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Kaum ist Paul Hjelm, Inspektor der Stockholmer Polizei, zur Sondereinheit für besonders schwierige Fälle berufen worden, da hat er es schon mit einem kaltblütigen Serienmörder zu tun: drei unbescholtene Geschäftsleute – hingerichtet mit Kopfschüssen aus nächster Nähe, nach einem präzisen Ritual. Eine erste Spur, die zu einer Geheimloge führt, erweist sich als Sackgasse. IsKaum ist Paul Hjelm, Inspektor der Stockholmer Polizei, zur Sondereinheit für besonders schwierige Fälle berufen worden, da hat er es schon mit einem kaltblütigen Serienmörder zu tun: drei unbescholtene Geschäftsleute – hingerichtet mit Kopfschüssen aus nächster Nähe, nach einem präzisen Ritual. Eine erste Spur, die zu einer Geheimloge führt, erweist sich als Sackgasse. Ist womöglich die russische Mafia in die Morde verwickelt? Doch dann die heiße Spur: ein Jazzstück mit dem bezeichnenden Titel »Misterioso« …...

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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Misterioso Reviews

  • Bonnie Brody
    2018-12-15 01:26

    Misterioso by Arne Dahl is a unique and wonderful book. It is part mystery, part police procedural, part existential philosophy and part comedy. There is something so distinctive about this book that it resists categorization. On the surface, it is a mystery but so much of the novel lies below the surface, getting into the characters' minds and thoughts as they live their lives and work at trying to catch a serial killer.The title of the book comes from a piece of music composed by Thelonius Monk, a famous American jazz pianist and composer, now deceased. There is a serial killer on the loose in Sweden who is killing very rich and powerful men. The killer waits for his prey in the victim's living room listening to Monk's Misterioso on the stereo and when the victim arrives he is shot in the head two times. The killer views the music as "a pantomime, a peculiar dance of death." The Swedish police put together what they call an A-Team to find this killer.Paul Hjelm is one of those chosen for this select group. It is ironic for him as on the afternoon he was picked, he expected to be fired. He was with his colleagues that morning and there was a hostage situation in a building near police headquarters. An Estonian immigrant, here illegally, was holding a group of people in the immigration office hostage. Paul decides to take matters into his own hands and he goes into the office and shoots the man holding others hostage. Paul feels very badly about doing this and expects Internal Affairs to fire him for his impulsive action. He acted on his own without waiting for back-up. Instead of being fired, he becomes a national hero.The group gathered to form the A-Team is very original. There is a singer - a man who used to be Mr. Sweden when he took steroids; there is a Chilean who is called black-head because he is not blonde like most Swedes; there is a woman who also sings and likes to masturbate in her office; there is a Finn who has a secrets from his past life prior to coming to Sweden; there is a pedantic idealist who loves to give his political views. The reader sees how the team interacts and gets to know one another. Hultin, the team leader, always enters the room through a mysterious door that no one knows about. Where it comes from and where it leads to is a mystery.As the team works together, there are four victims dead. The A-Team checks out all kinds of leads including the Russian and Estonian mafia, the victims' businesses and personal lives, and they find out a lot of information. One of the victims is a pedophile, together the three of them tried to rape a woman who later committed suicide, and some of their businesses are involved in mafia corruption. "An amphetamine-babbling proprietor of a video store with private viewing booths in Norrmalm had cheerfully offered them some child porn films with Russian subtitles, even though they had shown him their police ID. He was arrested."Paul is in the midst of a marital crisis, an existential aloneness where he and his wife of many years, Cilla, can no longer communicate and find themselves totally separate. Paul has this "dreadful, unbearable feeling that we can never really reach anyone else. Never ever, not even those closest to us. The horrifying sensation of absolute existential aloneness. And now he saw this same emotion in Cilla's eyes."We learn about the Palme murder that is a huge deal in Sweden. It is mentioned several times in this novel. Olof Palme, the Prime Minister of Sweden, was assassinated in 1986 and the murderer was never found. The A-Group does not want to be seen as ineffective like the investigation of the Palme murder turned out to be. It is very much in the back of their minds as they search for the serial killer. When they do not have luck finding the murderer after a month "either they were doing something fundamentally wrong, or else they were dealing with another Palme murder."We also learn about the prevalence of xenophobia in Sweden. The term black-head refers to anyone who doesn't have blond hair as do most of the Swedes. There is a great deal of prejudice against immigrants and looking like a Swede is considered very important."The more they got to know each other, the harder it becames to understand each other. As always." This background of existential ennui reminded me of Sartre and Camus, especially Sartre's book Nausea. Paul becomes obsessed with a mark on his cheek, most likely a common pimple. However, he worries it's melanoma and the mark takes on different shapes depending on his mood and the different crises he is facing.Much of the dialog is tongue in cheek and I found myself laughing at the oddest moments. Tiina Nunnally did a wonderful job of translation and the book flows throughout. There is not a dull moment. It seems like the Scandinavians are having a true renaissance in crime writing and Arne Dahl is right at the top.

