The Inner Circle (Anders Knutas #3)
The Inner Circle opens with an international group of young archeology students sweating on a dig on the island of Gotland, uncovering a Viking fortification dating back over a millennium. They are a fun-loving lot, partying together every night, but the good vibe turns to horror when one of them, twenty-one-year-old Martina Flochten, disappears. Her body is found a shor
My review in probably too many words:
I will first admit that I was a bit hesitant about this book at first. A female Swedish journalist writing mystery novels featuring a journalist reminded me a bit too much of Liza Marklund, of whom I'm not a big fan. And then there is the setting for her series of novels: Gotland, a Swedish summer destination island with a year-round population of about 60,000. A series with multiple serial murderers in such a setting requires a...more
The third book in the Anders Knutas series is by far the best one. Now that we're familiar with the characters, the pace is faster, their personal problems doubled in magnitude. And what's more important, the central plot is both darker and more elaborate.
Set once again in my adopted homeland Gotland, The Inner Circle starts with the ritualistic killing of an archaeology student and the theft of antiquity pieces. At first both seem no more than unrelated co...more
The first weird occurrence is when 2 little girls discover a pony that has been decapitated.
Next, one of the students at the archeologist site goes missing. A short time later her body is found, displayed in a manner that sugges...more
The gist of the plot is the decapitation o...more
Nie sposób odmówić autorce umiejętności narracji. Jest to książka, którą czyta się z wypiekami na twarzy. Obok wątku kryminalnego, w którym Przypadek znów ma ważną rolę (ale tym razem jest to przypadek wynikający z działań bohaterów), Jungstedt przekonująco przedstawia wątki obyczajowe. Nie zajmuje się mrocznymi powiązaniami, zgnilizną moralną policji, co z j...more
The book e...more
The story gets under way when a horse is found decapitated in a field, its head having been taken away. Whilst the police are investigating, a young female student working on a Viking artifact archaeological dig is found dead, hanging from a tree with her stomach slit open. Neither the police inquiries, nor the investigations of the returning journalist, Johan, seem to...more
I ended up liking this well enough -- plenty of suspense, heightened by the stylistic strategy of moving back and forth between characters and subplots. Tied up nicely at the end.
After having spent the last week of May in Stockholm, I did find it a little hard to believe that it was such a hot summer in Gotland!
Jungstedt worked as a reporter on Swedish national public radio and television, and was an occasional presenter on TV4's daily talk show Förkväll.
Her first three novels are set on the island of Gotland and feature Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas and the journalist Johan Berg. Two of her novels were filmed for Swedish TV...more