When police find a Swedish literary critic tortured to death in a janitor's closet at Newark International Airport, they realize that the murderer has made off with the victim's ticket and boarded a flight to Stockholm, where he apparently slipped through customs.
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 but also that it was the "modus operandi" of an allegedly deceased homicidal maniac known only as the Kentucky Killer . As additional victims turn up on Stockholm's outskirts, 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 is that bad blood always comes back around.
“Stunning. . . . Dahl has established himself as one of the leading voices in Scandinavian crime fiction.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Crackles with pent-up energy on every page.” —BookPage
“A compellingly stylish thriller that is also a thought-provoking social satire. . . . Add Arne Dahl to your list of must-haves in crime fiction.” —Open Letters Monthly
“Brims with deception, twists, and suspense. . . . Dahl’s special police unit is a diverse group of law enforcement agents whose chemistry creates dark humor amid the intense themes.” —Shelf Awareness
“One of this year’s most intense thrillers.” —GT (Sweden)
“A highly professional crime novel, and an insightful and thought-provoking social satire.” —Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)
Praise for Arne Dahl and Misterioso, the first Intercrime novel
“With dizzying speed Arne Dahl has climbed to the throne of Swedish crime literature. . . . His work is characterized by impartiality, lighthearted humor, epic flow, and poetic precision.” —Dagbladet Information (Denmark)
“Terrific. . . . Full of twists and turns, blind alleys and sudden assaults, procedural hassles and stakeouts.” —The Providence Journal
“Absorbing . . . A dark, tense thriller.” —Newark Star-Ledger
“Dahl has created a brilliant character and a terrific story. This is a classic cop-shop tale of the old school.” —The Globe and Mail (Canada)