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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (29 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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455185764
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The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case, except that there is no obvious suspect. Wallander follows a lead on a determined stalker, but when his alibi turns out to be airtight, Wallander begins to realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex and dangerous. Eventually, his search uncovers an assassination plot, and Wallander soon finds himself in a tangle with the secret police and with a ruthless foreign agent.

A riveting tale of international intrigue with compelling insights into the sinister side of modern life, The White Lioness keeps you on the knife edge of suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This exciting novel is both a meticulous police procedural and a tense, believable political thriller…Hill is an award-winning narrator, and it’s easy to see why. He keeps the pace moving briskly and finds voices for the characters that help define their personalities.”

    Kliatt

  • “Dick Hill translates Mankell’s minimalist narrative style without flashiness and generates tension at the same time, an impressive feat. Hill seamlessly switches viewpoints and accents among Swedish, Russian, and South African characters with absolute believability.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Writerlibrarian | 2/20/2014

    " This is my third Mankell in about 6 weeks. I'm just under the spell of Kurt Wallander. I'm probably gonna begin "Sidetracked" tonight. I'm like an addict. I have to skip one in the chronology because it's not available (I've put a hold on it at the library) but since they are not published in order in French it doesn't really matter but I like really in chronological order. One of my "bizarre" habit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. | 2/15/2014

    " This book was excellant. It was quite a long one but totally worth readng. It starts out with the killing of a woman and just goes haywire from there, all tied to the planned assassination of Nelson Mandela. Wow, what a story! I love how Mankell takes real world events and makes them into such a great work of fiction. Read this!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Scott | 2/15/2014

    " Better than the first two. It's a little frustrating because Wallander's behavior is not normal (and would normally get him in trouble) and the key clues he needs are, well, serendipitous. But the story is good, the pacing is very good, and the story as a whole fits together well for a novel that splits its time between Sweden and South Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Granger | 2/13/2014

    " It's another great book in the series by Mankell. There were a couple stumbles where the plot was propped up by flimsy events. But the whole was good so I quickly forgave these slight blips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Ballin | 2/10/2014

    " Pretty good--very sudden ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spinster | 2/10/2014

    " I didnt like this one at all, and only finished it because of wanting to see what happens to the characters. The stuff about Mandela and DeKlerk was interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlo Carlini | 2/9/2014

    " Definitely not the best of the Wallander series. The multilayer plot is not very smooth and the "african" characters, especially Kleyn, are so stereotypical that at times it's very hard to suspend disbelief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/6/2014

    " Totally enjoyed this book start to finish. Very nice political twists and quite thought provoking. Sweden to South Africa and back. This book explains to me why Kurt feels so lost in future cases and connects his personal and professional life very nicely. Very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/29/2014

    " This mystery is set in both Sweden and S. Africa. Inspector Kurt Wallender is again tirelessly investigating a succession of murders. What seems a simple local affair involves some very complex international schemes. I found myself doing some checking on the history of S. Africa. Our hero inds that his co-coworkers care a great deal about his well-being as the story unfolds and Wallender is almost overcome with exhaustion. This is another engrossing Mankell book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona715 | 1/18/2014

    " A little too spread out to be a great Wallender book but the writing is good and Wallender is fascinating as always so I can't really complain. If they gave 1/2 stars, I'd call this 3-1/2 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patti | 12/29/2013

    " Not as good as the others in this series. Too much politics and not enough mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 12/8/2013

    " Started off well, became a bully pulpit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tracy belle | 10/18/2013

    " This one is the best (so far). South African race relations explored (during DeKlerck/Mandela right after apartheid supposedly ended) Daantje, as a Durbanite you would appreciate this one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefan Michener Michener | 8/14/2013

    " Sweden seems to be a country that attracts post-Cold War KGB-types. They use the area around Ystad (Wallander's home) to train South African assassins. Things go wrong for the assassins and Wallander stumbles into an international conspiracy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Leach | 5/18/2013

    " An enjoyable but uneven thriller in which Wallander gets mixed up in a plot to assassinate the South African president. Not one of Mankell's best but still very readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Eggers | 4/27/2013

    " This book got bogged down a bit in the middle by the political statement but picked up again when Wallander re-entered the scene. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 12/5/2012

    " Loved the first 60 pages or so....then this one became my least favorite Henning Mankill. The South African plot was interesting but I found so much of the storyline unbelievable that I was not extremely interested in it and finished it somewhat begrudgingly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 7/14/2012

    " Lots of African history in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/26/2012

    " Henning Mankell is my favorite thriller author by far. Compelling plots, but also well developed characters and themes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 7/29/2011

    " Oh my God, I am never going to finish listening to this book. I keep falling asleep and then forgetting where I was in the story. Ugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 5/18/2011

    " Wallander mystery set in Sweden and South Africa. Too many characters and too much of the author's political views on Apartheid but all-in-all enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 5/2/2011

    " To say too much about this book would spoil other people's enjoyment of it. It's an excellent, well written thriller that magically binds yet another murder in Ystad with events taking place on the world stage "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 False | 4/28/2011

    " I've been reading through the series. I wasn't as enamoured of this one, but that's because I have little interest in South Africa. He continues to capture these small moments of humanity: a headache, a hangover, a flat tire. I've been busy falling in love with Kurt Wallander. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/12/2011

    " I got lost in this book and then life would get busy so I would put it down and then pick it up and get lost again...it was good but not great. The story line was intriguing but things got "lost in translation" at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nedra | 4/2/2011

    " For me this was much better than the other one I read by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 3/27/2011

    " I was very disappointed with this Kurt Wallender book by Henning Mankell. Maybe he just took on too large a topic - apartheid in South Africa- but I found many of the characters' actions and assumptions to be implausible. So much of the story just did not "hang together." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annika | 3/22/2011

    " His books are too depressive for me - but my father for example loves them... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Piret | 3/12/2011

    " Väga hariv buuride koha pealt ;)) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 2/28/2011

    " The third in the Wallander series shows a significant shift in narration, adding at least three other points of view, not including Wallander's. Watching the change in Mankell's style from the first to this book shows he's really trying to perfect his voice. "

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About the Author
Author Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948–2015) was Sweden’s most-read author worldwide. His novels, which include the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, have been translated into thirty-seven languages with more than thirty million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize. He divided his time between Sweden and Mozambique, where he worked as a director at Teatro Avenida.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.