In the mid 90s a Swedish writer planned a series of ten volumes about the special elite force, the A team. The first books were published under the pen name Arne Dahl, but when the success was well established, the author and literary critic Jan Arnald confessed that he had played with the letters of his name.
Now when eleven volumes of ten have been published in Scandinavia, the “Intercrime series” is on its way to English readers, hence this introduction.
Officially, the group is under the command of the quiet judge of character Jan-Olov Hultin who shows unexpected sides to his personality as the series progresses. Their base is in Stockholm, but they operate all over Sweden.
Paul Hjelm, the day-to-day leader, is around forty years old, married to Cilla whom he has two teenage children with. He is a first-class policeman but not quite as good at handling marriage and family.
Kerstin Holm from Göteborg makes up the female minority. For the time being, she and her husband´s first ex-wife live together and hit it off much better than with him.
Viggo Norlander from Stockholm is a balding and stout policeman who believes in following the rules.
Arto Söderstedt, an intellectual ex-lawyer, is the pale, Finnish minority from Västerås.
Gunnar Nyberg from Nacka, is a huge, slovenly dressed ex-boxer and steroid user.
Jorge Chavez from Sundsvall – represents the immigrant minority and is an expert on jazz.
A well-written, literary crime series with interesting and intelligent characters.
As an afterthought I can tell you that I find it very easy to read Camilla Läckberg and Mari Jungstedt in Swedish, but Arne Dahl is quite another matter.