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Publisher's Summary

In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered, and the death of the unknown woman is covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two strange murders. Holger Eriksson, a retired car dealer and bird watcher, is impaled on sharpened bamboo poles in a ditch behind his secluded home, while the body of a missing florist is discovered strangled and tied to a tree. The only clues Wallander has to go on are a skull, a diary, and a photo of three men.

What ensues is a case that will test Wallander's strength and patience, for in order to solve these murders he will need to uncover their elusive connection to the earlier unsolved murder in Africa of the fifth woman.

©1996 Henning Mankell; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The darkest of Swedish noir." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intricate plotting, chilling psychological divination, and thrilling police procedural." (Library Journal)

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  • Overall

Great listen, despite the narration

This was my first Mankell mystery and I completely enjoyed it. I love the characters, particularly the hero detective. The narration is deadpan but you quickly stop paying attention to it as you are eager to hear what happens next. Nice integration of a bit of social commentary and a perspective about contemporary politics.

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  • Heidi
  • Lake Havasu City, Azerbaijan
  • 07-08-10

Not his best

Way too many words.

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Psychobabble

Poorly researched with respect to critical facts, ie use of ether as a method of putting someone out (I am of the few still alive that has used this extensivly) The sophomoric psychic descriptions are endless and boring.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Slow moving

The story moved along at a plodding pace. The reader paused his reading at the weirdest places. The Swedish accent???? There was none. The story was a good one - but the above issues made it difficult to get through....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful