Mari Jungstedt is a major Swedish Crime sensation: 15 books published in 17 languages. UNKNOWN is the third book in her Gotland series.
It’s summer on Gotland and an international group of archaeology students are excavating an ancient Viking site. The camaraderie and holiday spirits of the group are shattered when one of their members, a Dutch student named Martina, disappears. When her naked body is found hanging from a tree, with what appear to be ritualistic markings on her skin, Inspector Knutas can’t ignore the echoes from Gotland’s Viking past. Martina has been killed according to the old Viking ritual of the three-fold death – a ritual that guarantees more deaths will follow.
The picturesque island of Gotland, a couple of hours south of Stockholm in the Baltic Sea, is known for its spectacular scenery and wild weather. The isolation of the island is the perfect setting for a crime series that plays on the hair-raising feeling that even when you’re alone, 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 investigate violent crimes which take them into the secluded homes and dark secrets of the Gotland citizens they serve to protect.