The First Wallander Cases
By Henning Mankell
(Vintage, Paperback, 9781400095827, 416pp.)
Publication Date: October 6, 2009
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The missing piece of the internationally bestselling Kurt Wallander mystery series: the story of Kurt Wallander's beginnings.
Revealing a side of Wallander that we have never seen, the long stories collected in The Pyramid are vintage Mankell. Here, we see Wallander on his homicide first case as a twenty-one-year-old patrolman, as a young father facing unexpected danger on Christmas Eve, as a middle-aged detective with his marriage on the brink, as a newly separated investigator solving the brutal murder of a local photographer, and finally as a veteran detective, with his signature methodical and instinctive work style, discovering unexpected connections between a downed plane and the assassination of a pair of spinster sisters. In these five riveting tales we watch Kurt Wallander come into his own not only as a detective but as a human being
Internationally bestselling novelist and playwright Henning Mankell has received the German Tolerance Prize and the U.K.’s Golden Dagger Award and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize three times. His Kurt Wallander mysteries have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he has worked as the director of Teatro Avenida since 1985.
"A marvel of spare, purposeful prose and artful storytelling."--St. Petersburg Times
"Excellent. . . . Sure to bring [Mankell's] fans stampeding back into the fold."--The New York Times
“Absorbing, chilling, and dripping with evil atmosphere.”–The Times, London
“Superb. . . .Mankell has mastered his craft."--Tampa Bay Tribune
“A triumph. . . . Mankell’s quiet specificity is mesmerizing. . . . They are surprising small masterpieces.”–Times Literary Supplement, London
“No crime writer balances genre conventions with personal concerns as well as Mankell.”–Boston Globe
“Kurt Wallander remains one of the most impressive and credible creations of crime fiction today.” –The Guardian, London
“This book is Mankell in top form. . . . For Mankell/Wallander fans [it is] a must read.”–The Midwest Review
“The Wallander series . . . [is] essential reading for all crime fiction fans, and this collection adds an indispensable chapter to the saga.”–Booklist