Blindbock Blind Man’s Buff

Opcop #3

It’s a hot summer in Europe. Europol is tipped off that the shady gangs who control – and abuse – Europe’s beggars are consolidated and connected to greater human trafficking networks. Since a few weeks back, Paul Hjelm and his Opcop group are conducting surveillance on the suspected leadership of the continent's begging and human trafficking rings. The Opcop group is in a vacant flat on one side of an Amsterdam canal, watching a flat on the other side. Suddenly, a drastic breakthrough occurs in the seemingly hopeless surveillance.

At the same time, someone threatens the French EU commissioner just as she is about to present an international bill that is intended to save Europe. Paul Hjelm must use unofficial – and unethical – methods in order to investigate the blackmail, and the evidence point towards Europe’s right wing extremists. When Kerstin Holm discovers that Hjelm has assigned former A Unit member Gunnar Nyberg, who now lives in Greece, to a dangerous mission it is already too late. Nyberg has begun his journey towards the heart of darkness.

Blind Man’s Buff is the third, freestanding installment in the Opcop quartet.


  • “In my view, Arne Dahl is one of the most important names within the contemporary crime genre, not least because he is a genuine narrator who constantly succeeds in conjoining pressing modern-day issues, such as financial crises, environmental crises and the black hole of the economy or, as in Blind Man's Buff- crooked networks extending to virtually anything that generates a stable economy, a fast and hidden profit… Dahl’s strength lies within Blind Man's Buff, and in his analytical orientation, rendering the novel constructions perfectly fitted, intrigues and ambience are bit by bit added to the plot and merged into a literary unit. Arne Dahl seems to have a particular penchant for giving kids games new meanings, as the previous Chinese Whispers and the current Blind Man's Buff, in which the latter has become the most advanced story to date. It is a swift, and efficient novel with a style that drives forward, where the prose shifts from the poetically evocative to the simple and straight forward –one of Dahl's most important novels to this date, a novel that can be read both for its language and its plot.”

    Norrköpings Tidningar, Sweden

  • Blind Man's Buff is equally action-packed as the movie Bullit…extensive and detailed tailing scenes are infernally suspenseful and more than once, I get the feeling of watching a movie. A good movie too. One of the reasons why I appreciate Arne Dahl's authorship is his fearlessness of the hefty and intricate topics. The cases the former A-unit solved, and now Opcop, covers contemporary social happenings that renders him to be a real good example of the fact that crime novel as a form is very well suited as a social commentary, perhaps better than any other genre.”

    Folkbladet, Sweden

  • “Dahl has never been closer to the acute reality than in in this, his fourteenth, crime novel. The two previous installments in the OpCop series also borrowed their titles from children's games. But Blind Man's Buff has beyond the plot – where Dahl artfully uses blindness as a leitmotif – an allusion that also includes the readers. We fumble around blindfolded, as unable to see reality as to perceive existing opportunities. Dahl rips the blindfold off.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “Dahl is an energetic and skilled writer with the kind of flexible imagination required for the creation of an effective crime novel, and he combines pathos for social justice with obvious passion for writing. … Blind Man's Buff has an elegantly intricate plot … It is important, interesting and cleverly done, and anyone who appreciates intelligent crime fiction will not be disappointed by Blind Man's Buff.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “It's raw, it's violent and unpleasant. At the same time, the combination of the gruesome and the warmth and humor of the narrative style create an atmosphere that makes you feel at home in the company of Dahl's policemen. … After having read Blind Man's Buff in one go, I am excited to see whether, and if so how, Dahl manages to connect all the dots in the final part of the OpCop series.”

    Smålandsposten, Sweden

  • “Red-hot new crime novel from a master. Few can measure up to Arne Dahl's authorship when it comes to contemporary, complex, and political suspense novels... Arne Dahl is a skilled writer who sparkles with both evocative and brilliant depictions.”

    LitteraturMagazinet, Sweden

  • “As usual in Dahl's crime novels several plotlines run in parallel and ultimately form a collective weave. How he does it is hard to say, but it is incredibly skillful writing that joins together various societal problems to a single image... No matter how he does it, it's elegant, it's very suspenseful, and it creates a feeling of paranoia...”

    Kulturdelen, Sweden

  • “Arne Dahl's books are quality crime novels - and that is true also of this third book about the European police unit Op Cop ... It is sustained talented crime fiction.”

    Ekstra Bladet, Denmark

  • Blind Man's Buff is one of those rare crime fiction experiences, in which each part of the plot is presented to the reader with razor sharp precision, and where all the threads are elegantly collected at the end. /.../ In all, Blind Man's Buff is a cornucopia from one of the best crime writers of our time, and I hereby highly recommend this book.”

    Weekendavisen, Denmark

  • “Arne Dahl's Op Cop novels are suspenseful, clever and at times humorous. /.../ Blind Man's Buff is an excellent crime novel that also encourages reflection.”

    Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark

  • “As usual [with Arne Dahl] it's wrapped in a subtle yet sparkling style of the kind that frequently makes you reread a sentence or dialogue in order to prolong the pleasure.”

    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “Once again Arne Dahl delivers a well-written and well-traveled police novel with elements of science fiction, without hampering his current and present political sting.”

    Politiken, Denmark

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  • Crime
Reading material

German edition

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Denmark, Modtryk

France, Actes Sud

Germany, Piper

Netherlands, De Geus

Poland, Czarna Owca

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

Film rights sold

Sweden, Filmlance International

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