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  • Location: Gotland



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2000s: The second outing for Anders Knutas

  • ISBN: 978-0552156134
  • Genre: Crime, Police Procedural, Suspense

What you need to know before your trail

The dead man was a drunk; a regular on the park benches of Gotland’s city centre. He had been celebrating winning 80,000 Krona at the races. His body is discovered by one of his drinking buddies: he is drenched in blood and someone or something has left a hole the size of a fist in the back of his head.

It’s winter on the island of Gotland. The tourists have returned home. The tree branches are bare, the sky is sleet grey and the days are getting shorter and darker. Winter is a quiet time for Chief Inspector Anders Knutas and Detective Karin Jacobsson; the tourists tend to take the violent crimes with them back to the mainland. To keep their lives simple, they are tempted to assume that the victim died as a result of a drunken brawl over money. But all of the clues point to something far more sinister.

Then 14-year old Fanny Jansson, a volunteer at the local stables, vanishes. At first Knutas and Jacobsson find it hard to believe that the two cases are linked: one is a violent murder, the other, the disappearance of a lonely and isolated child who has probably run away. Painstakingly, they work the clues, assisted by ambitious TV reporter Johan Berg. But what none of them realise is that truth is much closer to home than they’d ever imagine.

Travel Guide

Travel BookTrail style to Gotland, Sweden with Anders Knutas

The island of Gotland is remote and it’s captive to the elements from every angle. The Baltic Sea surrounds it on all of its jagged sides and it’s a long way from the mainland. A long way from life itself…For some, this should be a nice place to relax, get away from it all and spend time in the coastal villages there. Not when Anders Knutas and Mari Jungstedt are your guides however….

D.S. Anders Knutas, head of the criminal division of the Visby police force might have a smaller community and area to patrol but on such a small island, the community is known to them but the island is soon awash with death and murder.

This is Swedish crime novel with a difference – the sense of isolation, the unique island mentality and the relationships between locals, outsiders and foreigners is examined. The role and methodology of the island police is also revealed to be more complex that first thought.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Unspoken

Destination: Gotland  Author/guide: Mari Jungstedt  Departure Time: 2000s

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