Books by Henning Mankell

Bestselling novelist and playwright Henning Mankell has received the German Tolerance Prize and the Macallan Golden Dagger and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize three times. Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambiqu

AFTER THE FIRE by Henning Mankell
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A bracing look at a twilight year in the life of an old man who, when confronted daily by perfectly good reasons for giving up altogether, doesn't so much rise above as plow stoically through them."
Eight years after his barren but settled life was harrowed by a series of once-in-a-lifetime crises (Italian Shoes, 2009), ignominiously retired surgeon Fredrik Welin is beset by an even more traumatic event in this final novel by the creator of beloved police detective Kurt Wallander. Read full book review >
QUICKSAND by Henning Mankell
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"'I have written about crime because it illustrates more clearly than anything else the contrasts that form the basis of human life,' writes Mankell. After digesting these piercing intimations of mortality, readers will suspect that some subjects illustrate those contrasts even more clearly."
Diagnosed with the cancer that would take his life in 2015, the creator of the Kurt Wallander mysteries (An Event in Autumn, 2014, etc.) casts an impassioned eye on life and death. Read full book review >
AN EVENT IN AUTUMN by Henning Mankell
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"As a bonus, Mankell (A Treacherous Paradise, 2013, etc.) appends a reminiscence of Wallander's creation and a brief account of this tale's composition that includes its saddest sentence: 'There are no more stories about Kurt Wallander.'"
Great news for fans who feared they'd see no more of Kurt Wallander: a characteristically melancholy novella whose events take place in 2002, just before those of Wallander's last appearance (The Troubled Man, 2011). Read full book review >
Released: July 9, 2013

"Hanna's adventures, based on elliptical hints from the journal of a real-life Swedish madam in 1905 Mozambique, make a story as magical as a fairy tale and just about as brutal too."
The chronicler of Kurt Wallander (The Troubled Man, 2011, etc.) sets his sights on something dramatically different: the African odyssey of a young turn-of-the-century Swedish woman that's based on facts—just not very many facts. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLED MAN by Henning Mankell
Released: March 29, 2011

"Though shivering in the winter of his discontent, Wallander will grip the reader hard. Flawed and occasionally exasperating, he is that rare thing: a true original."
Swedish detective Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander (The Pyramid, 2008, etc.) makes a riveting 10th appearance in the strange case of the spy who was and wasn't. Read full book review >
DANIEL by Henning Mankell
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"An ambitious, flawed but compelling addition to the Mankell canon."
A haunting novel by the Swedish mystery master, one that proceeds from the indelible to the inscrutable. Read full book review >
THE MAN FROM BEIJING by Henning Mankell
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Breathtakingly bold in its scope. If Mankell never links his far-flung, multigenerational horrors closely together, that's an important part of his point."
A sweepingly ambitious tale of corruption, injustice and revenge that ranges over three continents and 140 years, from the creator of Swedish police detective Kurt Wallander (The Pyramid, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE LEOPARD by Henning Mankell
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Readers will remember the indomitable Sofia—whose tale is based on real events—long after they close the book. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Ten years have passed since the events described in Mankell's powerful novel Secrets in the Fire (2003), which chronicled the heartbreaking experience of nine-year-old Sofia, who lost both her legs after stepping on a land mine. Read full book review >
WHEN THE SNOW FELL by Henning Mankell
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"This third entry in the series is more successful than the second; readers will reconnect with Joel's essence and wonder what the next year will bring. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Joel (A Bridge to the Stars, 2007, and Shadows in the Twilight, 2008) is now almost 14 and feeling all the bewildering emotions that growing up entails. Read full book review >
ITALIAN SHOES by Henning Mankell
Released: April 1, 2009

"Mankell (The Eye of the Leopard, 2008, etc.) provides a moving test of Welin's belief that 'people are close to each other so that they can be parted.'"
The creator of police detective Kurt Wallander presents a tale of mortal reckoning in which all the deaths are natural but none the less powerful. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Four OK stories capped by a perfect gem of a novella, 'The Pyramid,' which no fan of Wallander (The Man Who Smiled, 2006, etc.) should miss."
The early adventures of Kurt Wallander, that most human of all fictional detectives, are revealed in a collection of short mysteries. Read full book review >
Released: July 8, 2008

"A disappointing sequel. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Six months after the events in Bridge to the Stars (2007), Joel is almost 12 and remains a loner, living as much in his imagination as in the real world. Read full book review >
THE EYE OF THE LEOPARD by Henning Mankell
Released: May 1, 2008

"The tension never relaxes, and most readers will surely persevere through the final blood-soaked, despairing pages, which attain a truly mesmerizing power."
This previously untranslated novel from the Swedish author, best known for his Kurt Wallender mysteries, tells the complex story of a rootless Swede's perilous and disillusioning African experience. Read full book review >
A BRIDGE TO THE STARS by Henning Mankell
Released: Dec. 11, 2007

