The Killer's Art (Anders Knutas Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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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

After this weekend his well-ordered life would be ...
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The Killer's Art (Anders Knutas Series #4)

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Overview


"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

After this weekend his well-ordered life would be turned upside-down, but he was the only one who knew what lay ahead. He had formulated the plans over the past six months, and now there was no going back. His twenty-year marriage would be over when Monday arrived.

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. When the famous painting “The Dying Dandy” is stolen in Stockholm, disturbing links to Wallin’s murder slowly start to surface, taking the reader into the glittering world of the Swedish art elite and shadowy underground of prostitution and drugs. In this spine-chilling novel, superintendent Anders Knutas is facing one of the toughest investigations in his career.

“Mari Jungstedt creates the special atmosphere of Nordic crime–that land of snow and ice that fires our imagination.”—Jane Jakeman, The Independent

"There is an icy dispassionate grip to Jungstedt’s writing that recalls Henning Mankell.”—Metro

“For some considerable time, cognoscenti of the best Scandinavian crime fiction have been aware that Mari Jungstedt’s Inspector Knutas novels are among the most rarefied and satisfying pleasures afforded by the field.”—Barry Forshaw, author of Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction Writers

“Swedish Crime fiction writer, Mari Jungstedt, keeps getting better and better. . . .[Killer's Art] is a very enjoyable book, excellently written. . ."—Nordic Bookblog

"Killer's Art is a classic demonstration of just why Mari Jungstedt is held in such high esteem.”—CrimeTime, blog

“The Killer's Art is the fourth book in the Knutas/Berg series—similar to the police procedurals of Peter Robinson. It hasn't been published in the US, which is a pity because it's one of my favorite Swedish series.”—PopGoesFiction, blog
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This 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

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/12/2013
The foggy island of Gotland provides the eerie, atmospheric setting for Jungstedt’s beautifully written fourth novel featuring Det. Supt. Anders Knutas (after 2008’s The Inner Circle). Before respected art dealer Egon Wallin can make some drastic personal and professional changes, he’s murdered, his body left to hang from the top of the Dalman Gate in the medieval town of Visby. Knutas and his assistant, Det. Insp. Karin Jacobsson, get on the trail of a deranged and vengeful killer in a case that attracts nationwide attention. The seductive tale of The Dying Dandy, a legendary Swedish painting whose theft is linked to Wallin’s death, adds depth. Knutas, a decent man, deplores the growing tastelessness of Swedish media as much as Jungstedt’s other protagonist, ethical journalist Johan Berg, in a noir novel that exposes the vicissitudes of a society in which cheating the system has become the norm. Agent: Niclas Salomonsson, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden). (Oct.)
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"…beautifully written fourth novel … a noir novel that exposes the vicissitudes of a society in which cheating the system has become the norm."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"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 policeman Anders Knutas and reporter Johan Berg and set on the island of Gotland. . . .[This] tightly written and twisty crime novel [leaves] 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!"
Library Journal, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789187173905
  • Publisher: Stockholm Text
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Series: Anders Knutas Series , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 110,309
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Mari Jungstedt has previously worked as a reporter on Swedish national public radio and television. She also had a brief career as a fashion model in New York City. Her novels featuring Superintendent Anders Knutas and the journalist Johan Berg are set on the island of Gotland, where Jungstedt resides during the summer months. Six titles have been the basis for Swedish movies. Mari Jungstedt lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and has two children.
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  • Posted May 22, 2013

    Mari Jungstedt is since long my favorite Scandinavian crime auth

    Mari Jungstedt is since long my favorite Scandinavian crime author and Killer's Art is the most exciting of her books yet. A nice mix of countryside Gotland and hectic Stockholm. An interesting interaction between the male and female inspectors. Recommended!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

    A Thriller of a Read! I read this book in one weekend as I could

    A Thriller of a Read!
    I read this book in one weekend as I couldn't put it down.  If you're looking for a chilly & fast-moving read with interesting characters and a gripping plot, you're going to love this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Steamy and thrilling, exotic and fast-paced. Heartily recommende

    Steamy and thrilling, exotic and fast-paced. Heartily recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Killer's Art is what a great crime novel should be: intelligent,

    Killer's Art is what a great crime novel should be: intelligent, suspenseful, and driven by well developed characters. I rarely give five stars, but Killer's Art is that good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    If you're looking for a book that hooks you from the start and k

    If you're looking for a book that hooks you from the start and keeps your heart and mind racing to the end, you've found it in Killer's Art. I've been a fan of Jungstedt for years, and this is one of her best works. Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

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    Interesting Concept - Was a Bit Slow

    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 close to the killer, his family is threatened.

    This was an interesting read. I have not read the other books in the Anders Knutas series but that didn’t make a difference when I was reading Killer’s Art. I have mixed feelings about this book. The first thing is that I had a hard time reading it. I just couldn’t get into the book.

    It also followed the characters personal lives a little too much for me. I wanted to find out what happened but instead I’m drawn into Johan’s discussions about what kind of wedding ceremony to plan for. This book was filled with a homosexual theme. Don’t get me wrong; what you do on your time is your own thing. But this book went a little beyond my tolerance.

    I don’t know if it was the translation or the whole Dying Danny painting issue, I just didn’t have the heart to really get that involved in it. The ending was a creepy ending but it felt like it was just tossed in there to have a last second plot twist. Mind you I also have not read the other books in the series so that may have been my problem. I just think the book was weak and could have been amped up a little more.

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    I enjoyed this book a lot. If you are a lover of Scandinavian cr

    I enjoyed this book a lot. If you are a lover of Scandinavian crime (or actually noir in general) I would recommend you to read this book. Intelligent intrigue and very suspenseful. Elegantly written!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Suspenseful, intriguing and clever. Almost impossible to put dow

    Suspenseful, intriguing and clever. Almost impossible to put down. I really, really like it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 22, 2013

    NO THANKS!

    The cover looks gory. Probably some pervert book.

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