BAD BLOOD, by Arne Dahl (Pantheon, 352 pages, $30): Written in 1998 and first published in Sweden in 2003, it’s puzzling why this harrowing and character-rich literary thriller took so long to make it into English release.
The sequel to Dahl’s debut, Mysterioso, finds detective Paul Hjelm and his special police unit tracking a nasty American serial killer who’s brought his grisly handiwork to Sweden. But Dahl’s poetic style infuses the graphically horrific with droll humour, satirical observation and bracing social commentary, all through the top-to-bottom authenticity of his cast.
On the strength of his two beautifully translated novels, Dahl has established himself as a Euro-crime star. We shouldn’t have to wait so long for the third.