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The following is a selection of reviews of Chinese Whispers (Original title: Viskleken):
"Arne Dahl worships the bombastic, but never flouts suspense. Here, eeriness lurks in something other than blood and bestial serial killers – it is extensive and pacey, violent and tender at the same time."
Ekstra Bladet (Denmark) *Five Stars*
"If you can keep your wits about you, there is a reward at the center of the labyrinth. On the way there you can, as usual, enjoy Dahl’s ingenious composition and stylistic mastery."
Jyllands-Posten (Denmark) *Five Stars*
"He is an author who knows what he’s doing. And with great generosity he provides even the smaller parts with minutely chiseled portraits that rarely fall into the archetypal traps that are unfortunately ubiquitous within the genre. /…/ Dahl is not a ”serious” author who ”stoops” to the level of crime fiction; he’s just as much of an author regardless of the genre."
"Chinese Whispers is a deftly executed piece of crime fiction, elevated by its intensity, literary innovation and effluent generosity."
Norrköpings Tidningar (Sweden)
"Arne Dahl spins an intricate plot, complete with an extensive intertextuality. Where one is used to seeing Swedish crime writers perfunctorily descend the list of subjects one by one, allowing each to span the lenght of a book, Arne Dahl yokes them all together. The intrigue becomes a harsh metaphor for our time’s boundless crime. The conspiratory worldview is cranked up ad absurdium. /…/ It’s always fun to read the novels of Arne Dahl."
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
"Only two [Swedish crime writers] qualify for the literary Champion's League play offs – Leif GW Persson and Arne Dahl. /…/ Still, [Dahl's] endeavor as a novelist to grapple with current global tableaux – wherein mobsters and suits stripe each others jackets with ever-lessening scruples – is worthy of all praise and encouragement. I know of no other contemporary Swedish writer bold enough to bite off such a cumbersome chunk of the moment, hold it and shake it with a growl."
"However, if there’s one person qualified to supervise the seemingly unmanageable web, it’s Arne Dahl. The reader can relax – or, rather continue to barrel through the pages with the same frenzy – with the assurance that the ride will offer remarkable astuteness, effective and well composed entertainment, as well as a mirror for a corrupt world."
Helsingborgs Dagblad (Sweden)
"Once again, Arne Dahl shows that he is an astonishing storyteller. /…/ His social criticism is clear and caustic. /…/ Arne Dahl carries the legacy of Sjöwall & Wahlöö into the 2010s. Chinese Whispers is a clear example of this."
Upsala Nya Tidning (Sweden)
"As a voracious reader of crime fiction – particularly that of Anglo-Saxon and Swedish writers – I was immediately struck by the pseudomyn Arne Dahl, and found myself wondering who the profoundly skilled writer hiding behind it was. /…/ He’s not shy of taking to irate words when describing the Swedish financial attitude towards the tiny, newly liberated nation across the Baltic. I know of no social criticism aimed at Swedish neo-imperialism as scathing as Dahl’s. /…/ Chinese Whispers is probably Arne Dahl’s most political novel to date. Perhaps the darkest. Definitely the best. With a certain impatience, I eagerly await the next."
Tidningen Kulturen (Sweden)
"The scope and edifice are reminiscent of Dan Brown’s – in a good way, that is. /.../ In short, the book is very enjoyable, and I’m happy to know that three more are in the works. Thanks."
Västerbottens Folkblad (Sweden)
"Jan Arnald’s crime fiction, published under the pen name Arne Dahl, is restlessly expansive. /…/ Like a shark,Chinese Whispers never ceases in its path… The perspective is of permeating omniscience, and Dahl is at his finest when he lets the narration evanesce between the different characters."
"This is a novel you read in a jiff. Dahl’s prose is frightfully effective."
"Suspenseful? Definitely! [Dahl] is a superb writer of literary fiction."
"An utterly well rounded crime novel and a haunting portrait of a world in which hope is, literally, a lot to ask for."
»Dahl ist ein talentierter Spieler, der die zahlreichen Handlungsstränge geschickt weiterentwickeln und das Ganze in der Schwebe halten kann.«
Der Landbote (Germanay)