'A heartbreaking tale of descent into despair and darkness that serves as a totem for what great crime writing can achieve' Irish Times
'A magnificent finale, it's to be hoped that Mankell may be persuaded to revive his grumpy Nordic inspector... He is far too good to lose' Financial Times
'This is Mankell's goodbye to Detective Kurt Wallander. And by the time you get to the end, you'll be wanting another. But it would hard to beat this tale of murder and loss which leads back to the heart of the Cold War' Daily Mirror
Every morning retired naval officer Håkan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. Then, one day he fails to come home.
Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved but Håkan's son is engaged to his daughter Linda. A few months earlier, at Håkan's 75th birthday party, he was eager to talk to Kurt about a controversial incident from his past. Could this be connected to his disappearance? When Håkan's wife Louise also goes missing, Wallander is determined to uncover the truth but the investigation will force him to look back over his own past, as he comes to the unsettling realisation that even those we love the most can remain strangers to us.
And then an even darker cloud appears on the horizon...
'A perfect valedictory novel...this is Mankell at his best' Daily Expressshow more