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The Killer's Art (Anders Knutas #4)

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It is a cold wintry morning in the picturesque port town of Visby when art dealer Egon Wallin's battered and naked 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....more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Corgi Books (first published 2006)
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Toggedout
For being one of "the best" Swedish murder writers still living, this wasn't nearly as good as I thought it would be. Same ho-hum plot, terrible dialogue, but the scenery descriptions were incredible. It was a good waste of time for an airport read, and I didn't feel badly about leaving it on the plane for someone else to read as I disembarked. It is not a book (and apparently not an author) I would recommend to someone who is a murder mystery fan. Of course, that may be unfair as I'm not exactl...more
Lisa
I seem to be gathering quite a collection of Scandanavian crime novels lately! I’ve got Joe Nesbo, Camilla Lackburg, Ake Edwardson…and now I can add Mari Jungstedt to the list. Killer’s Art is a very good mystery novel set in the art world of Gotland, an upscale, picturesque Swedish island. In the walled city of Visby, a killer is on the loose. He (or she) has killed a prominent art dealer, a man with secrets that will shock his friends and neighbors.

Egon Wallin is a respected art dealer on Gotl...more
Gloria Feit
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 s...more
Helen
4th in series. I like these books mainly for the setting and sense of place (which here as before is, mostly, Gotland, although there are episodes in Stockholm too). The descriptions are good and there are lots of small details about the history and culture. There are some irritations, too - the dialogue feels a bit simplistic (which may be due to being in translation), and the fairly ghastly Emma is still ghastly (why do I find it so hard to feel any sympathy for her? She is a bit of a pain, an...more
Jim Nolt
Mari Jungstedt again takes us to the island of Gotland near Stockholm, and once again there is... murder. "Killer's Art" (the fourth in her Ander Knutas series) opens with well-known Visby art dealer, Egon Wallin, preparing for a new exhibition that includes paintings by new artist, Mattis Kalvalis. By the end of the evening a feeling of joy set in as he, his wife, and friends celebrated the show's success with dinner and drinks; the very satisfied Egon Wallin anticipated signing an exclusive co...more
Karen
A really gripping, enjoyable read. The only problem I have with this series is the relationship between Emma and Johan, I just don't care about them as characters and I don't think they add much to the story.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
A Swedish mystery.The book is the fourth in the series and features ongoing characters police superintendent Anders Knutas and reporter Johan Berg. The story takes place on the island, Gotland.

The people in the town awaken to the body of the local art dealer, Egon Wallin, hanging from the wall of the city. Suicide is ruled out when the evidence confirms that the victim was killed elsewhere and his body taken to Baman Gate to be displayed. Before Wallin's killer is found, two more influential me...more
Boekenbuzz.nl
Een evenementenorganisator wordt tijdens een van zijn eigen evenementen vermoord, en de inspecteur Knutas wordt op de zaak gezet. Zou de moordenaar ook te maken hebben kunnen gehad met de moord op een puber die buiten een disco in Visby was doodgeschopt? Of was de man per vergissing vermoord en had hij vergif genomen dat voor iemand anders was bestemd?

Dit is een typische Zweedse misdaadroman, met het gewone langzame tempo, en de vele details van het leven en de problemen van de personages. Dit b...more
Jessica Bronder
Egon Wallen, a local gallery owner, is found hanging from the Dalman Gate. Knutas is called to find the killer. Knutas learns that Egon was planning on leaving his wife yet his wife was having an affair with their neighbor. The discovery of several famous stolen paintings makes this even more interesting.

Journalist Johan Berg is also back. He is in love and plans on getting married. But he has not learned from the last case that he got wrapped up in and almost killed. When he starts getting clos...more
Rida Shamsneh
The fact that this novel is all about homosexuality acts practiced by a poor man who was abandoned by his real parents when he was born, and adopted by other parents even though his real father was rich, and connecting this tragic life to a similar suffering experienced by another ancient famous Swedish artist who was guy also; this binding - through "The Dying Dandy" painting - could create an atmosphere of sympathy with these characters and make them victims in the eyes of people although I be...more
Karen
I got confused which is nothing, absolutely nothing, new. But one night, for some reason, I plucked THE INNER CIRCLE by Mari Jungstedt from the stacks, and started reading. Then I got quite convinced I'd already read the book. So I went to check and found UNSEEN, which I then re-read, ending up very struck by the similarities between the two plots. Which got me wondering if there were similarities in all of them, and as I had a number of the books to hand, I thought I'd read them in order and se...more
Jmm
The Killer's Art is Mari Jungstedt's fourth and latest offering in the Inspector Anders Knutas series. The plot centers on the shocking murder of Egon Wallin, Visby's successful and well-liked gallery owner, whose body is found hanging early one morning from the Dalman Gate in the city wall. The sensational nature of the murder, which occurred during the night after a very successful show at the victim's gallery, attracts the attention of the press, and reporter Johan Berg is again heading to th...more
Jen

Killer's Art (originally published as The Dying Dandy) is by Mari Jungstedt, Swedish journalist and crime novelist; translator: Tiina Nunnally.

Egon Wallin, a respected art dealer, has made plans to leave his wife and has sold his art gallery without telling anyone. Instead, he ends up hanged from the city wall in Old Town, Visby, Gotland.

(Strange Bird which I read recently is also set on the Swedish island of Gotland.)

