Misterioso

Misterioso

[a Crime Novel]

Book - 2011
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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 assembled from across the country to find an elusive killer with a sophisticated modus operandi and even more sophisticated tastes. Targeting Sweden's high-profile business leaders, the killer breaks into their homes at night, waits for his victims, places two bullets in their heads with deadly precision, and removes the bullets from the walls-a ritual enacted to a rare bootleg recording of Thelonious Monk's jazz classic Misterioso. As Hjelm, his young, doggedly energetic partner, Jorge Chavez, and the rest of the team follow one lead after another in their pursuit-navigating the murky underworlds of the Russian Mafia and the secretive members-only society of Sweden's wealthiest denizens-they must also delve into one of the country's most persistent ills: a deep-rooted xenophobia that affects both the police and the perpetrator in a small nation that is becoming rapidly internationalized. The first novel in Arne Dahl's gripping Intercrime series-widely considered to be one of Sweden's best-Misterioso is a penetrating, dark, and absorbing introduction to this acclaimed author's world.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780375425356
9780307388032
Branch Call Number: DAHL
Characteristics: 339 p
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina

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DesPlainesReaders Oct 06, 2011

Its snappy plot and Swedish setting will probably earn it a comparison to The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, but Misterioso should really be considered as a continuation of Henning Mankell's Wallander series, as they both center on Swedish police detectives who will pursue justice, even at the cost of their personal lives. Sharp action, likable characters, and a contemplative tone keep this mystery crackling all the way through: if you like headbutts and Oceans 11-type plots, you will love this book! WeareSpartacus/notTom

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