Friday, July 09, 2010

Upcoming Swedish Crime Fiction

I've begun a new amazon list: Scandinavian Crime Fiction Published in 2011. One of the items on the list is Mysterioso by Arne Dahl, tr. Tiina Nunnally which I was reminded of by a commenter on Petrona. It's not yet got a UK release date but the US release date is 15 February 2011.

The first novel in the gripping Intercrime trilogy.

Following a complicated but successful dismantling of a hostage situation, Detective Paul Hjelm is facing the prospect of a potentially career-ending investigation by Internal Affairs. Instead, he finds himself dropped into a new elite team of officers selected from across the country, whose mission is to find an elusive killer who has been targeting Sweden’s business leaders. The killer’s modus operandi: two distinctive shots straight through the head, bullets carefully pulled from the wall—a nighttime ritual enacted with Thelo­nius Monk’s jazz classic Misterioso playing in the background.

As Hjelm, his young partner Jorge Chavez, and the rest of the team follow one lead after another in a frantic search for the killer—navigating the murky world of the Russian Mafia and the secret societies of Sweden’s wealthiest citizens—they must also face one of Sweden’s most persistent ills: a deep-rooted xeno­phobia that affects both police and perpetrator.

Written with great energy, penetrating candor, and dark wit, and populated with characters whose motivations are as nuanced as they are unexpected, Misterioso is an utterly absorbing novel—an arresting introduction to this acclaimed author.
You can read more about it on Arne Dahl's website.


Anonymous said...

Karen - Sounds like a great read. I have to admit I'm not as up on Scandinavian crime fiction as I wish I were, but this one sounds terrific.

Maxine Clarke said...

thanks for the list, Karen, I'll keep track of that on Amazon. I often use your lists when I am over there (Amazon keeps telling me about them on the basis of the books I look at over there;-) ). This book looks great - but will we have to wait a year between each installment, I wonder?