" This is a complex story and it is very well plotted and told. I found the characters believable and I thought that Wallander was a well-developed and credible policeman. The narrative did not jump around too much, in the way that some crime books do. The atmosphere was quite intense, but there was not so much gory detail as to be off-putting. Mankell is more concerned about showing how upsetting police work is to the people who are doing it - he doesn't seem to want to upset his readers in a gratuitous way. Overall, I think this book ticks all the boxes for anyone interested in the crime genre. "
— Kathy, 1/29/2014