Dödsmässa Requiem

Intercrime #7

The ex-wife of a member of The National Police’s Special Unit for International Violent Crimes – better known as the A Unit – enters a bank in a fashionable Stockholm district. This is the prelude to a mysterious sequence of events that through a hostage situation, a mysterious desk, and a number of fossils leads straight into the most dramatic episodes of WWII and the subsequent Cold War. The A Unit faces a riddle as unyielding as it is slippery, and there’s something fishy about the hostage drama in the Stockholm bank office. Meanwhile, an envelope in a spy mailbox in East Berlin is on its way to an enigmatic addressee.

Requiem is the seventh installment in the Intercrime series.


  • “He has with great power created a bright literary work with impressive form. /…/ It’s post-modernism embracing Raymond Chandler, and I can almost make out Graham Greene and John Le Carré seated by an elegant bar, and nodding with approval. /…/ Requiem is a literary feat of high quality. /…/ It’s one of those books to read in one stretch.”

    Aftonbladet, Sweden

  • “With his seventh crime novel, Requiem, Dahl now appears, if he hasn’t already done so, to be the indisputable master of intrigue among Swedish crime writers.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • Requiem, the title of this seventh book in a planned series of ten works, is among the most inspiring, intelligent and entertaining works in modern Swedish crime literature. Although Dahl does have several sharp competitors, there is no one who in the same manner approaches this almost overly exploited genre with the same fine balance between respect and lack there of, between humour and sincerity.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “I was deeply impressed with Requiem. My enthusiasm cost me two nights of sleep, but it was well worth it.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • Requiem is magnificent.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “Arne Dahl does it again. /…/ In Arne Dahl’s crime novel Requiem, which is part of the Intercrime series, he skilfully links the banal and violent acts of crime to current social problems. /…/ And the book is of course, as always, profoundly suspenseful. Arne Dahl has never been better.”

    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “The quality of Arne Dahl’s new detective novel is, as usual, sky-high. /…/ The author steers his novel with discreet discipline and fashions his many preludes into a minutely composed minor scale fugue, not much different than what would be expected of Mozart. It’s hard to imagine that the already established first-rate quality of Dahl’s writing could be further improved. But this is no less the case.”

    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “Arne Dahl’s crime writing skills are divine. /…/ Requiem is a wild crime novel and a true Eldorado of funny occurrences. /…/ It’s incredibly amusing a pleasure to read. /…/ Have we made ourselves worthy of this absolutely divine Intercrime team, composed of highly captivating women and men who can create everything from the finest ripples to the most violent earthquakes when measured on the open Dahl-scale?”

    BT, Denmark

  • Requiem is the kind of book you finish off with a feeling of happiness, having read something truly meaningful.”

    Information, Denmark

  • “Arne Dahl’s seventh work, Requiem, roars in my ear-piece with the same intensity as Mozart’s Requiem.

    Fyens Stiftstidende, Denmark

  • “Insightful and dazzlingly written. It’s the kind of book that is great to save for a long weekend – a book to wander off and get lost in. /…/ Requiem, Arne Dahl’s latest work, is a unique, brilliant and intelligent detective novel. /…/ Dahl serves as a guarantee for a very fine and highly intelligent modern-day detective novel, combining bitter clear-sightedness with a melancholic pensiveness. This is a work of true class!”

    Nordjyske Stiftstidende, Denmark

  • “If you only read one crime novel a year, pick a Dahl thriller.”

    ALT for Damerne, Denmark

  • “Dahl guarantees good, strong, intelligent contemporary crime fiction; he combines bitter realism with melancholic reflection.”

    Nordjyske Stiftstidende, Denmark

Photo: Sara Arnald Arne Dahl
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Reading material

Swedish edition

German edition

Rights sold

Denmark, Modtryk

Finland, Otava

Germany, Piper

Netherlands, De Geus

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Poland, Czarna Owca

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

Film rights sold

Sweden, Filmlance International

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