When construction company owner Peter Bovide is found dead on the beach (shot repeatedly), the police have few clues. DS Karin Jacobsson is in charge because her boss, DS Anders Knutas, is on vacation. They discover that Bovide felt that he was being watched and had been receiving anonymous silent phone calls. This leads them to believe that he was specifically targeted, rather than a random victim. Meanwhile, journalist Johan Berg is reporting on the case and interviewing people on his own--sometimes he even seems more on the trail of the killer than the police. The Dead of Summer is the fifth book in the Anders Knutas series and is one of the weaker ones. The reader knows where the story is going and who murdered Bovide pretty early on. The book serves more to further the lives of characters Karin Jacobsson and Johan Berg.