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Library JournalThis is one of the best in Jungstedt’s (The Inner Circle; Unseen; Unspoken) captivating crime series featuring Swedish policeman Anders Knutas and reporter Johan Berg and set on the island of Gotland. Famed gallery owner Egon Wallin is quietly divesting himself of his old life. On the night he leaves home to run away with his lover, Wallin is murdered, and his body is hung on the historic wall surrounding Visby, the island’s capital. D.S. Knutas investigates, unraveling clues that lead to art theft, another murder, the unveiling of secret lives, and the inner, sometimes ruthless, workings of the art world. The reader also gains more insight into Berg, who gathers information, especially from Wallin’s gossipy neighbors, that is sometimes more in-depth than what the police have uncovered.
Verdict This tightly written and twisty crime novel comes together in the end with a devastating consequence for Berg, leaving series fans wanting more. It doesn’t matter if series newcomers haven’t read the previous titles; the book is so well crafted that novices can easily pick up speed. Fans of Helene Tursten or Håkan Nesser will enjoy Jungstedt! [The paperback edition of this e-original, distributed here by Consortium, will debut in fall 2013: ISBN 9789187173912. $14.95.—Ed.]—Frances Thorsen, Chronicles of Crime Bookshop, Victoria, BC
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