Author(s): Henning Mankell
Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger for Sidetracked One frozen January morning at 5am, Inspector Wallander responds to what he believes is a routine call-out. When he reaches the isolated farmhouse he discovers a bloodbath. An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely alive beside his shattered body, both victims of a violence beyond reason. The woman supplies Wallander with his only clue: the perpetrators may have been foreign. When this is leaked to the press, it unleashes racial hatred. Kurt Wallander's life is a shambles: his wife has left him, his daughter refuses to speak to him, and even his ageing father barely tolerates him. He works tirelessly, eats badly, and drinks his nights away in a lonely, neglected flat. But now, with winter tightening and his activities being monitored by a tough-minded district attorney, Wallander must forget his troubles and throw himself into a battle against time and against mounting racial hatred.
The first title in the acclaimed Inspector Wallander series
"Wallander is among the very best fictional crimebusters" Daily Telegraph "Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around. Highly recommended" Observer "An exquisite novel of mesmerizing depth and suspense" -- Margo Kaufman Los Angeles Times "Mankell is in the first division of crime writing" The Times "By far the best writer of police mysteries today" Michael Ondaatje
Henning Mankell is the prize-winning and internationally acclaimed author of the Inspector Wallander Mysteries, now dominating bestseller lists throughout Europe. He devotes much of his free time to working with Aids charities in Africa, where he is also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo.