Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Bad Blood (Intercrime #2) by Arne Dahl

Book: Bad Blood (Intercrime #2)
Author: Arne Dahl
Narrator (if applicable):n/a

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: From Goodreads

When a Swedish literary critic is found tortured to death in a janitor’s closet at Newark International Airport, the police realize that the murderer made off with the victim’s ticket and boarded a flight to Stockholm. Swedish authorities are placed on high alert, but the killer manages to slip through the customs dragnet and vanishes into the night.
With no clear motive in sight, Detectives Paul Hjelm and Kerstin Holm of Intercrime’s A-Unit take over the investigation. They learn that the method of torture used was not only a highly specialized means of extracting information secretly developed during the Vietnam War—allowing the victim to whisper, but not to scream—but also that it was the modus operandi of an allegedly deceased homicidal maniac known only as the Kentucky Killer.
As additional victims are discovered on the outskirts of Stockholm and the terror grows, the team finds itself coming up empty-handed. Hjelm and Holm fly to New York, hoping to discover both the killer’s identity and the source of his interest in Sweden. What they quickly learn, searching through the past, is that bad blood always comes back around. 

My rating: 3 Stars, but barely.
My opinion: Meh, I have to say that I can't warm up to this author. I have compared him to Anne Holt in that I have felt that there is potential, but the book has never crossed that threshold. That is how I felt about Bad Blood. As with the first book in this series, I felt that this storyline was superficial and simply mediocre.

Although, I have continued to read and have just started to appreciate Anne Holt books this will be my last Arne Dahl book. 

Source:  Pantheon
Would I recommend? : For me, no. However, I have friends who read just as much Nordic Noir who enjoy Arne Dahl.
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone

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