Killer's Island

Killer's Island

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by Anna Jansson
     
 

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The Gotland Island myth of the White Sea-Lady—a young bride who drowned on her wedding night lures men into the watery depth—is conjured up one midsummer morning, just before a nurse is found murdered in a wedding dress. Detective Inspector Maria Wern is put on the case to investigate, but soon realizes she is under observation by the killer.  See more details below

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The Gotland Island myth of the White Sea-Lady—a young bride who drowned on her wedding night lures men into the watery depth—is conjured up one midsummer morning, just before a nurse is found murdered in a wedding dress. Detective Inspector Maria Wern is put on the case to investigate, but soon realizes she is under observation by the killer.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 11/11/2013
Jansson knows that to truly engage a reader in a whodunit, the victim must be someone whom the reader has come to know. Her second Maria Wern thriller to be translated into English (after 2013’s Strange Bird) rewards readers’ patience with the chilling murder of a character they’re likely to have grown attached to. And well before that, she offers up a disturbing opening scene, as Wern, a police detective on the Swedish island of Gotland, intervenes when she witnesses a boy being savagely beaten by three men—only to be assaulted herself. As she struggles to return to duty, her colleagues tackle a horrific murder in which the killer dressed the decapitated victim as a bride and placed the head in the corpse’s lap. More deaths follow before the wrenching psychological motive for the crimes is revealed, along with the culprit’s identity. Sophisticated depictions of human frailty, both among the police and civilians, make this a memorable read. (Jan.)
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"In the portrayal of the conflict between work and love, duty and pleasure, guilt and hope, Jansson exceeds the conditions of life without abandoning the people who succumb beneath them.”—Göteborgsposten, Swedish newspaper

"Probably the best book I’ve read by Anna Jansson, thrilling indeed."—Norra Västerbotten, Swedish newspaper

"As always, Anna Jansson delivers good crime novels, some in the series are better than the others and Killer’s Island is doubtless among the best."—Carola Lindström, Barnboksbloggen

"[Killer's Island] subsumes to the same genre as its forerunners: Disgusting violence, constant growing suspense, the focus on phenomena in the society and physcological explanations"—Dalarnas Tidning, Swedish newspaper

"I've been watching the Maria Wern TV series, produced by Swedish television and broadcasted in the US by MhZnetworks, and have been waiting anxiously for some of Anna Jansson's books (on which the series is based) to appear in English translation."—International Noir Fiction, blog

Library Journal
★ 12/01/2013
On the Swedish island of Gotland, DI Maria Wern and her colleagues are confronted with a serial killer. With the first victim, a nurse dressed as a bride, Jansson cleverly weaves into her story line the ancient Norse myth of the White Sea-Lady, who lures men to their deaths. A widowed single mother raising two children and jumping back into the dating scene, Maria also must endure a tense waiting period to find out if she has been exposed to HIV. The inclusion of Harry, the island hypochondriac, adds another interesting character to an engaging mystery story. VERDICT Jansson's second book to be translated into English (after Strange Bird) is sure to be a hit with avid fans of Scandinavian crime fiction. Book clubs will find that this story provides many current and relevant topics to discuss.—Janet A. Ohles, Western Connecticut State Univ. Lib., Danbury

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789187173134
Publisher:
Stockholm Text
Publication date:
05/24/2012
Series:
Maria Wern Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
370
Sales rank:
396,303
File size:
596 KB

Meet the Author

Anna Jansson has established herself as one of Sweden's elite crime writers. Before becoming an author, she worked as a nurse and continues to do so part-time at Örebro Hospital's lung clinic. She holds frequent lectures on ethical issues related to medical care and has had several essays included in academic books related to health care. Jansson has three children and lives in Vintrosa outside of Örebro, Sweden.

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