  • batsaki
    2018-12-09 21:42

    Το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς έχει αρκετά καλή υπόθεση όμως δεν με ενθουσίασε και τόσο. Έχοντας διαβάσει πρώτα το 4ο βιβλίο -το οποίο βρήκα περισσότερο ενδιαφέρον- λέω σίγουρα πως θα διαβάσω και τα υπόλοιπα. Δεν είναι τόσο ο γρίφος του βιβλίου για τον δολοφόνο, όσο το πως κινούνται οι πρωταγωνιστές γύρω από τα στοιχεία που παρουσιάζονται.Αυτό το βιβλίο κυρίως εστιάζεται στον Πολ Γελμ -μαθαίνουμε όμως ταυτόχρονα και για άλλα μέλη της ομάδας- τον οποίο τον βρίσκω εκνευριστικό. Ψέματα, δεν είναι εκνευριστικός ούτε τον αντιπαθώ, δεν μπορώ να τον καταλάβω απλώς. μεσήλικας που βαριέται στον γάμο του; που καταλαβαίνει τον ψυχισμό ενός δολοφόνου αλλά δεν κάνει την παραμικρή προσπάθεια να καταλάβει την γυναίκα του; κάνει δεσμό -χωρίς να το καταλάβει!- με τη συνάδελφό του. Δεν ξέρω! Δεν τον καταλαβαίνω ειλικρινά, δεν βρίσκω το παραμικρό ενδιαφέρον για τον τύπο! Αντιθέτως θέλω να γνωρίσω περισσότερα κάποια άλλα μέλη της ομάδας.Η υπόθεση δεν είναι γρήγορη και κάπου λίγο στο μισό το βιβλίο κάνει κοιλιά αλλά δεν χάνει κανείς εύκολα το ενδιαφέρον του. Στο βιβλίο ξεχειλίζουν ήχοι από τζαζ μουσική και αυτή είναι η ευχάριστη νότα του!Νομίζω είναι αρκετά μέτριο προς το καλό.

  • Emily
    2018-12-08 23:38

    Πρόκειται για το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς που ουσιαστικά συστήνει την Ομάδα Α στους αναγνώστες.Επίλεκτη ομάδα αστυνομικών, με τα προβλήματα της, συνολικά και ατομικά, που όμως κατορθώνει να δουλεύει με σύμπνοια και αλληλοεπικάλυψη. Τα έφερε έτσι η τύχη να το διαβάσω τέταρτο στη σειρά. Τα κακά του ανακατεμένου διαβάσματος αλλά, κρίνοντας εκ των υστέρων, δεν έχασα και κάτι ιδιαίτερο. Κατώτερο του "Μπλουζ της Ευρώπης" (#4) και του "Μίσος και Αίμα" (#3) αλλά καλύτερο από το "Κινέζικοι Ψίθυροι"(Opcop #1).Η πλοκή είναι σύνθετη, όπως και σε όλα τα βιβλία του συγγραφέα. Ξεκινάς από κάπου και στο τέλος έχοντας διανύσει ηπείρους εξελίξεων, καταλήγεις στο απάνεμο λιμανάκι του τέλους. Για να περιγράψεις το ταξίδι σου χρειάζεται να κρατάς σημειώσεις. Κλείνοντας το βιβλίο, μπορεί και να μη θυμάσαι λεπτομέρειες ή και το σύνολο της πλοκής. Αλλά σου έμεινε το ωραίο ταξίδι!Ο αναγνώστης που θα ξεκινήσει από αυτό το πρώτο βιβλίο, θα πρέπει να ξέρει εκ των προτέρων ότι θα δυσκολευτεί με τα σουηδικά ονόματα. Συνεχίζοντας με τα υπόλοιπα βιβλία της σειράς, θα φανεί χρήσιμος ένας μικρός κατάλογος με τα ονόματα της Ομάδας, μια που χρησιμοποιούνται εναλλάξ μικρά και μεγάλα, δημιουργώντας μερικές φορές ένα τόσο δα κομφουζιάκι.Το καλύτερο με τα βιβλία του Dahl είναι τα κοινωνικά του σχόλια, στο σύνολο τους απαισιόδοξα. Και να σκεφτείς ότι ζει και γράφει, σε μια, αν όχι ιδανική, ζηλευτή κοινωνία. Σε ένα σημείο του βιβλίου του, θα μπορούσε να περάσει για Έλληνας συγγραφέας των πρόσφατων ετών της κρίσης :" Ο υπόκοσμος με την κλασσική έννοια του όρου είχε αρχίσει να αποτελεί ξεπερασμένη υπόθεση. Η μεγάλη βία ασκούνταν από άλλες ομάδες, πάνω απ΄όλα στους κόλπους της οικογένειας, στην πραγματική εστία βίας της κοινωνίας, η οποία αποτελούσε και τον αέναο παραλήπτη των απογοητεύσεων της ενήλικης ζωής. Οι κλοπές γίνονταν αποκλειστικά από ναρκομανείς και οι ληστείες από παράξενες παραστρατιωτικές οργανώσεις που έφεραν συχνά και τη σφραγίδα του ρατσιστή, προκειμένου να χρηματοδοτούν τη δική τους δραστηριότητα, ενώ οι απάτες αποτελούσαν πλέον κλάδο του τομέα υπηρεσιών όπως και κάθε άλλου κλάδου γενικότερα. Η απόγνωση και η απογοήτευση ευημερούσαν όσο ποτέ άλλοτε, σε μια κοινωνία όπου ορδές νέων είχαν εξοβελιστεί από την αγορά εργασίας, δίχως καν να τους επιτραπεί να πάρουν έστω και μυρωδιά από το τί εστί εργασία."Πολύ καλή η επιμέλεια (αν και δεν υπήρχε ανάλογη μνεία) και η μετάφραση του Γρηγόρη Κονδύλη.

