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The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator

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A chilling true crime story of poisonous family secrets, love gone wrong, and a cold case that refused to stay buried…

In late summer of 2012, millionaire landowner Göran Lundblad went missing from his farm in Sweden. When a search yielded nothing, and all physical evidence had seemingly disappeared, authorities had little to go on—except a disturbing phone call five weeks
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Hardcover, 303 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by AmazonCrossing
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The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator

This is the story of a missing Swedish millionaire, Goran Lundblad who has a couple of farms and other properties. Before he went missing, he’s been trying to convince his daughter Sara, who lived and worked with him, to get rid of a boyfriend she’d acquired that has become a bone of contention between them. Finally, Therese Tang gets involved, a mother of 3, former model and security guard, who is an investigator for a m
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The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
After a quite disappointing experience with an alleged “true crime” tale several months ago, I nearly passed this one up. But my fondness for Nordic Noir in most any form—Stieg Larsson opened my eyes and I’ve never looked back since—persuaded me that this one might be entertaining. All that snow, and Swedes doing weird things, with surnames and placenames littered with diacritical marks of all types.

There is another review here that recounts virtually every aspect of the plot, to include backsto
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Valerity (Val)
The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator

This is the story of a missing Swedish millionaire, Goran Lundblad who has a couple of farms and other properties. Before he went missing, he’s been trying to convince his daughter Sara, who lived and worked with him, to get rid of a boyfriend she’d acquired that has become a bone of contention between them. Finally, Therese Tang gets involved, a mother of 3, former model and security guard, who is an investigator for a m
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Dawn
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting

A riveting true-crime story set in Scandinavia. The real-life process detectives ... and community volunteers ... used to put the pieces together is highlighted, not the gore. Well-written. All questions answered. Loose ends tied up. All in all, a great read!
Darcia Helle
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I've had some less than enjoyable experiences with translated fiction, and so I hesitated before opting to read this translation of true crime. Aspects of a story and the emotion often get lost in the transition when translating from one language to another. I was pleasantly surprised to find this is an entertaining read that translates well.

I knew nothing about Goran Lundblad's murder or the surrounding family drama. And a drama this is! I couldn't "like" the victim, a wealthy man who lives lik
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Dimitris Passas
I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free ARC of this e-book.
The truth is that I didn't finish it. I am now convinced that the so-called true crime genre is not my cup of tea. The main positive characteristic of the book is that it contains an abundance of information concerning the Swedish socio-political status quo, the emphasis being given in the legal and justice issues. The story itself though couldn't retain my attention enough to even finish it. It is like reading a
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Lynda Kelly
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, true-crime
This was my Kindle First choice for October and I could've picked 3 this month but since true crime is my real "bag" I opted for this and I'm so pleased I did. I really enjoyed it, a fascinating look into how the Swedes investigate a murder (or not) !! I was shocked at one case being referred to as a suicide when the victim was located in his car boot !!
I also found it pretty staggering that they appeared to be only capable of investigating one murder case at a time and all others got left by t
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Beverly
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a very dry...sort of whodunit even tho we KNOW whodunit...maybe an insight into "whydunnit" ....sorry didn't really happen. Unless you are a hardcore true crime unkie I would not recommend.
Sarah
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mosaic of Murder

The author expertly pieces together the events and accounts to reveal a complete picture. The reader is instantly captivated and then cautiously led through the tangle of events and characters. I immediately recommend this book to my friends who have been obsessed with true crime for decades and who are not easily drawn in because I knew they would find it as grilling as I did.
Ronald Scheese
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific True Crime Novel

Just finished a terrific true crime novel "The Dark Heart" by Joakim Palmkvist. Another Kindle First discovery of mine which I found fascinating.

Set in Sweeden, there was plenty of intrigue: "dark and deranged Romeo and Juliet story about star-crossed lovers in a rural setting. Lovers who murdered the girl’s father. All the money added a bit of extra spice, as those are the kinds of things that naturally stoke curiosity. But how the case was solved—thanks to a private i
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Maureen Dusseault
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first time reading a true crime story set outside the USA. Learning about the judicial system in another country kept my interest when the story lagged occasionally. Greed and a gruesome murder are mixed together to make a very interesting story.
Marc Mielke
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

This was a medium length book that is very good. This murder is weird and the detection of it is brilliant.
Polly Lewis
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to Forget

I felt pulled into this story and found it hard to put down or forget. Everyone in this case is unforgettable - especially the woman who broke the case, Therese Tang. I highly recommend this book to anyone else who is interested in true crime.
Linda Romer
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
The Dark Heart was an okay read for me, meaning it was good but not great. It was slow going with lots of procedural actions the Police and investigators take while investigating a crime scene. The Author is a crime reporter and this story is based on his own research with the majority of the material provided by Theresa Tang who broke the cold case two years after Goran Lundbald went missing.

