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Killer's Art (Anders Knutas #4)

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"One of the best writers of Scandinavian crime fiction."
Harlan Coben

"Jungstedt delivers an excellent clammy atmosphere and a constant premonition of weird deaths to come. She's becoming one of Scandinavia's best crime writers, no mean compliment in a crowded field."
The London Times

"This is one of the best in Jungstedt’s captivating crime series featuring Swedish police
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Stockholm Text (first published 2006)
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Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Popular and successful art-gallery proprietor Egon Wallin is discovered hanging twenty feet up in a medieval gateway in the old city of Visby, on the Swedish island of Gotland. Homicide detective Anders Knutas and his team surge into the investigation and soon start unraveling the secrets of Wallin's life -- notably that, though married to a woman, he was unknown to her promiscuously gay. There are further deaths, a child abduction and an extremely curious art theft before the mystery is finally ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
With all the hype about Scandinavian literature, crime stories in particular, it's impossible to get only the good ones. God, I was so bored with this one.

To be honest I'm not a big fan of Scandinavian stories because I have no idea how to pronounce most of the names and it bothers me a lot. I can't focus on the story while trying out different approaches to, say, a Swedish road name. Does it sound more German or should it go with English? What does that funny letter sound like? And so I read th
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eur
Definitely one of my favourite books of the series so far. This book has a complex plot and includes a lot of information on modern Swedish art. I love the fact that these days I can google and check the paintings which adds to my appreciation of the story. Since reading the first book, I have wanted to visit Visby, but have now added Stockholm to my list. This series definitely benefits from being read in order as there are quite a few back story lines at play.
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
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.
Predecible pero buena historia, entretenida para pasar el rato. Con capítulos cortos y escritura concisa. Probablemente lea nuevamente a la autora.
Claus Maack
Once again an entertaining story but nothing more than that.
It is impossible to imagine a more dramatic and difficult site to hang a body than the medieval city walls of Visby, on the Swedish island of Gotland. The victim is Egon Wallin, the owner of a local gallery, well regarded in the competitive Swedish art world. His death occurred hours after a successful "vernissage" or public viewing to present an up-an-coming Lithuanian artist. Was is Wallin's wife who wanted him dead, or one of numerious competitors, or is there something darker and more sinist ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, this would be my least favourite book in the series so far; and yet, despite this, it was still highly enjoyable and went along at a good pace. Knutas and Jacobsson definitely make the story move and I've gotten used to their characters over so many books. I have to say that reading this series accidentally out of order actually helped with this book, a case following the apparent murder of an art dealer and the subsequent investigations that followed. I honestly wanted the perpetr ...more

Como siempre, me ha encantado, y el cuarto libro de la saga no podía ser menos. Es una lectura fácil, rápida y que mantiene el suspense durante todo el desarrollo de la novela.

Lo único que no me gusta demasiado o, simplemente es que tiene que ser así, es que Mari siempre me deja a Johan en el aire, respecto a Emma, aunque claro.... después de hacérmelo en tres libros, .qué podía esperar: empezar el nuevo libro con muchas ganas 😆😆

100% recomendable a amantes de buenos thrillers e i
Camila Torres-Schettino
Maravilloso, de principio a fin mantiene al lector atento y sin poder imaginar quién pudo cometer el crimen esta vez.
Frank De
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very thin story for 300 pages. Lots of tiring unnecassary people and non-events.
Ingrid Verschelling
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, scandie, thriller
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
Minna Pietiläinen
Perushyvää Visby-sarjaa. Nopealukuista, viihdyttävää, pikku-jännää.
Margareth Borneman
Blijft leuk om Mari Jungstedt te lezen. Helemaal als je begint vanaf deel 1, dan begrijp je de privélevens van de personages beter. Verhaal blijft tot het eind toe boeien; verrassende afloop. Volgende deel heb ik aangevraagd.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread
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
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish, recommended
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
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
Gloria Feit
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Jim Nolt
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tina Siegel
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God, I love a good, bloody murder mystery.

I particularly love a good, bloody murder mystery that features engaging characters, smart plotting, and writing that propels you forward and inward at the same time.

Enter Mari Jungstedt - she does it all.

In this book, Anders Knutas, Karin Jacobsson, and Johan Berg are plunged into a series of brutal murders that located at the center of Sweden's gay and artistic communities. Muddying investigative waters is the theft of a seminal work by the country'
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, suspense
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
Bonnie Brody
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gotland, Sweden is not known for its violence. It is a peaceful city that attracts a lot of tourists during the summer months. However, when Egon Wallin is found murdered and publicly hung up for display, the city takes on a noir bent. Egon was a generally well-liked man, a model citizen and owner of a very successful art gallery. Following an art opening, however, someone decides to kill him and this person does not stop with just Egon.

This thriller deftly goes into the torrid lives of art cura

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
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Clay Stafford
Today’s Killer Nashville Featured Books take me around the world, but they all have two things in common: non-stop suspense and brains.

“Killer’s Art” comes to us from one of Sweden’s most popular crime fiction writers Mari Jungstedt. The theft of a painting and the battered and naked body of an art dealer set this mystery in order. This well-crafted police procedural is the fourth in the series and features ongoing characters police superintendent Anders Knutas and reporter Johan Berg and takes
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
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Anders Knutas (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Unspoken (Anders Knutas, #2)
  • The Inner Circle (Anders Knutas, #3)
  • The Dead of Summer (Anders Knutas #5)
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