  • Katy
    2018-12-18 20:42

    Please Note: I read and reviewed this book in May, 2011 from a copy I received from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. Just adding formatting and that disclosure. All opinions are my own.About the Book: Misterioso is the first in the A-Group series from Arne Dahl, a published author in his native Sweden. You can tell he is an experienced writer by how smoothly this story runs, and by how it sucks you in and keeps you in. Originally published in 1999 in Sweden, it has now been released in the U.S. My Synopsis: Paul Hjelm arrived on the scene of a hostage situation - an ethnic Kosovor Albanian who, with his family, had been in Sweden a long time, but now due to a legislative ruling he was due to be exported back to Albanian. Hjelm, wanting to make sure the hostage taker would not be killed, rushed in and talked his way into the office, then shot the Kosovor in the arm to cause him to drop the shotgun he was holding. Hjelm was in the process of being investigated by Internal Affairs and certain that he was going to be fired when, instead, he is brought into a new, elite team of detectives whose sole duty would be to track the worst murderers and serial killers across Sweden, starting with one who is targeting businessmen across Sweden. My Thoughts: One of the best things about this novel is the extreme care taken to give each of the characters a strong background and various motivations. While they occasionally clash, especially in the early days, the team soon becomes cohesive and close-knit. There are some truly funny moments in this book, too, which I always enjoy. This is a fast-paced book, with lots of twists and turns and the killer is kept mysterious until well toward the end. This is definitely a book that any lovers of thrillers, mystery and suspense will enjoy - don't miss it!

  • Paul Secor
    2018-12-19 19:24

    Too many characters and a plot with too many convolutions. Jazz fans may have an interest in reading this because Thelonious Monk's 1958 Five Spot recording of "Misterioso" (with a bootlegged addition) plays a part in the book. I have the feeling that Arne Dahl is a jazz fan who used his musical interests as a part of the novel, though I could be way off base about that. It did seem a bit far fetched to me that two police officers would have the same interest, but perhaps I just don't know enough police officers - and no Scandinavian police officers.

  • Ettore1207
    2018-11-22 20:39

    Sarà forse colpa mia, ma questo libro per me è illeggibile. L'ho abbandonato a pagina 100. La vicenda è assurdamente complicata. Quello che mi ha più disturbato è il numero di personaggi che entrano nella storia, presentati ciascuno con nome e cognome. Fino a pagina 100 ne ho contati 63, con alcune omonime e molti nomi fra loro simili e difficili da ricordare. Alla lista dei nomi dei personaggi va sommata la dovizia dei nomi di strade, piazze, svincoli, incroci ecc., dato che spesso gli spostamenti vengono descritti con dettagli da TomTom. Aggiungiamo anche società che si intersecano in un giochi scatole cinesi. Insomma, un guazzabuglio. Inoltre: personaggi infantili e mal delineati, velleità di inserire un tema sociale.

