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The books behind Arne Dahl

If you’re yet to discover BBC’s Scandi crime drama Arne Dahl then you’re in for a treat. Based on the novels by Jan Arnald – who writes thrillers under the pen name Arne Dahl – the series follows the ‘A’ unit, a special police cell set up to investigate violent crimes.

The first series of the drama was adapted from the first four Intercrime novels; the second series, currently airing on BBC Four, is based on books still to be translated into English. We always love to see how books and TV series compare when we discover a new show, so if you’re enjoying the adaptations then we highly recommend checking out the novels themselves!

The books behind Arne Dahl

arne dahl booksThe Blinded Man

Sweden’s elite are under attack. Two rich and powerful men have been murdered, and in the face of mounting panic – and media hysteria – a task force has been created to catch the killer.

To his surprise, Detective Paul Hjelm, currently under investigation for misconduct after shooting a man who took the staff of an immigration office hostage, is summoned to join the new 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 victims and catch the murderer before he kills again.

arne dahl booksBad Blood

Detective Paul Hjelm and his team receive an urgent call from the FBI. A murderer whose methods bear a frightening resemblance to a serial killer they believed long dead is on his way to Sweden.

For years the FBI hunted the so-called ‘Kentucky Killer’, their agents haunted by the terrible injuries he inflicted on his victims through his signature device: a weapon that squeezed the vocal cords shut. Has he somehow returned from beyond the grave to torture a new generation, or do they have a copy-cat on their hands? And what do they want in Sweden? If they are to capture the killer, the team must collaborate with their colleagues in the FBI on a desperate hunt that will take them from rainswept city streets to deserted Kentucky farmhouses, and will push them to the limits of their endurance.

arne dahl booksTo The Top Of The Mountain

A man is blown up in a high-security prison. A major drugs baron comes under attack. A massacre takes place in a dark suburb.

Detective Paul Hjelm and his team have been disbanded and discredited, the six detectives scattered throughout Sweden. But now something dangerous is approaching, and only Hjelm and his team can stop it.

arne dahl booksEuropa Blues

A Greek gangster arrives in Stockholm, only to be murdered in a macabre fashion at Skansen zoo, his body consumed by animals.

As the Intercrime Unit investigate what brought him to Sweden, eight Eastern European women vanish from a refugee centre outside the city while an elderly professor, the tattooed numbers on his arm hinting at his terrible past, is executed at the Jewish cemetery.

Three cases, one team of detectives and an investigation that will take them across Europe and back through history as they desperately search for answers, and the identities of the killers.

Have you read any of the books in the Intercrime series? Let us know in the comments below!

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