The Inner Circle

The Inner Circle

Book - 2008
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The Inner Circle opens with an international group of young archeology students sweating on a dig on the island of Gotland, uncovering a Viking fortification dating back over a millennium. They are a fun-loving lot, partying together every night, but the good vibe turns to horror when one of them, twenty-one-year-old Martina Flochten, disappears. Her body is found a short while later, naked, bled out, and hanging from a tree. Her injuries indicate that she is the victim of a ritual killing.

Inspector Anders Knutas investigates Martina's acquaintances. Who was the mysterious lover she was supposed to have been meeting in secret and whom none of her fellow archaeologists have actually seen? What do the marks on Martina's body signify? Is there possibly a connection between Martina's death and the recent and unsolved brutal beheading of a Gotland pony? The pony was also bled out, and its head was missing---until it appears mounted on a stick outside the next victim's house.

Inspector Knutas and his team work feverishly to catch the killer, but before long there are more victims, all of whom have been killed and mutilated the same way.

Mari Jungstedt integrates a healthy dose of Scandinavian mythology in this installment of her critically acclaimed series, and also addresses current issues on Gotland, while keeping up a fast-paced and intricate plot as Knutas closes in on the killer and the secret that connects the victims. This is Swedish crime fiction at its best: dark, atmospheric, and character-driven.


Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312363789
Branch Call Number: MYS F JUN
Characteristics: 280 p. : map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-
Alternative Title: British ed. has title: Unknown


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Nov 06, 2016

THIRD BOOK IN THE Inspector Anders Knutas series

MBSL500 Aug 28, 2013

Average Swedish thriller. Not Steig Larrson quality, but kept me turning pages.

Jan 10, 2012

This is the US edition of book #3 in the Inspector Anders Knutas series set on the small and fascinating Swedish island province of Gøtland; the US publisher inexplicably changed the title for the US from the original more-fitting title (see the library’s UK edition entitled “Unknown”); the book is interesting and well constructed, well enough that it keeps one’s attention and is therefore a fast read and a rather well constructed story; but I sure wish that the translator would stop changing kilometres into miles and temperatures into Fahrenheit for the benefit of inward-looking Americans; the other downside to this book is that the ongoing reporter character keeps meddling deeply in situations in which he clearly should be working with the police; it all seems too contrived and I found myself hoping that this particular character will get killed along the way in future books of the series because he has certainly earned it

Mar 12, 2011

This author is an easy read and has a nice sense of place, giving vivid and interesting descriptions of Gotland.

However, the plot was very, very simple, there was never any doubt that the blatantly obvious suspect was the murderer. And by the end of the book, my feeling was "who cares" either about the victims or the murderer.

The novel plot depends on the police and all the experts being totally incompetent and completely unaware of their own history.

This author was recommended to me. I may read one more to see if just this story was a dud, but it will be low down on my "must read" list.

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