As I reported in a recent post on forthcoming international crime drama, the TV adaptation of Arne Dahl’s ‘Intercrime’ series is about to hit our screens, airing this Saturday on BBC4 between 9.00 and 10.30pm. We begin with a two-parter of The Blinded Man (first published in the U.S. as Misterioso), with the same pattern being repeated for another four Intercrime novels (ten episodes in total).
I’ll be very interested to see how the adaptation is handled. The storyline seems to be fundamentally the same as in the novel, but the Head of the A-Unit, Jan-Olov Hultin, has morphed into Jenny Hultin (pictured in the burgundy jacket below).
The BBC4 synopsis of Episode 1 reads as follows (light spoilers): High-flying financiers are being murdered and it’s beginning to appear like the work of a serial killer. CID inspector Jenny Hultin puts together a team of top detectives to crack the case before there are more deaths and a national panic. One of the team, Paul Hjelm, is saved from a disciplinary hearing for shooting a hostage taker when he said he was unarmed. Together with his new colleagues he finds himself working 24 hours a day to find the killer quickly. They are the ‘A Unit’ and their pursuit of the Fat Cat Killer will expose tensions within the newly-formed group and put some of them in fear of their lives.
Radio Times interview: ‘Arne Dahl on the success of Nordic Noir and taking tips from Prime Suspect’.
Full details of the 10 Intercrime novels on Arne Dahl’s website (and lots more besides).
A review of The Blinded Man / Misterioso at Petrona.
An earlier Mrs. P. post on Arne Dahl and his novel Chinese Whispers (the first in Dahl’s ‘Europol’ series).
An advance review at Crime Time Preview (should you wish to sneak a peek).