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The White Lioness: Kurt Wallander [Mass Market Paperback]

Henning Mankell
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4 Sep 2003 Kurt Wallander (Book 3)

In peaceful southern Sweden, Louise Akerblom, an estate agent, pillar of the Methodist church, wife and mother, disappears. There is no explanation and no motive. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team are called in to investigate.

As Inspector Wallander is introduced to this missing persons case, he has a gut feeling that the victim will never be found alive, but he has no idea how far he will have to go in search of the killer. In South Africa, meanwhile Nelson Mandela has made his long walk to freedom. Wallander find himself caught up in a conspiracy involving renegade members of the South African secret service and a former KGB agent, all of them set upon halting Mandela's rise to power. Faced with a world in which terrorism knows no frontiers Wallander must prevent a hideous crime that means to dam the tide of history.



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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (4 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780099464693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099464693
  • ASIN: 0099464691
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henning Mankell has become a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prize-winning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries are currently dominating bestseller lists all over the globe. His books have been translated into over forty languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations: most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell devotes much of his free time to working with Aids charities in Africa, where he is also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo.

In 2008, the University of St Andrews conferred Henning Mankell with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to literature and to the practical exercise of conscience. www.henningmankell.co.uk

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"Well paced... a thinking man's thriller" (New York Times)

"Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around" (Observer)

"The novels become a compulsion - one reads them all" (Daily Telegraph)

"A master of atmosphere and suspense" (Los Angeles Times)

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'Mankell is in the first division of crime writing' The Times

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is another must for all lovers of well written crime thrillers, from the pen of Henning Mankell and starring Kurt Wallander, one of the best detectives created in recent times.

This is a complex tale. Almost two books in one, it tells the tale of an assassination plot in South Africa, with tendrils reaching as far as Sweden. Mankell alternates sections of the two distinct tales, the story of the plot and investigation in South Africa and the investigation by Wallander of a seemingly motiveless murder, bringing the two together and tying up the whole thing satisfactorily in the last few pages.

As with the predecessor, the excellent `Dogs Of Riga', this book tackles some weighty political and moral issues head on. Centred around the fall of apartheid and white rule in South Africa it shows the regime for what it was. He describes the lives of ordinary people, showing their preconceptions and ability to not see the truth in almost forensic detail. This section of the book is a fascinating, well researched and well written account of the period, and the moral and ethical issues arising from the situation.

The thriller component of the book is mainly contained in the Swedish strand, with Wallander's hunt for the murderer and the personal implications as the killer turns his attentions on Wallander and his family. As usual with Mankell, this is a well written and pacey bit of crime fiction, not afraid to show the mundane procedures that form an important part of any real life investigation. Things really hot up when Wallander gets on the trail of the killer, and he must push the boundaries of his abilities and moral code in order to see justice served.

