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To the Top of the Mountain

(A-gruppen/Intercrime #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,122 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A young football supporter is knocked down in a pub in Stockholm and dies. It's a seemingly meaningless attack but as detectives Paul Hjelm and Kerstin Holm begin to investigate, they realise there was something else, something even darker unfolding in the background of the pub.

Meanwhile, a man is blown up in a high security prison. A massacre takes place in a dark suburb.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 26th 2014 by Harvill Secker (first published 2000)
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Veronica ⭐️
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2014
A football supporter is murdered in a pub brawl, five men are gunned down during a hijack, a prisoner is killed in a blast inside Kumlar prison. These seemingly unrelated crimes will bring Jan-Olov Hultin out of retirement and the previously disbanded A-Unit together once more.
I enjoyed the banter between the different characters and Hjelm’s dry wit. I loved the way the different plot lines twisted and crossed and then all came together.
Dahl has managed to pull off the short sharp sentences expe
Rowena Hoseason
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you already know about Arne Dahl then you probably met the author’s ensemble detective series courtesy of the BBC4 Swedish TV drama which holds its head high among the very best Nordic noir. The books in the Intercrime series are even better…

Although this is the third novel in the series you can skip the preceding two and cut to the chase: the opening chapters deftly explain the salient points of the back story. The team was disbanded after everything spiralled a little too wildly out of cont
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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There are many threads to this plot and I do confess it took me a little time to start to join the dots but once I did I was mesmerised. I think the greatest strength in Arne Dahl’s writing is his ability to finely draw complete and realistic characters whom the read can relate to. I love the way this team, the A Team, functions; it debates, discusses, it acknowledges individuals strengths and allows the individual to use their abilities to benefit the team and the investigation. The ind
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Intercrime series and it was as engaging as the other two. It's subject matter is brutal and horrible, so it is not for the faint of heart, but justice prevails at the end. And, there is a love story interwoven in it, one that happens fast & furious and is the light in all the darkness. ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Last summer I stumbled upon the Swedish crime drama Arne Dahl* for the first time. Here in the UK it aired on a Saturday night on BBC4, and after about only ten minutes I knew that I was going to be completely hooked. I absolutely adored the format of the show and the characters were wonderful. Recently, I was offered the opportunity to read the latest English translation of Arne Dahl’s work the third book in the Intercrime series, To the Top of The Mountain.

Initially, I was a little concerned t
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, my thanks to the publisher for the opportunity.

This is intelligent crime fiction, not your usual run of the mill stuff whatsoever, you can't take your eye of the page or you will miss something critical in the clever intertwining plots that are in full swing.

I am a fan of the TV show "Arne Dahl" so it helped possibly that I knew the main characters that make up the "A Unit" - the team given the mos
Grada (BoekenTrol)
Despite I usually like Swedish crime novels, I did not really fancy this one. I'm not exactly sure what's the reason for it.

For one, I did not like the style of writing very much. There was a part in the book, where in 3 pages text, 4 times the same lines (about 10 of them) were written. I really wonder why. I'm not senile yet.... This and the fact that I did not really get into the book made me think that it might have been written of a TV-series or a movie. There it would be perfectly logical
Grainne Byrne
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I love the Arne Dahl series on BBC 4 but hadn't read any of his books - but when I heard he was doing a Q&A in Malahide in September, I went along and he was really interesting to listen to. While we were waiting for him, I heard other members of the audience say that "To the top of the mountain" is his best book so I bought it (and got him to sign it!). It was originally published in 2000 and some of the mobile phone/internet access references date it a bit. I enjoyed the book - it is well writ ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling mixture of political thriller, murder mystery, police procedural and turn of the millennium Swedish political/cultural philosophy. Events, seemingly unrelated, combine to tie into a neo-Nazi terrorist threat. The characters are finely developed and and engender empathetic familiarization.

