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on 11 April 2009
This book contains 5 short stories involving the Swedish detective who was recently bought to our screens by the BBC with Kenneth Branagh in the lead role. in 'Wallander's First Case' the young policeman investigates the sudden death of a neighbour. 'The Man with the Mask' is a brilliant example of how a routine call can threaten to turn into a tragedy for a policeman as the now married Wallander walks into a seige situation. 'The Man on the Beach' finds the body of a tourist in the back of a taxi cab and Kurt and his team have to try to recreate the last known movements of the victim. 'The Death of the Photographer' has a seemingly unassuming local business man beaten to death in his studio with no clear motive available. Lastly, 'The Pyramid' sees a light aircraft crash and raises the suspicion of a drug run, whilst Wallander and his colleagues are shocked at the brutul death of two elderly sisters who ran a sewing shop.

Each story details the ordinary work the police do, running down evidence, interviewing friends and neighbours and painstakingly piecing together the reasons behind a crime. The stories are an excellent introduction to the full length novels by Henning Mankell and we get some background on Kurt, his wife (and eventually ex-wife Mona) and daughter Linda - as well as his difficult and demanding artist father whose grip on reality appears to be failing.

Hunt down a copy of this book - it will lead you straight on to the others in the series.
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on 24 May 2017
Continues to keep my interest in this depressed detective. The author makes the stories into page turners. Have to make sure that I have read them all.
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on 15 August 2017
As with nearly all his books this is a worthwhile read. I enjoyed it.
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on 23 January 2018
I bought this for a friend for Christmas and he was really pleased as he hadn't read it before.
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on 11 August 2017
Another excellent Mankell novel. Just love his characters and plot lines.
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on 2 June 2017
i find this author just wonderful
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on 13 April 2013
Great to be able to fill in the blanks of wallanders early career
In this book of short crime stories. Marvellous writing as usual from the brilliant Mr Mankell
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on 3 August 2017
There are several stories here and in them one learns something of Wallander's earlier days. Very good, as one would expect from Henning Mankell.
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on 31 August 2017
To my mind Mankell was at the top of his art when he wrote this Wallender.
A gripping read.
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on 24 January 2015
Really good short stories.
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