Then The Dying Dandy, a famous painting by Nils Dardel, is stolen from a muse...more
Pamela
I am persistently disappointed with several aspects of Mari Jungstedt's novels. Her core characters are poorly represented. They are underwritten and hollow. Not that they are uninteresting...they have potential. I find myself wondering if the author's background as a reporter enables her to tolerate this aspect of her own writing. I keep reading the same statements about them without any deepening of their representation. They remain uninteresting mysteries in themselves. They have relationship...more
J.R.
On a cold Sunday morning, art gallery owner Egon Wallin is found hanging from a gate on the ring wall of Visby, Sweden’s best preserved medieval town on the island of Gotland.

The murder of the prominent art dealer shocks residents of the town and perplexes police who see no apparent motive. The mystery deepens as investigators discover Wallin, to the surprise of his wife and employees, has sold the gallery, filed for divorce and was planning a move to Stockholm. A hoard of stolen artworks in his...more
Ingrid Verschelling
Ook deze roman is een deel van een serie: 1. Die je niet ziet 2. Dichterbij dan je denkt 3. De goden verzoeken 4. Verwrongen levens 5. In die heerlijke zomertijd 6. Bittere vrucht

Deze zesde roman van Mari Jungstedt speelt zich af op het Zweedse eiland Gotland. Het is een toeristische eiland en de zomer nadert, dus wordt het weer druk met vakantiegangers. De politie heeft te maken met een zware mishandeling van een jongen in een discotheek. Deze wordt uitgebaat door Viktor Algård. Hij heeft hiero...more
Marlene Santos
I have loved all the crime books I have read of this author.
I'm Reading her books in spanish since there are no portuguese translations yet, which is a pity.
The main characters are almost real people and the crimes always have a lot of twists and turns before being solved, which makes us want to go on Reading til it ends...
The love story between Emma and Johan, makes love story readers very happy.
I highly recommend this autor's books.
Sue
Excellent, pacey whodunnit - who would want to kill an art dealer/gallery island on the island of Gotland. There are so many twists and turns in this tale that I really did not see the result coming. Some clever detective work by Knutas and his team, and dangerous investigation by Johan the journalist lead to a very exciting and suspense-filled denouement. The story had travelled a long way from a body being suspended over a gate in the city wall! Good one :)
Kathy S
If it weren't for the setting (Gotland) and learning about Swedish artists, this book would have been pretty much worthless. The solution for the mystery seemed to come out of nowhere, and this saga of Johan and Emma is irritating and unnecessary. I don't care about them, especially Emma. I'll try the next in the series, but if it doesn't get better, that's it for me.
Yolanda
La saga de Anders Knutas comenzó bien pero llegados a este punto se ha vuelto aburrida y repetitiva. Este libro en concreto se lee sin pena ni gloria, los diálogos no podrían ser más escuetos, las escenas finales donde ha de resolverse el caso aparecen atropelladas y en dos o tres páginas te cierra el libro. Como para dejar de leer la saga.
Stephkay
FIRST: 1-star rating, review on goodreads

This book
- Suffers from obviously weak translation
- Spends too much time on the character's personal, one-dimensional and inconsequential personal lives
- Refers heavily and obviously to previous books in the series, but not in a way that is constructive towards THIS book.
- Has a resolution which is, how can I say, half out of nowhere and half predictable. Predictably pulled out of thin air? A cliche of "unexpected" twists.

I bought this book for 1EUR and t...more
Patricia
This one was even better than the first one. And I knew who the killer was kind of early on, very unusual in me, but the pace and the story were so good that it didn´t matter.
salelbar
3.5/5

Another Scandinavian murder-mystery. Quite enjoyable with some likeable characters. Read out of sequence but I didn't find it a hindrance.
Sharonm
This fourth (of four so far) Anders Knutas mystery set on the island of Gotland in Sweden, was my least favorite of the bunch. The plot line involves men in the art gallery business who are being killed, and homosexuality plays a role. I found the motivation of the killer to be unconvincing, and the sense of menace and urgency at the end of the book that Jungstedt is usually so good at producing was lacking. Even the love relationship between Jonas and Emma, which has been developing over the se...more
Janice
Swedish mystery writer Jungstedt writes fast paced and suspenseful plots
Licking County Library
Recommended by Bonnie S. , Adult Services
Susan
The island of Gotland in Sweden is the setting for Jungstedt&'s fourth novel featuring Det. Supt. Anders Knutas A respected art dealer is murdered, his body left hanging from the Dalman Gate in the medieval town of Visby. Knutas and his assistant, Det. Insp. Karin Jacobsson, are on the case and on the trail of the killer. A famous Swedish painting, The Dying Dandy, is stolen and the theft is linked to Wallin&'s death. Some very creepy parts but definitely worth a read.
Whitney
*won off Goodreads first reads*


i hate to sound like a broken record, cause i'm sure my review will sound similar to all the others, so i'll keep it short. No suspense to this, at least for me. The main character was lacking in personality. Although the descriptions were indeed wonderful, they weren't good enough for me to rate this book higher than a 2.Killer's Art
Dan
Gallery owner Egon Wallen is planning on leaving his wife, but instead is soon found hanging from a gate. But he didn’t commit suicide and was murdered. Soon a famous painting is stolen and the story unfolds, we learn that the two are connected and it is up to inspector Anders Knuta to makes sense of it all.

A complex plot with one-dimensional characters and a translation that made it more confusing for me. I did not care for this story.
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Mari Jungstedt is a Swedish journalist and popular crime fiction author.

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
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