Search Results: "Henning Mankell"


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FACELESS KILLERS by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE WHITE LIONESS by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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A BRIDGE TO THE STARS by Henning Mankell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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 >

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A TREACHEROUS PARADISE by Henning Mankell
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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THE TROUBLED MAN by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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ITALIAN SHOES by Henning Mankell
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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AN EVENT IN AUTUMN by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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SHADOW OF THE LEOPARD by Henning Mankell
FICTION
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 >

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BEFORE THE FROST by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE DOGS OF RIGA by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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AFTER THE FIRE by Henning Mankell
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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CHRONICLER OF THE WINDS by Henning Mankell
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 >