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Arne Dahl – To The Top Of The Mountain 2

Nyberg has been helping child abuse investigator Sara Svenhagen chase a paedophile ring and is disturbed by what they find. Chavez takes an instant shine to Nyberg’s new colleague and soon finds himself in romantic complications. Meanwhile A Unit’s ongoing investigation into a car explosion in Holland has led them to the shady dealings of celebrated restaurateur David Billinger and a Dutch criminal gang. Billinger is secretly on the trail of some money stolen from his restaurant but won’t tell anyone what he needs it for. The investigation into the goings-on at the restaurant has life-threatening consequences for the team, and even they are surprised at who becomes implicated as a suspect.

The explosions and shootings all ended up being down to a desperate attempt to cover up involvement in a child porn ring. Billinger’s daughter had stolen the 3,000,000 kroner from the Goose as payback for the abuse which she had suffered but could not prove. Billinger had had his ex girlfriend killed in Holland to cover up that he had abused her daughter. The fact the same daughter was in the car along with an undercover cop was just coincidental but this clumsy killing led to the Swedish police unit eventually uncovering all his past crimes.

There was one very tense chase through a health centre where the only naked bodies on display were hairy backed overweight men in the shower. It seemed odd for a police procedural that Chavez expected that saying “I’m a police officer whilst showing his badge” would somehow make the three bad guys with guns in front of him capitulate and hand themselves in – they didn’t! Minutes later they were shot themselves by Billinger’s two henchmen.

And what of the personal lives that pad out the episodes? Hjelm ended up being welcomed back home by his wife to a romantic candle-lit dinner while his teenagers made themselves conveniently scarce. Holm went for a drink with Nyberg. Norlander was deliriously happy when Charlotte’s mother decided not to move away afterall to give him a chance to bond with his daughter and she moved them both into his flat as a temporary measure and the final surprise was that Chavez asked his very new girlfriend Sara to marry him over the phone . She was so surprised she dropped her phone into the swimming pool. I suppose that’s one way to end an argument about an ex girlfriend…

No cleaner though – dang!

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Arne Dahl – Bad Blood 2

The sub-theme of sons choosing to go in the opposite direction of their fathers was explored in the second part of this Arne Dahl tale. Gunnar Nyberg hummed and hawed about contacting his son after all his years of estrangement until he realised that the Kentucky Killer, a CIA operative living with a new identity, had killed his own son without knowing who he was or why he happened to be in the same room as him. Gunnar’s son was delighted to see him and he  was introduced to his grandson also named Gunnar. The joy on the whole family’s faces was a joy after such a grim episode. HIs son had managed to have the happy family life that Gunnar had never managed to have himself.

The Kentucky Killer’s son had travelled to Sweden to find and kill his own father after finding a letter that proved he was still alive and had willingly turned his back on family life in order to torture America’s enemies worldwide.

Paul Hjelm found a way to reconnect with his own son through football and keeping a secret from his wife. His son had turned from his ever-absent father by trying to get involved in drug dealing until his father’s latest investigation ended up making it clear to Hjelm how far his son was becoming caught up in a life far removed from what Paul would have wanted for him.

Kerstin Holm’s new found happiness seemed to be about to be cruelly snatched away from her towards the end of the episode although she didn’t know if it would be in days, weeks or months.

The cleaner made a last minute appearance towards the end of the episode and we were reminded that he was “Persian” and not Iranian. There must be more to come.

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