Also available in: Spanish

Synopsis of Misterioso

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 and the rest of the team follow one lead after another in their pursuit 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.

Synopsis of Misterioso taken from Amazon

Review of Misterioso

The nth first novel by a Nordic author I didn’t know. It’s good and, though its conception (the creation of a special force within the police to resolve important cases) may bear similarity to Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Q Department series (unsolved cases), the resemblance is limited to that.

The plot is good, the characters too, it doesn’t lack a certain sense of humor, it maintains suspense until the end and the investigations are well carried out.

The second installment of the series,“El que siembra sangre”, with the same protagonist, has already been published in Spanish. I don’t know if they’re going to translate any more, and I haven’t found anything in English on Amazon, so I hope that Destino will continue to publish the series.


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Series:  Paul Hjelm; 1

Publisher: Vintage
Year 2011
Original title: Misterioso

Language: English
Format: eBook

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