Search Results: "Henning Mankell"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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KENNEDY’S BRAIN by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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FIREWALL by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE RETURN OF THE DANCING MASTER by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >