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
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
BONUS MATERIAL: This edition includes an excerpt from Arne
Dahl's "Bad Blood."
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