  • Nancy Oakes
    2018-12-10 00:25

    Between a 3.5 and a 3.75, rounded up.Misterioso is very different from normal Scandinavian crime fare, but still good. I liked it, with a couple of reservations (see below).Misterioso is another fine example of Scandinavian crime fiction, this time more of a police procedural with a few twists and turns along the way. There is definitely no measure of cutesiness to be found in this book -- it's police work through and through, and some of the scenes are a bit violent. At the end of the book, there's a page that says that Misterioso is the first book in the Intercrime trilogy, but looking at Wikipedia, I see that there are actually eleven novels in this series, one prior to this one.The main focus of this novel is a group called (for lack of a better term) the "A-Unit," which is "top, top secret," answering only to the National Criminal Police (NCP). Each member of the A-Unit is "in a position of higher authority" than those who come to his or her assistance, be it the Stockholm Police or the NCP itself. The unit was formed largely because of the frustration over the failed attempts to solve the real-life case of the murder of Olof Palme after years of investigations that got nowhere for a number of different reasons. The A-Unit is desperately needed at the moment: a serial killer is out there committing a series of crimes labeled by the press as "The Power Murders," so named because he or she is targeting some of Sweden's high-powered business leaders. This is a top-priority case. The killer leaves very little behind: two bullets, removed from the wall after the deed is done. Then he sits back on the sofa and listens to the Theolonius Monk song "Misterioso" on tape. The A-Unit must stop the killer before he can strike again, a task easier said than done, because of the number of investigative paths the Unit is following. The main character of the novel is Paul Hjelm, whose career is about to be trashed after he intervenes in a hostage situation. A Kosovar Albanian man is holed up at the Immigration office, angry because after he and his family waited for years for their citizenship, he recently found out he was being deported and snapped. Although Hjelm is hailed by the press as a hero, his department wonders if he's got a racist, anti-immigrant bent, which in Sweden's current political climate, would look bad for the police department. As Hjelm waits for the curtain to come down on his career as he is made an example of, he is snatched up by the NCP and dropped into the A-Unit, where he works with some of the best crime-fighting minds in the country.Misterioso is well-written, the characters are interesting with varied personalities, especially the crew of the A-Unit: they're all flawed in some way, as humans normally are and they have egos and differences that must be put aside to work together. They learn from each other as well, especially Hjelm, who for example, by dint of having to share an office with the only "blackhead," Jorge Chavez, he comes to realize that perhaps he's not as racially unbiased as he believes. And then there's Söderstedt, whose reports sometimes diverge into tangential revelations about the economic or political woes of the country á la Sjowall and Wahloo. Sometimes the group members use less than savory methods to get what they want from suspects or from people they're interviewing -- the special weapon of the Unit's leader is a killer head butt -- and the members of the group often take advantage of their status as being higher in authority than everyone to get what they want. I don't know if I agree with that, but then again, the author could have made the Unit do worse things than they did to produce results. And it's probably a realistic scenario.I liked Misterioso, and would definitely recommend it, not just to fans of Scandinavian crime fiction, but to anyone who likes police procedurals. If you're looking for a suspense-filled, action-packed adventure, well, there is some of that in places, but largely it's a lot of tedious police work: stakeouts, going through records, following up leads, talking to witnesses etc -- all quite well portrayed by the author. I had just one small niggle here: I like the team approach, but with so many characters it's hard to really engage with more than just a few of them. Not that this is a deal breaker, but outside of the main characters, you get a few snippets here and there that don't really give the reader more than a bare-bones outline of who these people really are. And finally, not a complaint, but if you're a bit prudish you might want to gloss over some of the racy bits, although they're not prolonged to any great length, which is always a definite plus, as I hate sex as filler or something unnecessary that needs to be in the book to sell it.Overall, with the abundance of red herrings, the story hooks you, then lets you run and play with the bait for awhile before reeling you in at the finish. Misterioso definitely held my interest, tempting me to stay up all night and finish it, and I'll be eagerly awaiting Dahl's next novel.

  • Chrissa Vasileiou
    2018-12-02 18:21

    Το πρώτο βιβλίο του Arne Dahl με ήρωες τα μέλη της Ομάδας Α αποτελεί ένα πολλά υποσχόμενο ξεκίνημα μιας σειράς βιβλίων,που πλέον έχει φτάσει να αριθμεί 11 τίτλους. Η δολοφονία ισχυρών προσώπων του επιχειρηματικού κόσμου στην Σουηδία είναι η αφορμή για να δημιουργηθεί αυτή η ιδιαίτερη ομάδα,που αποτελείται από 6 μέλη κι έναν υπεύθυνο οργάνωσης και συντονισμού τους. Στο πρώτο βιβλίο ο χαρακτήρας με τον οποίο ασχολείται περισσότερο ο συγγραφέας είναι ο Πολ Γελμ,αν και σταδιακά μας συστήνει και εκείνους των υπολοίπων μελών της ομάδας. Ο καθένας τους έχει το δικό του ιδιαίτερο τρόπο σκέψης και συμπεριφοράς, που είναι πολλές φορές εκ διαμέτρου αντίθετος από αυτόν των άλλων, αλλά αυτό είναι που κάνει το βιβλίο ακόμα πιο ενδιαφέρον. Το να βλέπεις πώς αυτοί οι 6 άνθρωποι, που ο καθένας έχει διαφορετικό παρελθόν, ιδέες και νοοτροπίες, αναγκάζονται να συνυπάρξουν και να συνεργαστούν προκειμένου να λύσουν την υπόθεση και να προλάβουν το επόμενο έγκλημα. Στο "Misterioso" επίσης τοποθετούνται οι βάσεις που αφορούν τους ήρωες και που οπωσδήποτε θα αναπτυχθούν στα επόμενα βιβλία. Όταν η υπόθεση λύνεται επιτέλους, η τύχη της ομάδας είναι αμφίβολη. Ο αναγνώστης όμως ξέρει πως τελικά θα διατηρηθεί ως έχει και πως έχει πολύ δρόμο ακόμα μπροστά της, αρκετά εγκλήματα ακόμα να λύσει και πολλά να προσφέρει στο αναγνωστικό κοινό. Όπως και τα μέλη της έχουν πολλά ακόμα να αποκαλύψουν για τους εαυτούς τους,το παρελθόν,τις επιθυμίες και τη ζωή τους και πολλά ακόμα να μοιραστούν μαζί μας παρακάτω,στα επόμενα βιβλία. Γνωρίζω πως υπάρχουν αναγνώστες που προτιμούν να διαβάζουν βιβλία με έναν μόνο κεντρικό ήρωα,γιατί δεν τους αρέσει ή μπερδεύονται από την "πολυφωνία" μιας ομάδας ηρώων. Προσωπικά δεν έχω κολλήματα,αρκεί το βιβλίο να είναι καλογραμμένο. Και το "Misterioso", χωρίς να είναι ΤΟ αστυνομικό της δεκαετίας,οπωσδήποτε είναι και καλογραμμένο και αρκετά ενδιαφέρον. Μου είναι υπεραρκετό.

