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This review is from: The White Lioness: Kurt Wallander (Mass Market Paperback)
Having lived in South Africa and Skane, Sweden for a spell this, my first Henning Mankell read was especially of interest. The whole story was fascinating, but left me with the firm impression that there is no way poor old Wallender could ever continue his role as a Chief Inspector. His disastrous life-style, poor health, immense suffering of both himself, his property, his daughter and locality because of his job, all make it impossible to imagine another Wallender story. Hence, I won't be reading another in a hurry.
This book, however, poses the unexpected involvement of a rural Swedish police station in an attempted assassination of a key figure in South African politics at the time of Mandela's release. It paints, possibly overdramatically, the apartheid scene in South Africa, in particular, the Afrikaner view of the future and the immense suffering of the black people. A very good story.