The White Lioness: Kurt Wallander

The White Lioness: Kurt Wallander

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By (author) Henning Mankell

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 36mm | 412g
  • Publication date: 10 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099571692
  • ISBN 13: 9780099571698
  • Sales rank: 28,507

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In 1992, in peaceful Southern Sweden, Louise Akerblom, an estate agent, pillar of the Methodist church, wife and mother, disappears. There is no explanation and no motive. Inspector Wallander and his team are called in to investigate. As Inspector Wallander is introduced to this missing person's case he has a gut feeling that the victim will never be found alive, but he has no idea how far he will have to go in search of the killer. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela has made his long walk to freedom, setting in train the country's painful journey towards the end of the apartheid. Wallander and his colleagues find themselves caught up in a complex web involving renegade members of South Africa's secret service and a former KGB agent, all of whom are set upon halting Mandela's rise to power. Faced with an increasingly globalised world in which international terrorism knows no national borders, Wallander must prevent a hideous crime that means to dam the tide of history.

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Henning Mankell has become a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prizewinning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries are currently dominating bestseller lists all over the globe. His books have been translated into forty-five languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations: most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell devotes much of his free time to working with Aids charities in Africa, where he is also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. In 2008, the University of St Andrews conferred Henning Mankell with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to literature and to the practical exercise of conscience. www.henningmankell.co.uk.

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"Well paced... A thinking man's thriller" New York Times "The real test of thrillers of this kind is whether you want to spend more time in the detective's company. I certainly do" -- Sean French Independent "Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around, strong on characterisation, plotting and atmosphere. Highly recommended" -- Peter Gutteridge Observer "Superbly crafted detective stories" -- Christopher Gray Oxford Times

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In 1992, in peaceful Southern Sweden, a young housewife, a pillar of the Methodist church, disappears and Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team are called in to investigate. But he soon discovers that the chain of events leading to her disappearance began far away in South African, where Nelson Mandela has made his long walk to freedom, setting in train South Africa's painful journey towards the end of Apartheid. Wallander's team find themselves caught up in a complex web involving renegade members of the South African secret service and a ruthless ex-KGB agent, all determined to halt Nelson Mandela's rise to power. Faced with an increasingly globalised world in which international terrorism knows no national borders, Wallander and his South African colleagues must prevent a crime that would change the face of history.