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The Man Who Smiled

Kurt Wallander (Kurt Wallander)

By Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 June 2012
Crestfallen, dejected and spiralling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Kurt Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help to investigate the suspicious circumstances in which his father has died, Kurt doesn't want to know. But when the solicitor also turns up dead, shot three times, Wallander realises that he was wrong not to listen. Against his better judgment, he returns to work to head what may now have become a double murder case. A rookie female detective has joined the force is his absence, and he adopts the role of mentor to her as they fight to unravel the mystery. An enigmatic big-business tycoon, who hides behind an entourage of brusque secretaries and tight security, seems to be the common denominator in the two deaths. But while Wallander is on the trail of the killer, somebody is on the trail of Wallander, and closing in fast.

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A disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted in this gripping thriller.

About the Author

Henning Mankell (1948-2015) became a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prizewinning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries continue to dominate bestseller lists all over the globe and his books have been translated into forty-five languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations: most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. Driven by a desire to change the world and to fight against racism and nationalism, Mankell devoted much of his time to working with charities in Africa, including SOS Children's Villages and PLAN International, where he was 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.com

Reviews

"One of his best" * The Times * "Vintage Nordic storytelling" * Observer * "Impeccable plotting" * Daily Express * "Absorbing, chilling and dripping with evil atmosphere" * The Times * "Rather in the way that Dire Straits were the Trojan horse that kickstarted the CD industry, Mankell's novels became the standard bearer for foreign crime in translation...the writer is a man of rare skills" -- Barry Forshaw * Daily Express *

EAN: 9780099571728
ISBN: 0099571722
Publisher: Vintage
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.8 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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