  • Maria João Fernandes
    2018-11-20 01:13

    "Cada pessoa é um mundo."Paul Hjelm, um detective de Estocolmo, vê-se envolvido numa situação com reféns que se torna mediática. Por momentos, o seu emprego fica em risco, mas Hjelm acaba por ser convidado a juntar-se a uma equipa especial de polícias, denominada "Grupo A". Os elementos do grupo A foram escolhidos a dedo e, na primeira reunião, ficamos a conhecê-los e ao que os trouxe até à nova brigada. O que os une é um assassino em série.A investigação não nos poupa a nenhum dos procedimentos policiais: rusgas, interrogatórios, análise dos contextos social, familiar, amoroso, financeiro e profissional das vítimas, reuniões e exposição das conclusões. A equipa segue várias pistas, numa busca desesperada, desde clubes de golfe à máfia e clubes privados só frequentados pela alta sociedade.Arne Dahl foca-se na investigação e constrói uma linha narrativa minuciosa sem descurar a vida pessoal de Hjelm e algumas informações pertinentes sobre os seus colegas de equipa, conjugando situações de tensão com situações de humor. E, por detrás, desta história, devo dizer que a origem do título é muito curiosa.Confesso que tantos nomes suecos me causaram alguma confusão, inicialmente, mas nada que não se tenha resolvido facilmente com mais tempo de leitura. Apesar de, hoje em dia, as séries não me cativarem muito, esta é uma das que vou seguir.

  • Icewineanne
    2018-12-17 23:22

    This is a police proceedural crime novel. The story is about a special team that is assembled to find out who is killing prominent businessmen in Sweden. I enjoyed the beginning & ending of the story, but found the middle just too dry. The crime team spent quite a bit of time examining each of victims' connections to each other through their corporations, subsidiaries & holding companies, along with the boards they sat on, and on their potential connections to the Russian &Estonian mafia.The numerous characters, corporations & how they they were all connected was a little confusing. I stopped reading for a couple of days because I just found the going too slow at the half way point. Although the story dragged at this point, there was some humour sprinkled throughout which encouraged me to finish the book. Not sure if I'll read any more of this series but I will look for the dvd of the tv series :-)

  • Ellie
    2018-11-24 23:15

    Misterioso. by Arne Dahl is the first in a Swedish series called "The A-Team." Despite this (to me) somewhat unfortunate name, the book is interesting and suspenseful. I found, however, the first part of the book which follows the hero, Peter Hjelm, who rockets to hero when resolving a hostage drama to villain (the hostage-taker was an immigrant which leads to charges of prejudice on the part of Hjelm) back to hero as he is hand-picked to be a part of a team formed to track down a serial killer targeting some of Sweden's most powerful businessman. After each murder, the killer sits and listens to Thelonius Monk's famous recording of the tune "Misterioso." This set-up is probably the most interesting aspect of the book. I also liked the hero Hjelm and his relationships with colleagues and family.Much of the hunt itself is predictable but well-written. There is a political content throughout the novel, depicting Sweden's movement from boom to bust economy. Some of the ideology is expressed by the team's most overtly political member but much is more obliquely expressed through the events of the book.Despite it's sometimes predictable prose and plot, I enjoyed the story which is a smooth and suspenseful read. I recommend it to fans of Scandinavian mysteries and police procedurals.Favorite quote (about work relationships, and perhaps relationships more generally): "The more they got to know each other, the harder it became to understand each other."