"Compelling. (Fiction. YA)"
Eleven-year-old Joel lives with his father in a remote village in the north of Sweden. Read full book review >
KENNEDY’S BRAIN by Henning Mankell
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Louise is such a powerhouse that she almost salvages a plot too meandering to be persuasive."
Mankell shelves his estimable Kurt Wallander series (The Man Who Smiled, 2006, etc.) for a stand-alone about murder, conspiracy and an obsessive quest. The results are mixed. Read full book review >
DEPTHS by Henning Mankell
Released: April 2, 2007

"Simply extraordinary."
About as profound as modern fiction gets, this depth-charge of a love story moves toward its tragic end with colossal certainty. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO SMILED by Henning Mankell
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"Slow as an ice floe, but the Wallander Weltschmerz maintains its peculiar grip."
Will Ystad, the midsized Swedish city that never thaws, have to bid farewell to the brilliant/vulnerable/Maigret-like Detective Chief Inspector who's kept it law-abiding all these years? Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2006

"Only for those who can believe in a wise, courageous, sensitive, ten-year-old visionary. Skeptics can bypass."
Mankell departs from his distinguished Kurt Wallander crime series (Before the Frost, 2005, etc.) for the strange, sad tale of an African country boy who suffers too much and dies too young. Read full book review >
BEFORE THE FROST by Henning Mankell
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Though Mankell's novels can be painfully slow, they're never without their virtues, and this case is redeemed by the electricity between a father and daughter too much alike."
Series mainstay Kurt Wallender makes room for his daughter. Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 2004

"While some over-the-top plotting keeps this series debut a notch below Mankell's best, his audience will surely approve the new guy too heartily to inflict a serious hit."
Furloughing series hero Kurt Wallender (The Dogs of Riga, 2003, etc.), Mankell introduces Detective Stefan Lindman and saddles him with Wallender-like Weltschmerz. Read full book review >
THE DOGS OF RIGA by Henning Mankell
Released: April 24, 2003

"When Mankell keeps his cases under 400 pages, his pacing benefits exponentially, producing this time a near-flawless performance in a distinguished series (Firewall, 2002, etc.)."
The head of homicide in Ystad, Sweden, is Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander—a good cop, a good man, but not exactly prepossessing. Read full book review >
FIREWALL by Henning Mankell
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Though the case is as overstuffed as you'd expect from exhaustive Mankell (The Fifth Woman, 2000, etc), resolute Wallander, lonely, unhappy, even at times desperate, is as magnetic as ever."
Despite 30 years of down-and-dirty police work, there are some things Swedish Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander's never seen, and he finds the murder of an Ystad cab driver by two middle-class girls, one barely a teenager, impossible to accept, depressing enough to generate first-time thoughts of quitting. Read full book review >
ONE STEP BEHIND by Henning Mankell
Released: Feb. 28, 2002

"Maigret lives in this brilliant police procedural, the best of Wallander's adventures to date."
In Ystad, the middle-sized Swedish city that Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander (The Fifth Woman, 2000, etc.) tries to keep law-abiding, it seems he's succeeding: big crime has taken a holiday during a decorous summer. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH WOMAN by Henning Mankell
Released: Aug. 2, 2000

"Much too long, and paced like a Swedish winter, but Wallander—solidly in the tradition of tough, brilliant, but oh so vulnerable coppers—almost saves the day."
Ystad is not a mean-streets sort of town, so that when three murders materialize in a space of time unsettlingly short, the first thing Swedish police inspector Kurt Wallander must figure out is whether the cases are connected. Read full book review >
SIDETRACKED by Henning Mankell
Released: May 1, 1999

"Though the punishing length and glacial pace of glum Wallander's third (The White Lioness, 1998, etc.) may put off casual visitors, connoisseurs of the police procedural will tear into this installment like the seven-course banquet it is."
Under ordinary circumstances, the suicide of an unknown teenager would get Inspector Kurt Wallander's undivided attention, especially because she poured gasoline over her head and set herself aflame right in front of the horrified, helpless Wallander. Read full book review >
THE WHITE LIONESS by Henning Mankell
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"But 560 pages of this would hobble the pace, and dim the charisma, of just about any protagonist."
The second in a series chronicling the adventures of Sweden's Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander (Faceless Killers, 1997), and a Viking-sized saga it has grown to be. Read full book review >
FACELESS KILLERS by Henning Mankell
Released: March 3, 1997

"Readers who think of Sweden as snow-white are in for a surprise."
Who would so savagely kill an elderly farming couple in the Swedish town of Lenarp—the husband gruesomely tortured, the wife slowly strangled with a noose tied in an unusual knot—and then step out to the couple's barn to feed their horse? Read full book review >