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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385617070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385617079
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 895,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of Scandinavia's best crime writers' The Times

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'There is an icy dispassionate grip to Jungstedt's writing that recalls Henning Mankell.' Metro

It is a cold wintry morning in the picturesque port town of Visby when art dealer Egon Wallin's battered body is found hanging from a gate in the town's old city walls. His was a very public death, but who killed him and why?

As Inspector Knutas begins his investigation, Egon's secrets quickly begin to come to the surface. He died on the eve of leaving his wife. Is his death a spurned lover's revenge? And when a painting by a renowned new artist is stolen from his gallery, more questions are raised.

Another theft and another death, this time in Stockholm, widen the search for the killer. As the police piece together the clues, one scandal is followed by another, and Inspector Knutas will discover that, beneath the patina of glamour, the high-society world of art collecting hides many secrets - some worth killing for.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 May 2010
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'The Killer's Art' is the author's fourth mystery novel featuring
Inspector Knutus and TV crime reporter Johan Berg,and
based on the Swedish Island of Gotland.
Unlike the previous novels which had rural settings,the
plot centres on Visby the island's capital,and takes us
to Stockholm.The body of a popular local art gallery
owner is found hanging from the ancient town gate.As
the investigation progresses stolen paintings are found
in the dead man's property.Knutus ,who unusually for a
fictional detective,is at ease with himself and the world,
and his team-in parallel with Johan Berg-puzzle out whether
the murder is connected with the art world or the dead man's
sexuality.
This easily readable ,well-translated novel is the author's
best to date,and gives us an insight into the art world,provides
interesting characterisation and is a fully rounded mystery story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scholastica on 20 May 2011
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For me, one of the big attractions of the detective/mystery genre is the geographical backdrop - and in 'The Killer's Art', I feel that Mari Jungstedt gave me an almost guided tour of the Swedish island of Gotland and the port town of Visby. I found myself wanting to know more and even am contemplating visiting it.

So, in this respect, the author has surpassed herself with a very atmospheric and authentic backdrop.

The story itself - the killing of a local art dealer who, it is discovered after his death, had just set his affairs in order to enable him to leave his wife and start a new life elsewhere - was less remarkable for me,and the enjoyment lay in the characters of Inspector Knutas and the journalist, Johan Berg.

I would say that this book is for those lovers of crime fiction whose preference is for psychology rather than body count (although there is more than one in this story)and if you like an authentic backdrop, this book should certainly please you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2013
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This is the third book I have read in the Mari Jungstedt's series that take place on the beautiful island, Gotland, off the coast of Stockholm. They all involve DCI Anders Knutas and his police team. Also, involved is Johan Berg, a television journalist, and his photographer/videographer, Pia.

The season finally calmed, and then one day, Anders is called about the gruesome murder of a local art gallery owner, Egon Wallin. As the clues start to pile up and every stone unturned it is beginning to look like one secret after another is uncovered. The world of art thieves, and the world of homosexuality are laid bare. Several valuable artifacts and pictures are stolen. It becomes difficult for Anders to find any real close connection until another person is murdered and the circumstances seem to blend the two worlds. In the meanwhile, Johan and his lover, Emma have become parents to a beautiful little girl, Elin. They have plans to marry until an unforeseen tragedy occurs.

Anders life with his wife and children seem much more settled than ever before. Things seem to be alright with the world, and, then, Anders closest detective tells him she is going to resign. Anders life would not be the same without Jacobssen, and he offers her a new position that might alter the team.

This novel may be one of the best in the series written by Mari Jungstedt. The theme, the murders, the art world and the world of the Gay life seem to all concur at the right time, in the right manner. A wonderfully constructed novel, filled with suspense and the workings of the everyday life.

The main characters are realistic and are very likable. The action is fast paced with a superb ending. One of the best!

Recommended. prisrob 07-23-13
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I bought this book having read review by others, but found that I could not agree with the rave reviews. It is not particularly well written there are some elements within the book that made me wonder if the writer has much experience of how things generally work. For instance, one of his colleagues is going to leave the job for a better offer. Knutas offers her a promotion, without interview, thus annoying other colleagues.

The homosexual line seems to have been thrown in to add a bit of interest.

NOt a patch on some of the other northern European writers. I won't be reading any further books by Mari Yungstedt.
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echo comments elsewhere, wrapped up in far too much of a hurry, if we can have a chapter on the wedding plans of a peripheral character (not peripheral enough mind you) then the entire denouement deserves a bit more effort really. story good enough, though at times slightly confusing, getting a bit fed up with the bloody journalist being as good or better detective than the main protagonist though. readable but felt the author had had enough by the end, hence the unseemly rush!
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By Liz Mustaffabook on 17 Jun 2014
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An awfully long drawn out story for such a short ending. I think the publisher said "time up, finish now"!
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By Gloria Feit on 22 May 2014
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A brutally violent crime opens this newest novel from Swedish author Mari Jungstedt, when the body of a well-known and popular art dealer is found murdered and hanged on a medieval city wall in Visby. The case is assigned to Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas, 52 years old, who had been promoted to head the criminal division of the Visby police force ten years ago. His team consists of D.I. Karin Jacobsson, with whom he has worked for the past 15 years, described as 5’ 3”, 39 years old and single, “charming, lively, and spirited;” Thomas Wittberg, 28 and “the Casanova of police headquarters;” technician Erik Sohlman; and Lars Norby, the police spokesman. The usual amount of departmental politics exists, but by and large they work well together. Also playing prominent roles in the tale are the Swedish TV journalist Johan Berg and his cameraperson, Pia Lilja; Erik Mattson, art connoisseur and valuer; and various members of the artistic community of the region. Each of these is a well-developed and interesting character.

The setting is primarily the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, the Swedish equivalent to the US Martha’s Vineyard. It is February (although the events that trigger everything that follows occur in November), an inhospitable time of year in Sweden. As one character notes: “Sweden isn’t meant for human beings, he thought. If God does exist, He must have forgotten this corner in the northernmost part of Europe.” The weather becomes palpable in these pages.

Placed frequently in the narrative are brief chapters whose p.o.v. is that of the man behind several sordid and criminal events that take place as the fast-reading plot moves along.
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