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The White Lioness (Inspector Wallander Mysteries) (original 1993; edition 2009)

by Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translator)

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Title:The White Lioness (Inspector Wallander Mysteries)
Authors:Henning Mankell
Other authors:Laurie Thompson (Translator)
Info:Vintage Books (2009), Editie: paperback / softback, Paperback, 565 pagina's
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The White Lioness by Henning Mankell (1993)

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"A criminal investigation seldom follows regular day-to-day rhythms. It has its own life, its own energy. The clocks of a criminal investigation distort time, sometimes standing still, sometimes racing forward. No-one can know in advance.” (Ch 7)

Louise Akerblom, a Swedish estate agent, leaves her office in Ystad and drives into the surrounding countryside where she is to assess a property. But she never returns. Days later, she is found murdered, execution style: a single bullet to the head. The police, of course, are unaware that in the minutes before her death, she had observed several oddities about the forlorn place she had stopped to ask directions. The average-looking whitewashed house had appeared deserted with its rotting lawn furniture and its overgrown orchard; and yet housed in the barn had been two very expensive automobiles, a Mercedes and a BMW.

Shortly following the discovery of Akerblom’s body, the house where she was murdered is destroyed by high-powered explosives. Investigators find the severed finger of a black man, parts of a radio transmitter, and an unusual handgun, manufactured strictly in South Africa. Before the case is solved, it will lead Wallander and his officers deep into South African politics. They will learn there are white men aplenty, a network of them in fact, willing to do whatever it takes to make certain their interests continued to be served in South Africa – to make certain Apartheid remains intact. ( )
1 vote lit_chick | Apr 5, 2014 |
Not even going to rate this one, since I didn't finish. I expect it wasn't bad, but the fact that I put it down, misplaced it, and totally forgot I was reading it until it was time to take it back to the library tells me I just wasn't that in to it.
  duende | Feb 6, 2014 |
A post-cold War, apartheid era spy thriller set mostly in Sweden with a trigger happy Russian assassin training a South African hit man for the killing of the century. Stumble onto stage a Swedish detective who finds a black man's finger at the site of a gangland style execution of the perfect churchgoing real estate agent. He's a small town cop, often forgets to carry a gun, cries at victims funerals, and makes an awful lot of mistakes as time ticks along to the target assassination date.

Even if the plot is pure Hollywood and you can guess the ending, the writing is much much better than say Tom Clancy, with full, complicated, flawed characters, A vintage spy thriller that wanders across many borders, and makes Swedes look like sincere poster children for non-racism.

Translation felt very flowing and natural.

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  grheault | Jan 30, 2014 |
Thoughtful as always, Mankell opens up his story to include South African events in the early nineties, at the same time commenting on Sweden's open immigration policies. That's not to say that Kurt Wallander is not at the center of the story. He's there in southern Sweden, stretching the expectations of his colleagues, if not the law, as he hunts down another killer.

All in all, an insightful story from the best of Sweden's current mystery writers, without the lurid, over-the-top nonsense of the Dan Brown of Swedish mystery writers, Stieg Larsson. ( )
  wrk1 | Jan 15, 2014 |
Some of the best police procedural/mystery writing is coming out of the Scandinavian countries. Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, for example, also come from Sweden, and their work is consistently excellent. Not to mention there must ne some very good translators working on these books.
Mankell, who wrote this in 1993 as apartheid was beginning to crumble, has little love for those white South Africans who wanted to retain the status quo. In this, one of his lengthier works, his protagonist, Chief Inspector Kurt Wallender, from the small town of Ystad, is puzzled by the seemingly random death of a woman real estate agent. The case becomes more baffling when a house blows up leaving only traces of a powerful Russian-built radio transmitter and the remnants of a pistol manufactured in South Africa.
Mankell deftly – normally I dislike books with multiple points of view, but they are nicely integrated here – alternates between the committee and its representatives who are planning to assassinate Nelson Mandela in hopes of instigating a violent chaotic response from the black community that would force de Klerk to rigidly suppress it , and de Klerk’s intelligence man who has to work in secret himself to find the truth.
The albino lioness, visited by one of de Klerk’s agents on safari, becomes a metaphor not just for the South African white community, dangerous and unpredictable, but also the blindness and density of fog. What appears to be light may not be.
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  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
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Jänisniemi, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puleo, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Så länge vi fortsätter att värdera människor olika i vårt land, beroende på färgen på deras hud, kommer vi att lida av det som Sokrates kallar lögnen i djupet av vår själ. (Sydafrikas premiärminister Jan Hofmeyr 1946)

(Vem vågar leka när lejonen ryter). Afrikanskt ordspråk
English Translation : As long as we assign value to the people of our country on the basis of their skin colour, we will force them to endure what Socrates termed the lie at the depths of our souls. Jan Hofmeyr, 1946
English translation : Who dares to play while the lion roars? African Proverb
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Sent på eftermiddagen den 21 april 1918 träffades tre män på ett obemärkt café i stadsdelen Kensington i Johannesburg.
Louise Akerblom, an estate agent, left the Savings Bank in Skurup shortly after 3.00 in the afternoon on Friday, April 24.  (English)
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In peaceful southern Sweden, Louise Akerblom, an estate agent, pillar of the Methodist church, wife and mother, disappears. There is no explanation and no motive. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team are called in to investigate. As Inspector Wallander is introduced to this missing persons case, he has a gut feeling that the victim will never be found alive, but he has no idea how far he will have to go in search of the killer. In South Africa, meanwhile Nelson Mandela has made his long walk to freedom. Wallander find himself caught up in a conspiracy involving renegade members of the South African secret service and a former KGB agent, all of them set upon halting Mandela's rise to power. Faced with a world in which terrorism knows no frontiers Wallander must prevent a hideous crime that means to dam the tide of history.

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Swedish inspector Kurt Wallender investigates the murder of a woman whose body was stuffed in a well. The case has international ramifications, involving a plot against Nelson Mandela of South Africa.

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