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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,266 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henning Mankell Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kurt Wallander Mysteries Release Date:
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On Midsummer’s Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in eighteenth-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander’s most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can’t begin to imagine how.

Reeling from his father’s death and facing his own deteriorating health, Wallander tracks the lethal progress of the killer. Locked in a desperate effort to catch him before he strikes again, Wallander always seems to be just one step behind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Satisfying in a way that has less to do with the wonders of forensic science than with the pure pleasure of rational thought.”

    New York Times

  • “Typical of the dense, intricate intelligence that Mankell brings to detection and crime writing.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Lyrical, meticulous, and stunningly suspenseful.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Sure to please those who like weighty police procedurals…Mankell’s writing is deadpan and stark, the plotting meticulous and exacting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “At the beginning of this engrossing, cerebral crime novel, narrator Dick Hill’s reading has a chilly, remote quality that seems in keeping with the Swedish environs where the book takes place. And surely that is part of Hill’s clever approach in this work…Hill’s strategy becomes clear as the tensions rise, the emotions tighten, and the bodies accumulate…Hill’s detachment eventually gives way with concussive impact, and he reveals himself as a master performer who has been unfolding a plan from the start. We have always been in expert hands.”


  • “Mankell remains central to the flowering of a new, distinctly darker strain of the European hard-boiled crime novel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debby | 2/17/2014

    " I love the Kurt Wallander series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marla | 2/9/2014

    " The mystery in the Wallander books is always good. Be prepared for a slow pace. The real story is Wallander himself. I have loved him in books 1-6, his brooding, emotional and flawed character. In this book...not so much. He's a whiner. He's depressed about his love affair gone wrong. And I just can't feel sorry for him. He had a woman who was crazy about him, he was crazy about her, but he couldn't bring himself to DO anything! He has no one to blame but himself. What does he expect? I might be too angry with him to read book 8. His behavior regarding his diabetes was just bizarre. And what is it with Swedish men urinating in public all the time?! Really? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cam | 2/4/2014

    " Quick moving - didn't want to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jakub Nowak | 1/26/2014

    " My first Wallander and I liked it immensly. Pretty different from a typical detective novel. A bit grim, a bit dark and with a great protagonist. "

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