The Dead of Summer : Anders Knutas Series 5 Paperback
Part of the Anders Knutas series
"One of Scandinavia's best crime writers". (The Times). Mari Jungstedt's compelling series of novels featuring Inspector Anders Knutas continues to go from strength to strength with The Dead of Summer, the fifth crime adventure set on the island of Gotland.
Her trademark combination of rich characterisation, taut crime plots and the continuing unfolding drama of her series characters' lives add up to a mix that rivals Henning Mankell's Wallander series.
The murder of a jogger on the beach at Faro is an opportunity for Anders Knutas' newly-appointed deputy, Karin Jacobsson, to prove her worth while her boss is on holiday.
But when a second body is discovered, murdered in the same style, Jacobsson's investigations point to a horrifying conclusion.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/01/2012
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780552159951
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Review by annbury
Another blood-soaked outing on the peaceful Swedish island of Gotland with Mari Jungstadt's two protagonists, Inspector Knutas and the journalist Johann Berg. This time, in the fifth novel in the series, another major role is taken by Knutas' chief deputy, Karin Jacobsson. They are trying to figure out who put a bullet through the forehead of a family man vacationing at a campsite on the remote sub-island of Faro. That's not the last murder, and there's plenty of mystery to unravel. The sometimes cooperative, sometimes confrontational relationship between Jacob and the police continues, as does his on again off again relationship with his rather tiresome girlfriend Emma. A good mystery read, with a strong sense of place, and some interesting characters. These novels do require one to suspend the will to disbelieve, in that murder isn't really all that common in Gotland -- when I visited the island, a hotel keeper told me that there had been one murder on the island in the last 35 years. But that's true of Scandi crime fiction in general.