I give The Dark Heart 3 stars for its crime drama.
I would recommend this book to Fans of Criminal Invest
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Joan Buell
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it in one day!

Let me get this criticism out of the way first: the first chapter is unnecessary, and adds nothing to the book. It is highly emotional and overwrought, and I almost stopped reading right then. I find it so hard to believe that any woman would place herself in such a dangerous situation, especially one who is so savvy about criminal behavior. Had this been fiction, I would have judged it totally implausible. On to the main body of the book. This is definitely hard to put down o
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Peter Baran
So my Read Harder True Crime book and I picked something freeish on Kindle because this is not a genre I have any significant interest in. And this was pretty much what I expected, an arse backward Columbo episode where we are presented with all the reasons why our suspects did it, and then the unlikely but not all that amazing way in which they were caught. Clearly there are flourishes meant to titlate, and it is in the interest of the writer that the victim himself isn't all that loveable, but ...more
Schuyler Wallace
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it


Joakim Palmqvist’s “The Dark Heart” is, as its subtitle indicates, the true story of an unlikely investigator getting involved in greed and murder.

Therese Tang, a Missing People investigator, spends two years attempting to uncover the truth surrounding a millionaire’s murder. She is not a police official with official investigative clout. Her normal role is trying to find missing people. But, in this case, she finds the presence of secrets, lies, and betrayals overwhelming in its urgency and she
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Megan Boyle
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story was well written from beginning to end. I enjoyed reading the intricate details the author provided about the case. Sometimes the story just jump forward but there is an explanation following that guides the reader to that point. This helped me think about what I had just read and piece it together in my mind. Along with learning about this murder, it was nice to follow the person who solved the case and what she has to go through emotionally during and after the case was solved.

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Ren
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5. This was sometimes unputdownable, other times tedious. The investigation itself is interesting enough in the telling although there's little mystery about who did it. What makes this story different is the "private investigator" Therese Tang who gets involved with her branch of a national organization of volunteer searchers for missing people, and eventually ends up eliciting the break in the two-year cold case. The author keeps using that term, "private investigator," and it bothered me, b ...more
Ronnie Cramer
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I can see why this book inspires both love and hate; it IS very interesting and at times it IS very tedious. In keeping with this disjunctive nature, I will say that I enjoyed reading it, but that I won't be recommending it to anyone.

Rbucci
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book read like fiction with the tv detective non fiction format. It was quite riveting. I read a lost of mysteries, and kept treating it as non fiction, then I’d remember it wasn’t, and would be horrified that two people could be so evil.
Pam Lorentz
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Perhaps due to this being translated to English, or possibly just writing style, it wasn’t always the easiest story to follow with regard to characters and sequencing. But that said I enjoyed the story overall.
Judith Golderer
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Didn’t finish - didn’t care for author’s writing style at all.
Carl A. Marine
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decently written

Not a bad book. Had a feeling it would end as it did. If you want a decent crime story, this book will do.
Knight
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not used to reviewing true crime books. You can't comment on the plot, per se. For me the key points were how did the writer assemble the pieces: was it clear, interesting? Yes, it was. Rather a lot of repetition, but that was necessary in telling the story from different points of view. Another point, was the situation interesting? To that a definite yes. I haven't read much about Sweden and found it all fascinating. The life of people on the farms, social ties, the police and judicial syst ...more
Pamela Scott
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I was gripped from the moment I started to read The Dark Heart. I enjoyed this much more than other true crime books I’ve read. At times I almost thought I was reading fiction, a Nordic noir novel packed with suspense because of the way The Dark Heart is structured and the truth is gradually revealed one tiny particle at a time. At first Göran’s disappearance is treated like a standard missing person’s case. However, there are people, his youngest daughter
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RUTH ANN STRASBURGER
Great read

Kept me guessing and interested throughout the book. Unfortunate what greed can do to a family.

I would definitely recommend
Steve Whitworth
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like the true crime genre. The cruelty, greed and hostility of humanity never ceases to amaze me. This book was set in Sweden, which gave it a different twist. Definitely worth reading if you enjoy this genre.
Debbie
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly dark and greedy hearts

Obviously Sara and Martin were the greedy ones, but Göran was also greedy. He cheated Sara out of her inheritance from her grandfather. Had he been willing to let go, he might have lived.

The book's place mirrored the investigation; it slowed to a snail's pace when little was happening. Nearly 85% of the book was written before the body was found. Translation was excellent!
Diane
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Swedish courts have some pretty lenient penalties when it comes to premeditated murder. The victim didn't suffer enough before he died, so those responsible don't get a life sentence? That hardly seems like it should have anything to do with it. Sure hope they have better child protective laws so the kid doesn't have to go back to the custody of his two cold blooded killing parents when they get out of jail.
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