The Killer’s Art
The Killer’s ArtMari Jungstedt
Mari Jungstedt is a major Swedish Crime sensation: 15 books published in 17 languages. THE KILLERS ART is the fourth book in her Gotland series.
A cold Sunday morning, a man is found murdered, hanged in one of the entrances of the old wall that surrounds Visby, the capital of Gotland. The victim is the well-known art gallery owner Egon Wallin, who the evening before held a successful exhibition opening for a Lithuanian artist. Soon after starting his investigation, Inspector Anders Knutas realises that Egon Wallin was on the verge of leaving Gotland and his wife of twenty years behind – but for what? When the famous painting “The Dying Dandy” by Nils Dardel is stolen in Stockholm, disturbing links to the murder of Egon Wallin slowly start to surface, taking us from the refined and elegant art world, into an underworld of prostitution and drugs.
Gotland’s spectacular scenery, wild weather and the isolation of the island make it the perfect setting for a crime series that plays on the hair-raising feeling that someone is watching you. The series follows Inspector Anders Knutas, who has worked for the Visby police force for thirty years. He has an ailing marriage, and harbours secret feelings for his co-worker Karin Jacobsson, a bundle of energy who is strangely secretive about her private life. Knutas and Jacobsson’s investigations take them into the secluded homes and dark secrets of the Gotland citizens they serve to protect.