The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander #4)

Author(s): Henning Mankell; Laurie Thompson (Translator)

Crime

The New York Times called Henning Mankell "that unusual thing: a European thriller writer whose work holds up as literature and who has broken out as an international phenomenon," and his brilliant creation Detective Kurt Wallander is worthy of comparison to Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's Martin Beck and P.D. James's Adam Dalgliesh.


 


The Man Who Smiled begins with Wallander deep in a personal and professional crisis after killing a man in the line of duty; eventually, he vows to quit the Ystad police force for good. Just then, however, a friend who had asked Wallander to look into the death of his father winds up dead himself, shot three times. Ann-Britt Hoglund, the department's first female detective, proves to be his best ally as he tries to pierce the smiling facade of his prime suspect, a powerful multinational business tycoon. But just as he comes close to uncovering the truth, the same shadowy threats responsible for the murders close in on Wallander himself.


 


All of Mankell's talents as a master of the modern police procedural--which have earned him legions of fans worldwide--are showcased in The Man Who Smiled, which is the fourth of the eight Wallander books published thus far in English.

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A disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted in this gripping thriller

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

General Fields

  • : 9780099571728
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : 0.309
  • : May 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 28mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 448
  • : 839.7/374
  • : English
  • : 812
  • : Paperback
  • : Henning Mankell; Laurie Thompson (Translator)