  • Cathy DuPont
    2018-12-02 20:19

    No...I'm not turning into a Scandinavian groupie but it's sure looking like it. I read "Bad Blood" which was excellent giving it five stars and this one was great as well. However, as seen by the four stars, didn't blow me out of the water like "Bad Blood." If you haven't put your toe into this genre of writing, it might be time.

  • Bruce Hatton
    2018-11-26 20:34

    A gripping and occasionally hilarious thriller about a disparate group of dedicated but eccentric police officers and their attempts to catch a bizarre serial killer. Nordic Noir with a distinct twist of black humour.

  • Ежко Таралежко
    2018-12-20 02:27

    Дами и господа, моля запознайте се с най-слабата книга, която някога съм чел. Безумно безумна, а аз глупости съм чел много - Сиромахов, Куелю, "Кралят в жълто", Нюансите сиво...Но това определено е първият том, който ще накъсам на малки парченца за тоалетната на Гад (котарака ми).А преди да обърнем внимание на голямото лайно (самият роман) нека обърнем внимание на по-малкото, а именно - самото изпълнение.Издадената от никому неизвестното издателство Enthusiast (отговорни и за комунистическия секс на Фучеджиева, и други такива изцепки) книга е отпечатана на изключително нискокачествена хартия, прелива от правописни и пунктоационни грешки, а някой от бележките под линия ме карат да плача за общата култура на така наречените преводач и редактор. Тъй де - Носферату - зъл дух от легендите. Please?По неизвестна за мен причина, заглавието е с малка буква.мистериозо. Изданията на други езици не са с малка буква. Това е, може би, защото на корицата не е останало много място от огромния надпис "Криминале номер едно на годината!". Проверих много старателно в интернет, книгата никога не е била номер едно по нищо, никъде, а бидейки издадена в оригинал през вече далечната 1999-та, не знам и за коя година говорим...Толкова за малкото ако (изпълнението), да преминем към главното лайно в кенефа тази вечер, а именно - романа!По-наивна, скучна, лишена от действие, преизпълнена с клишета и лишена от смисъл кримка дори аз не бих могъл да напиша. Героите са скучни, антипатични и взаимнозаменими. Обстановката е, ами, нещата се случват някъде(в Швеция) без това да има каквото и да е влияние над фабулата.Езикът е беден, груб, дори най-възвишените умствени диарии на автора звучат като нещо измучано от кроманьонец на име Гог (това може и да се дължи на слаб превод от шведски де, нямам представа). Като говорим за умствени диарии, набедения за писател викинг се опитва да хитрее и да развива психологически и икономически теории със същия успех, с който аз се опитвам да пея на караоке - нормалните и трезви хора в заведението бягат, като се случи.Малък плюс е, че историята е толкова заплетена, та наистина остава загадка до края - но вече ти е толкова писнало от скука, та не ти пука.Като бонус, който почти ме накара да изпитам симпатия към книгата (по начина по който изпитвам симпатии към деца със забавено умствено развитие) е следната сценка:Говорим си, нали, за спец отряд в Шведската полиция, сформиран от бест ъф дъ бест ченгета, с високи правомощия и голям бюджет.Но някак си, за да разберат че дадена водка, продавана като "Абсолют" е всъщност - естонско менте (много е важно за историята това!) те се налага да накарат срещнат в парка алкохолик да я тества на вкус - те ти съвременна полицейщина, Пенке ле!Въпреки че в книгата има 4-ри убийства и споменаване на педофилски актове, цената и от 15 лева е най-непростимото престъпление.Това е.НЕ СИ КУПУВАЙТЕ ТАЗИ КНИГА!УДУШЕТЕ С ЧЕРВАТА МУ ТОЗИ, КОЙТО ВИ Я ПРЕПОРЪЧА.*краен съм, книгата има два плюса :1/Един от супер полицаите, чилиец (в Швеция) влиза в гръцки ресторант и яде мусака. Мусаката е хубаво нещо.2/Книгата ми я подариха. Така Гад се сдобива с безплатна тоалетна.Ебаси началото на читателската ми 2015-та година.Отивам да драйфам и да поема доза руска фантастика за пречистване.

  • Julian King
    2018-12-10 18:28

    I've just finished this, and I have to admit I'm quite breathless: the momentum in the last quarter is genuinely exhilarating!I daresay this will make an excellent TV series (on BBC4, from Spring 2013), primarily due to its references to fashionable concerns like the banking crisis, thrilling action sequences, the absence of overly repulsive violence, the presence of (more or less) tasteful sex etc. Also, the extremely sketchily drawn characters (or should I say symbolic ciphers?) can perhaps be more clearly delineated on TV.Presumably in the interests of realism, the characters are forced for long periods to follow what to the reader are obviously false leads. This can get pretty tedious. And, despite its pretensions, I found the novel shallow: references to existential angst and so on are just that, references, failing to convince and seeming simply to have been bolted on almost at random.Although the text reads fluently, much mention of what, to this reader, is apparently inane laughter perhaps suggests a sense of humour which has been lost in translation.A fellow reviewer here is aghast that this been compared to Henning Mankell's Wallander novels, but I think the two series share much in common, namely that in spite of the thrills and spills effectively delivered, both ultimately add up to less than the sum of their parts: I've never understood what all the Wallander fuss was about, and this leaves me with the same sense that maybe I'm missing something?

