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Henning Mankell meets The Wire in the first book in a major new Scandinavian crime series following an elite team of detectives on the hunt for the killer of several high profile businessmen

Two of Sweden's most powerful businessmen have been murdered.

In the face of mounting panic amongst the financial elite, a task force has been created to catch the culprit before he kills again. To his surprise, Detective Paul Hjelm, currently under investigation for misconduct after a man who took a bank hostage, is summoned to join the team.

But the killer has left no clues - even removing the bullets from the crime scenes - and Hjelm and his new teammates face a daunting challenge if they are to uncover the connection between the murdered men and identify any potential victims before he strikes again.

The first book in the critically acclaimed Intercrime series, The Blinded Man is an intelligent and gripping crime novel.

Reviews

Mystery devotees who loved Mankell's Kurt Wallander, and crime-fiction "lifers" who still treasure Sjowall's and Wahloo's Martin Beck, will want to add Paul Hjelm to their short lists of international favorites

Booklist

Thoughtfully haunting and sometimes beautifully written, the first of Hjelm's cases to be translated into English is likely to resonate with readers of the Stieg Larsson trilogy

Kirkus (starred)

Arne Dahl has created a school of his own within the Swedish crime writing tradition. He combines global intrigue with intelligence, suspense, and genuine literary quality

Lars Kepler, author of 'The Hypnotist'

Loose canon Paul Helm and his character-filled team entertainingly chase multiple false leads as they hunt for a Thelonious Monk obsessed assassin

Metro

[A] superb police procedural... Dahl has created a brilliant character and a terrific story, and should that not be enough, this is a classic cop-shop tale of the old school

The Globe and Mail (Canada)

A masterly crime novel

Kristelig Dagblad (Denmark)

Finely written… as beautiful as it is baffling… another primer on capitalist catastophe

Christopher Bray, Word

I thoroughly enjoyed this taut and well-written thriller… An enjoyable debut from Dahl and definitely a series to warrant further investigation

Raven Crime Reads blog

An intelligent and innovative read, I will definitely be looking for the next in the series

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099575689

    September 18, 2012

    Vintage

    448 pages

    RRP $19.99

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