• by Arne Dahl, Tiina Nunnally (translator)
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

“This is, without a doubt, one of the best Swedish crime novels of the year; well-written... and a chilling blow to the ways of contemporary society.” (Götesborgs-Posten, Sweden)
“A masterly crime novel.” (Kristelig Dagblad, Denmark)
“It seems as though Sweden has once again produced a brilliant and socially engaged crime novelist.” (Fyens Stiftstidende, Denmark)


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Just Plain Ugly

This thing is just plain ugly. I know that human beings are often hypocritical, maybe even more often than not, but I really, really hope that the Swedish police are not the unethical thugs that some of them are portrayed in Misterioso. I hope that they are, instead, much closer to the portrayal by Henning Mankel in the Kurt Wallander series. There are several bloopers that indicate sloppy editing, but that's not the reason I'll never purchase another book by Arne Dahl, who is oddly preachy on a variety of controversial political issues, given the illegal and cruel activities that some of his police get up to, after which they are rehabilitated and welcomed back to their group of fellow officers as if their transgressions were all in the spirit of the "ends justifies the means" excuse, which I personally find repulsive, especially in "police procedurals."

The narrator isnt bad and does make the ordeal of listening to Misterioso (a romantic name for a dirty back alley experience) barely bearable. Still, the verbal constructs recorded for our listening displeasure are, as I said before, just plain ugly. I hesitate advising anyone to avoid this one like the plague and warning against wasting your credits. I can only say that I wish I had never wasted a credit on such an unpleasant experience and personally plan to avoid this author like the plague in the future. His world view is offensive and the opposite of entertaining. I truly appreciate Henning Mankel just that much more now and will read more of his episodes about the basic, underlying Swedish integrity that guides his main character, Wallander, instead.
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- angel


I totally enjoyed this book and hope they hurry up with the rest of the series, I'll be getting them all. It is very well written, kept my interest and you start to get a real feel for the cast of characters. The narration is terrific. I've never heard John Lee before but I'll be looking out for him in future. If you like Scandinavian crime fiction, this won't disappoint.
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- jackson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio