just enough of a re-cap that readers starting with this second novel in the series would not be overly lost. Like its predecessor, this novel falls more into the police-procedural sub-genre of the mystery/thriller. Accordingly, its opening pages are fairly slow paced. But this pacing completely changes ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
I thought that the first eighty odd pages of history and establishing of the unsympathetic characters was far too long and tedious, the story took a long time to develop and gain momentum but once it did it was riveting. Being a police procedural in style I can easily see how this story could translate successfully to the small screen (BBC4 has picked this title and series up and I believe it has already screened).

I like hearing the behind the scenes banter and theorising; the blackboard of what
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a gap of 5 years I have finally picked up book 2 in ths Swedish police series. Set in Sweden the events of book 1 are fresh in the memory of Paul Hjelm and the other members of the elite A team set up to investigate the crimes in the first instalment.
Here , whilst unsure whether any new major crimes will arise a sudden call is received from the FBI that a renowned serial kiler, with a unique signature murder, had killed a Swedish art critic in Newark airport and was on a plane to stockholm
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really like this series, and the second book is even better than the first. Dahl manages to be both really grim and outrageously funny. There's a bit of proselytizing when our heroes end up in NYC, but I enjoyed seeing the US's policies on crime from a European perspective. Very creepy bad guy. Will keep reading these. Great ending. ...more
Ken Fredette
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
There were places where Arne just talks to himself because I don't know it doesn't make sense. It was worth the effort put into it but not much more. ...more
Maureen O'Haren
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Arne Dahl (pen name of Jan Arnald) has written a terrific crime novel in the style of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's Martin Beck series, combining a police procedural with laugh-out-loud humor, witty lines, political and social commentary and human insight. I could not put it down.

Those key questions--who really are the good guys? which economic and political systems are better for the well-being of the people? are we really willing to pay the price for our lifestyles, and is that life
Mike Cuthbert
In a clever turn, Dahl’s villain comes from the US, allowing Dahl to comment on both Swedish and American politics and government. Both are seen rather negatively!) The Kentucky Killer has a long history—almost two decades—of killing using the same device: a type of corkscrew machine that first incapacitates the vocal cords so the victim cannot be heard, then allows all sorts of tortures to go on uninterrupted. (The screw device is reminiscent of Jo Nesbø’s cleverer death machines.) At any rate, ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dahl’s follow-up to Misterioso, finds Detective Hjelm still in his humorous, existential, perpetual crisis. The A-unit, the collection of brilliant, yet misfit detectives, but with no major crimes. Things change, when a Swedish literary agent is murdered in a broom closet at JFK airport, with an bizarre pincer devise in his throat, which prevents screaming while being tortured It was developed during the Vietnam War to torture Viet Cong. The FB gets involved since they had been tracking a serial ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Bad Blood' is a very common name for a book, but the one I read was by the award-winning Swedish novelist Arne Dahl. I'm not sure whether it was the English translation, or because it was written in 1998, or that fact that I hadn't read the first of his stories about these characters, but there was something about it that was a miss for me. Yes, there was lots of suspense, brutality, gruesome murders, tension and a fairly fast pace, so I continued reading. But the characters didn't resonate wit ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
#2 in the Intercrime mystery series involving the special crime unit A-Unit in Sweden.

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 th
Bonnie Brody
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
'The Kentucky Killer', a serial killer in the U.S., has murdered a Swedish national at the Newark Airport and apparently taken a plane to Sweden with a false passport. After lying low for 15 years, this serial killer is at it again and the Swedish police don't have a clue what connects him to Sweden and the Swedish literary critic he murdered. The killer utilizes a type of torture that makes it impossible for the victim to cry out despite the horrible pain he is enduring.

The police department in
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Dark and disturbing, the story owes as much to 70-80's crime dramas as to Sjöwall and Wahlöö with a nod to Le Carré for its twist of intrigue.

That said, the writing fails to match the level of quality established by the Martin Beck series, particularly as the first third, detailing the dreary lives of the A-unit members, leaves the reader wondering why the characters hadn't succumbed to thoughts of suicide. The characters for the most part are wooden but two, Paul Hjelm and Gunnar Nyberg show e
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Just, wow! This really was amazing and exceeded my expectations. A powerful opening that sets up the novel was written with such a high quality and flow that I was convinced the book had peaked too early. Boy was I wrong!
Arne Dahl consistently kept up the quality and flow throughout whilst also delving into characterisation on a much deeper level than you'd expect, but this didn't alter the flow in any negative way. The hunt for The Kentucky Killer by Paul Hjlem the Swedish A Unit was riv
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was much better than Misterioso, the first book in this series. It had more social commentary for one thing which I like in a story set in another country. And it wasn’t centered on the same person who frankly was sort of boring. Part of the story took place in the States where two members of the Swedish crime squad went to talk to the FBI. And there was less talk and more action. You’d miss a little background if you didn’t read the books in order, but I would recommend starting with this ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Woman with Birthmark (Inspector Van Veeteren #4)
  • Black Angel
  • Mind's Eye (Inspector Van Veeteren #1)
  • The Vault (Grens & Sundkvist #2)
  • Difesa a zona (Kostas Charitos, #2)
  • The Late-Night News (Costas Haritos #1)
  • Death Deserved (Alexander Blix & Emma Ramm, #1)
  • When It Grows Dark (William Wisting, #11)
  • The Cabin (The Cold Case Quartet #2)
  • Røykteppe (Alexander Blix & Emma Ramm, #2)
  • Το μίσος
  • The Ice Swimmer (Oslo Detective Series)
  • Blindgang (William Wisting, #10)
  • Η αφιέρωση
  • Hour of the Wolf (Inspector Van Veeteren #7)
  • The Clasp
  • Münsters Fall (Inspector Van Veeteren #6)
  • The Courier
See similar books…
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

Other books in the series

A-gruppen/Intercrime (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Misterioso (A-gruppen/Intercrime, #1)
  • 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)
  • Efterskalv (A-gruppen, #9)
  • Himmelsöga (A-gruppen, #10)
  • Elva (A-gruppen, #11)

Related Articles

If you're a fan of the mystery and thriller genre and young adult books, recent months have brought a bevy of great reads to your shelves! We...
149 likes · 20 comments