'As with the best of crime fiction, Mankell deals not only in character, plot and action, mystery and revelation, concealment and discovery, but also creates a world with its own mental and emotional atmosphere' Irish Times
'Mankell has always been an ambitious writer...this novel transcends the limits of his earlier work' Sunday Times
Surgeon Frederick Welin has lived alone on a deserted island, in self-imposed exile, since he was disgraced for trying to cover up a mistake on operating table. Then, one morning, he sees a figure struggling across the ice towards him and realises that his past is about to catch up with him.
The figure approaching him is Harriet, the only woman he ever loved, the woman he abandoned forty years ago in order to study in America. Now Harriet has tracked him down to ask him to honour a promise made many years ago: to take her to a beautiful lake, hidden deep in the forests of northern Sweden. But Welin soon discovers that Harriet has left his biggest surprise until last.
'Authoritative plotting and well-defined characterisation... an examination of the boundless human capacity for making the wrong decisions and a recognition of the challenges posed by ageing' Daily Expressshow more