  • Nick Davies
    2018-12-16 19:32

    Another Nordic crime author given a go to impress me, but another disappointment. Some of this was due to the author's/translator's (and my) inability to delineate various names of characters and places, with the consequence that I lost track of who was Hjelde, who was Hedeberg, who was Hanssen, and whether they had spoken to Henriksson or Holmgren in Halmstad, Helsingborg or Huskvana? A larger part was due to this rendering a complicated storyline (businessmen are being shot by a jazz-loving murderer with possible links to the Russian mafia) even more unfollowable - though it seems that solving the crime relied only on a series of ridiculously contrived coincidences and some 'Scooby doo' moments. Atop of all this, the writing had little to elevate it above others in the genre, and the sex-scenes were bizarre and felt 'shoe-horned in' to try and give the detectives within the story some kind of human side?

  • Florence Wetzel
    2018-12-14 19:41

    A great thriller that manages to interweave Thelonious Monk!

  • Elaine Tomasso
    2018-12-16 02:13

    I found this book to be quite long and complicated (much like a real serial killer investigation I would imagine) so it was easy to lose the thread when I put the book down, although I found it interesting. I thought the plot was clever and intricate with realistic meanderings after false clues and down blind alleys, but, as I've said, it could get confusing. I also liked the idea behind the A-Team - bring in top outsiders, unemcumbered by current HQ politics and with no allegiances to maintain - as it gave the author the chance to develop a few good characters without it seeming contrived. I didn't like the translation which I found clunky and rather unwieldy (who actually, outwith a beauty advert, uses the word blemish to describe a mark on their face?). Would I read another in the series? Definitely not now but maybe in future if I was stuck for something to read.

  • Barbara Talbott
    2018-11-22 20:36

    An exciting mystery pitting a serial murderer against a special police division called the A Unit. The murderer is killing high-profile business leaders, while listening to a recording of Thelonious Monk's jazz classic "Misterioso". The only problem I had was keeping the names straight, especially since they were Swedish names. Still a gripping book.

  • Pili
    2018-12-16 01:14

    I liked it a lot but none of the members of the A-Unit made a strong impression on me. Maybe in the following books it will get easier to engage with them and not just the case.

  • Tony
    2018-12-07 23:33

    There's always been a steady stream of quality Swedish crime fiction in English translation, dating back to the Martin Beck series of the mid-1960s to mid-1970s through the Wallander series of the 1990s and newer writers like Helen Tursten's D.I. Huss series. However, the blockbuster success of the Steig Larsson trilogy turned that steady stream into a gushing torrent of books seeking to be the next Swedish hit. Unfortunately, this book (the first of a trilogy) is just not that good.It opens with a cliche hostage situation in which the protagonist cop uses his gun in a manner that violates procedure, leading to his suspension. Quicker than you can yell "maverick cop!", he's recruited to head a special unit investigating the murders of some Swedish businessmen. Compounding the cliches, he's moody, has a rocky family life, and the team is a rogue's gallery of cop types. Oh, and of course there's a jazz connection -- every cop novel now has to have a jazz connection. The investigation is kind of plodding and poorly paced, and since the book was written in the late 1990s, the Russian mob naturally features as a plot element. And of course, as the cops peer under the hood of the Swedish elite, they find nastiness, corruption, etc... In other words -- more cliches. To be fair, the book isn't terrible -- the supporting cast of cops in the special unit have bit more color to them (actually, it's probably not a good thing when you want to spend more time with the sidekicks than the hero...), but it's pretty workmanlike. I can't really imagine recommending it to anyone when there are so many better series out there to try.

  • Raven
    2018-11-20 18:29

    This almost escaped my Scandinavian crime radar but I’m jolly glad it didn’t as I thoroughly enjoyed this taut and well-written thriller. This is the first of Dahl’s Intercrime series to hit British shelves (previously published as ‘Misterioso’ in reference to the killer’s particular use of background music) with the follow-up ‘Bad Blood’ due for release next year. Billed as Henning Mankell meets ‘The Wire’, an elite group of detectives strive to uncover the identity of a killer unceremoniously bumping off some of Sweden’s most influential business figures. Although ostensibly a perfectly sound police procedural, the gathering of this small band of detectives who comprise the wonderfully bland sounding A-Unit, really brings the plot together as they provide a picture perfect microcosm of race, gender, differing social backgrounds and in some cases dysfunctional personalities. This gives Dahl a free hand to play around with how these characters interact and work together as they track the killer and how their differing personalities result in moments of extreme wit (particularly in the mocking of other Scandinavian cultures) or dark pathos as some members of the team seem to have their fingers permanently on a self-destruct button. The plot is convoluted but well-structured to provide enough blind alleys to satisfy most crime readers and as normal (within the Scandinavian crime genre) there is ample opportunity for Dahl to bring in the usual socio-political perspective on Swedish society. An enjoyable debut from Dahl and definitely a series to warrant further investigation...

