short stories Five short stories that answer the questions about what happened to Kurt Wallender before the start of the series written by Henning Mankell. Mankell explains in the foreward to this book that many people had written him to ask what happened the fictional Kurt Wallender before the series began. After all, when Kurt Wallender first appeared on the scene, he was forty-two, going on forty -three and had been a policeman for many years, he had married and divorced, had a child and had left Malmo for Ystad. This book then is a prequel to the Kurt Wallender Series of books.
The missing piece of the internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery series: the first cases of Kurt Wallander.
Revealing a side of Wallander that we have never seen, the long stories collected in The Pyramid are vintage Mankell. Here, we see Wallander as a twenty-one-year-old patrolman on his first homicide case, as a young father facing unexpected danger on Christmas Eve, as a middle-aged detective with his marriage on the brink, as a newly separated investigator solving the brutal murder of a local photographer, and finally as a veteran detective, with his signature methodical and instinctive work style, discovering unexpected connections between a downed plane and the assassination of a pair of spinster sisters.
In these five riveting tales, we watch Kurt Wallander come into his own not only as a detective but as a human being.