BAD BLOOD: A Crime Novel
by Arne Dahl
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition, May 2014 ($15.95)
Format: Trade paperback
Publisher: Pantheon Books, August 2013 ($25.95 US)
Kindle edition: $9.99
Review by Larry Jung
Despite having the customs stations, rest rooms, shops on the concourse, and exits under surveillance, the Kentucky Killer vanishes from the airport. Unfortunately Sweden has its first imported serial killer. Was there any connection with the Kentucky Killer’s latest victim being a Swedish national and a famous literary book critic and the Killer being in Sweden? The massive dossier on the Killer kept by the FBI has no mention of any Swedish connections. As Hultin and his team study the FBI material and brain storm motives why an American serial killer is in their country, they can only wait for the Kentucky Killer to kill again and hope for more clues.
Dahl has written a fast paced police procedural with an engaging cast of characters. There are plenty of plot twists and red herrings. But Dahl always plays fair. At the end of the book, I didn’t feel cheated or that the author took the easy way out. If you like books that follow the cops in how they go about an investigation — planning, tasking, interviews, forensics, brain storming — you will enjoy BAD BLOOD.
BAD BLOOD is the second Intercrime book by Arne Dahl. The first is MISTERIOSO.