Another tense, atmospheric book from Mankell.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wallander Strikes Again 5 Aug 2003
Format:Hardcover
'The White Lioness' is the sixth of Mankell's novels to be published in the UK, and the third, chronologically, to feature the uniquely appealing Kurt Wallander. Those who have already had the pleasure of reading 'Faceless Killers' or 'The Dogs of Riga' will not be disappointed: Wallander comes to life as vividly here as he did there. Echoing 'The Dogs of Riga', Wallander is placed in a plot which spans continents, involving both intuitive police-work and emotional turmoil. But unlike 'The Dogs of Riga', Wallander is always at a remove from events as he investigates an apparently motiveless murder in Sweden.
The only disappointment is that the ever-suffering Swedish detective is not in the novel more - much of the narrative concerns events in South Africa which although excellently written are never quite as compelling as the sections featuring the astute investigations of Wallander and his colleagues. However, there is still much here to recommend - great pacing, a blisteringly gripping conclusion, and a central character and location (southern Sweden) as richly textured as any you'll find in a contemporary novel, whether translated or otherwise.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacy, atmospheric and utterly believable 2 Mar 2004
Format:Hardcover
The opening of White Lioness seems innocuous and somewhat jaded; a happily married woman disappears in southern Sweden while going about her business as an estate agent. Mankell then stirs in a few surprise ingredients to spice up the recipe: an exploding house, the severed finger of a negro, the remains of a radio transmitter and the butt of a very specialised gun all add to the flavour and keep the reader turning pages with a smoothly paced build up of suspense.
The plot, as intricate as it is beautifully constructed, involves an assassination attempt on a leading South African politician and the seriously psychotic attempts by the assassin's trainer, ex KGB agent Konovalenko, to erradicate Swedish detective Kurt Wallander before Konovalenko's bosses discover that he has not only killed the assassin -as well as the missing estate agent - but also endangered the success of the mission.
Action switches effortlessly between Wallander in Sweden and the unravelling of events in South Africa during the turbulent months of 1992. Mankell's genius keeps the action ticking even as he describes the weblike intrigues taking shape behind the public masks of politicians and policemen and the multi faceted climax explodes into a confusion of strands which leave the reader gasping for air.
It is rare for a work of fiction to surpass the outrageous facts which are too often hidden from public gaze and glossed over by a politically sympathetic media - Forsythe achieved similar results with Day of the Jackal - and Mankell should be congratulated on this, his most rivetting read to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect marriage for Mankell & Branagh! 7 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
I'm spending time with another man. He writes, I read, I melt with satisfaction.
It's been hard keeping our affair under wraps and tough dividing my time between two men let alone three, if it wasn't for the fact my boyfriend can't read my mind and my best friend spends most of his time as a giant dog I just wouldn't get away with it.
I was introduced to Henning Mankell a few Christmas's ago and wow, amazing, brilliantly paced and plotted, he sets my mind on fire but keeping the magical slow, rich and brooding pace that is typically Sweden it seems.
Having read The Faceless Killers I was keen to have more, it wasn't until I read this book that I realised I'd met a master of crime, I've yet to read an equal and if anyone is out there with suggestions then please let me know. I can only say this, buy this book, not kindle but the book, infact the series.
You won't want to part with it (even in the bath) it feels like true grit in your hand, as you turn the pages you can almost hear the dialogue between characters and smell of the crisp air of Sweden as Det Wallander gives chase to his prey.
An outstanding piece of writing I recommend it immediately and for the rest of your life!!!

"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader--not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon."
E.L. Doctorow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This product is exactly how I would expect it to be should I have bought it at a high street retailer, only cheaper and I didn't need to leave home to search for it. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Thomas Crocker
4.0 out of 5 stars New author.
This was my first book by this author.The story moved from Sweden to South Africa and I learned a lot about these places. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jillinpen
5.0 out of 5 stars This story has you reluctant to put the book down
Henning Mankell can tell a story with many threads, all of which keep you guessing and anxious to pick up the book again. Read more
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I bought this book despite some dire reviews. I was not disappointed as it was an enjoyable if unbelievable read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Purdy
4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery wrapped up in an enigma
I've never watched either of the Wallander TV series and stumbled across the books by chance. I've become hooked and am now reading them in the order in which they were written as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rik Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Good plot - lots of twists and turns - unexpected outcomes - a good read. I was on holiday so I didn't have to put it down which was a good thing!
Published 2 months ago by Jodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa thriller
Henning writes with realism and explores a volatile period in South Africa's history. The plot is plausible and the reader is drawn into the story.
Published 2 months ago by Elza Gericke
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Wallander story.
I'm reading all of these books in the wrong order, but that doesn't matter. Each Wallander novel stands on its own, and if you want to read this one without having read any of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great ook from Mankell
A great read. Gripping as usual with a great political twist. The connection with De Klerk and Mandella was inspired.
Published 3 months ago by Nancy Creamer
3.0 out of 5 stars Mankell takes time to get used to.
I have always loved this genre and decided to give these books ago because I heard so many good comments about them. Read more
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