Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE -

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.

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