  • D.G.
    2018-12-12 02:34

    Really disgusting scene in the first chapter (not gruesome just gross) that had nothing to do with any investigation: (view spoiler)[The detective wakes up with a morning erection and tries to get some from his wife but she fakes being sleep and moves away from him. He gets closer and she continues moving but then falls from the bed. Then she puts her hand inside her underwear and brings up a pad full of blood. At the same time their son shows up in the bedroom (I guess they sleep with the bedroom door open?) and watches the whole tableau with horrified eyes. (hide spoiler)] I mean really...was there any need for that? I feel it was there for shock's sake. It seems to me that these Nordic writers feel compelled to prove to the world that they can be nasty too.

  • Ed
    2018-11-21 20:27

    Nordic police detectives portrayed in crime fiction set in Scandinavia are a dour and conflicted bunch of people. Paul Hjelm in Arne Dahl's "Misterioso" is no different from the rest. He and his wife are like strangers occupying the same house and his teenage children seem more remote and alienated every day. Good thing there is a maniac killing the capitalist elite of Sweden, following a timetable that only he knows and doing his killing to the strains of a jazz classic by Thelonius Monk. He is part of a newly formed squad made up of a not untypical group of crime fiction cliches. A promising start to yet another Swedish detective series although it is the first to be translated from English.

  • John
    2018-11-19 18:15

    This book came to me highly recommended, so I was surprised by how underwhelmed I was. It has some good points and some vivid images, not least the one set up in the first few pages -- and the book's premise is excellent -- but I found the writing for the most part unbearably cumbrous (and sometimes worse than that), the plotting sloppy, the pacing sloppier, the characterization infantile (and, oh God, spare me the bloody awful sex bits, one of which was so richly implausible that it had me pummeling my eyeballs in incredulity that I'd just read what I'd just read), and so on.And yet, oddly enough, I'm keen to see the TV movie/miniseries. I think that may be indicative of the problem I had with the book: here's a potentially great movie done as a book instead, and done rather badly.

  • Anabelee
    2018-12-18 02:16

    Al ritmo del tema que da título a la novela (Misterioso, de Thelonius Monk), el autor nos introduce en la novela a través de los ojos de sus dos principales protagonistas: por una parte el asesino, y por otra el policía. La forma en que se tratan a los dos personajes nos sugiere interesantes paralelismos entre ambos, que se hacen más evidentes a lo largo de la novela.La novela se lee fácilmente, es amena, aunque posee demasiados personajes, que pueden confundir a más de un lector al principio; y hacia la mitad de la historia se pierde interés, la investigación se alarga y quizá para hacernos sentir el tedio de los propios policías, el ritmo decae hasta que, de nuevo, se retoma para arrastrarnos al desenlace.

  • Toni
    2018-12-19 00:40

    Скучна. Привлече ме идеята, че убиецът слуша джаз парче по време на всяко едно от убийствата, но се оказа далеч по-безинтересна отколкото очаквах. Елементите от личния живот на Йелм не ми бяха по сърце; беше ми трудно да следя какво е развитието на самата мистерия при положение, че през по-голямата част от повествованието се разпределяха задачи между членовете на Отряд-А. На моменти стилът ми се стори малко тежък и помпозен, което може би произлиза от факта, че е първа книга от поредица, но не мисля да чета следващите. Не препоръчвам, особено, ако искате да прочетете нещо, което да ви държи в напрежение.

  • Tvtowerbaby
    2018-12-19 18:37

    I spent the whole book thinking I wasn't quite getting the plot, which dispatched with any suspense which might otherwise have built. It's also a very masculine novel, perhaps that's deliberate, perhaps it's the translation. And too many cliches. It was recommended by a friend and I wanted to love it but... Anyway, I'm going to try the next one in the intercrime thriller series and try to concentrate a bit harder on the plot.

  • Lukasz Pruski
    2018-12-05 01:18

    Good read! 4.5 stars in my book. Reminded me of Sjowall/Wahloo series from the Seventies, with their relentless critique of capitalism *and* socialism. A very good police procedural.

  • Nadine Vansant
    2018-12-10 23:24

    Hooked from the first pageNo trailer and no spoilers, if you like good crimis or police stories, intrigues and murder. So you you have to read it for yourself .... Enjoy!