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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099571692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099571698
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

"The real test of thrillers of this kind is whether you want to spend more time in the detective's company. I certainly do" (Sean French Independent)

"Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around, strong on characterisation, plotting and atmosphere. Highly recommended" (Peter Gutteridge Observer)

"Superbly crafted detective stories" (Christopher Gray Oxford Times)

Book Description

When a pillar of the local community vanishes, Inspector Kurt Wallander has a feeling the victim will never be found alive, but he has no idea how far he will have to go in search of the killer...

Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Sidetracked.

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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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By A Customer on 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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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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By A Customer on 22 Nov. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Inspetor Wallander is called in to investigate a missing persons case only to become embroiled in an international investigation crossing borders and topical issues.
Wallander is believable as a character for a clutch of reasons. He is no stranger to personal failure whether it be when his washing has to be done or his family affairs. He has questions about his job and his society as all generations have and he is just not sure about the answers, or whether he wants them.
Mankell performs a careful and successful balance of police procedure and strong plot, an enjoyable read.
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