Note: Readers will understand and enjoy this book more after having read the first two in the series.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not real good but certainly not bad either. At parts a good read but here and there astoundingly boring apparently that makes it a literary thriller. I'd say stay focused on the crime(s), all these personal involvements and so called backgrounds do not make the characters more interesting. However if they would be more humorous they may have gotten more depth to me. I'll read one more and then decide if I will spent more time with them.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really a 4.5. Really like this writer s his books combine characterisation equally with complex crimes. He often combines the socological, personal and historical with his stories. They are definite not a quick read as per other more visceral writers, but they are literate and complex in their own way. And the crimes themselves resonate thru the story on many different levels.
Bill Berger
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Arne Dahl's A Team is top notch crime novels and this one is almost perfect.
Three or four separate strands all come together nicely and make this an enjoyable read. All of Dahl's books are highly recommended.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best in the series so far. A real page-turner !
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insanely complicated crimes or lucky coincidences?
And mostly human cops, NOT drowning themselves in coffee and alcohol. Weird.
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another in the series. Better ending than the others.
Lisa Troy
Very, very repetitive.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in english.
Martyn F
Good story. Characters are becoming more interesting.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is in English Goodreads!
Sam Still Reading
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of plot-driven crime novels
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: from the publisher - thank you
Sometimes I really dislike wandering in on a series middle of the way through. It’s like entering a party where everyone knows each other and you don’t know a soul. Fortunately, To the Top of the Mountain doesn’t come with the awkward feeling, giving a succinct summary of what’s happened in the first two books involving the Intercrime team. However, I felt that I didn’t know the characters well enough to distinguish between them (particularly the men). This was particularly difficult as the stor ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incident in a Stockholm bar involving rival sports teams results in the death of one of the men involved. A prisoner is killed in explosion in a prison cell at a high-security prison. Five men die on an industrial estate in what looks like a shoot-out between two separate groups, on the one side, members of a drug cartel and on the other, members of a neo-Nazi group. An elite band of police investigators known as the A-Group, once disbanded, is reunited to investigate all of these disparate c ...more
To the Top of the Mountain is the third book in Arne Dahl’s Intercrime Series, which is a Swedish police procedural and in this reader’s opinion is best read in order to fully understand the unit as well as the deeply complex and developed members of the unit. With that stated, my brief synopsis will potentially provide spoilers for those who did not read the second book, Bad Blood, so skip down a sentence or two. After the team’s last case, the unit was disbanded sending Detectives Hjelm and Ho ...more
Tony Nielsen
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I've read copious Scandanavian thrillers this is my first book by Sweden's Arne Dahl. The front cover says "If you like Henning Mankell you'll love Arne Dahl". Cute, but pretty much on the mark. The main characters belong to a special Stockholm unit which was disbanded and its leader retired after a disastrous end to a major case.

Some of the team of six detectives are following up a murder, some on more routine cases, and one of them is taking on child pornography. Simultaneously a numb
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Another great crime novel - the "A" Unit is back ... and we get to catch up on everyone.
This story begins with a "simple" bar fight - between the fans of two opposing sports teams. When Paul and Kersten question the witnesses who were in the bar - they get glimpses of "something" else that may have been happening in the bar. And then there is a murder - several gang members are murdered and the pieces begin to become connected. The people in the bar are connected to the gang shooting
And that is
Ray Palen
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third novel in Arne Dahl's Intercrime series is a winner.

Set in Stockholm Sweden, the members who had previously made up the Intercrime unit are all working on their own cases. Some of these cases would be worthy of their own novel and are fairly unique --- an explosion within a prison cell, a senseless murder of a young man at a bar, etc. However, the deft plotting of this novel reveals how all the cases are tied together. Hence, the reuniting of the Intercrime team to do battle with a nef
Ken Fredette
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This has been in my to read list for a long time, I thought that it was a WWII book but I was surprised that was't. It really made sense that the plot came from the Bosnian war and it's aftermath. A lot of the people were involved in this struggle but we have paedophile's, armed robbers, killers all being found out by the police, with love stories to break the tension. It was a well written book.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Very very good. Had not heard of him or his series InterCrime; and as the blurb about him implies, he is a worthy colleague to John Le Carré—high praise.

This was the third in a series, but it was not difficult to start with this one. I will be looking for more…

Note: Free book given out by Vintage/Anchor Books at the 2015 Texas Book Festival. Thank you Vintage/Anchor Books!
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: a, kindle, crime-fiction
I love the characters, I love the plots and this time the author cleverly embroiders some of the other detectives however this time I found myself bored at times as salient points are too often reiterated. This unfortunately spoilt the read.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I care about the police characters and want to know more about them. The book told me of greek mythology, computer hacking and neo nazi organizations as well as a very complicated crime scenario which all came together and made perfect sense by the end. Brilliant.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Convoluted plot, told very well, in a very low key manner. The characters are painted in subdued tones, the police more developed than the various criminals scattered throughout the book. I enjoy this series, and am anticipating the next book.
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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

Other books in the series

A-gruppen/Intercrime (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Misterioso (A-gruppen, #1)
  • Bad Blood (Intercrime, #2)
  • Europa blues (A-gruppen, #4)
  • De största vatten (A-gruppen, #5)
  • En midsommarnattsdröm (A-gruppen, #6)
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