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The Killer's Art Book Review

By Angela Youngman Nov 30, 2011, 20:39 GMT

The Killer's Art  Book Review

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. His was a very public death, but who killed him and why? As Inspector Knutas begins his investigation, Egon\'s secrets quickly begin to come to the surface. He died on the eve of leaving his wife. ...more

Outwardly very successful, art dealer Egon Wallin seems to have all that he desires.  A successful show with a new artist sets the cash tills rolling.  Next morning, Wallin is found dead, hanging from the top of a very large gate in the port city of Visby.  As Inspector Knutas begins to investigate, Egon's secrets begin to surface. 

His wife is horrified to find divorce papers in his desk, along with plans to move to Stockholm.  Then comes the discovery of his links with the gay community and a host of stolen works of art are found at the back of the art gallery.  Just what has he been involved in? 

And who killed him? Answers to the last question are not easy to find, and involves hidden secrets going back many, many years. As more murders occur, the looming tragedy affecting several families becomes ever greater.

Mari Jungstedt is definitely one of the best of the new breed of crime writers coming out of Scandinavia. 

It is a  nice complex story, with plenty of confusion and red herrings; along with good characterization.  Worth reading.  I look forward to more books by this promising author.

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