A girl commits suicide in baffling circumstances. Three vicious murders shatter the tranquillity of the Swedish province of Skåne. Is there a connection? Inspector Kurt Wallander must find out.
Midsummer approaches, and Wallander prepares for a holiday with the new woman in his life, hopeful that his wayward daughter and his ageing father will cope without him. But his summer is ruined when a girl commits suicide before his eyes, and a former minister of justice is butchered in the first of a series of apparently motiveless murders. Wallander’s hunt for the girl’s identity and his furious pursuit of a killer who scalps his victims will throw him and those he loves most into mortal danger.
“Wonderfully bleak thrillers...somehow unremitting and gripping at the same time”
Sean French, Independent
“Mankell could turn you to crime”
“Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around. Highly recommended”
“Wallander's investigations are perfectly judged to create a thrilling mood of growing tension culminating in a satisfying climax”