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The White Lioness by Henning Mankell

The White Lioness (1993)

by Henning Mankell

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Series: Kurt Wallander (3)

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I admit to being a fan of Scandinavian noir and Henning Mankell was one of the great practitioners of the genre (he died in 2015 at the age of 67). This book is ample proof of that. His detective, Kurt Wallander, is not perfect but he is dogged and persistent and something of a workaholic. The villain in this book made the mistake of underestimating Wallander and comes to reluctantly admire him.

The book starts with the disappearance of a woman. She and her husband own a real estate company. She was on her way to view a property that may soon come up for sale but she got lost. The person she turned to for directions was an ex-KGB officer who was hiding away in the country training a man from South Africa to assassinate a South African dignitary with a long distance rifle. The Russian killed the real estate agent without a qualm and then dumped her body and her car. Kurt Wallander is given the case of the missing woman. He feels that she will never be found alive but he heads up an intensive search anyway. When a farmhouse explodes near their search area Wallander feels sure this is connected to the woman's disappearance. The discovery of a severed finger from a black man adds to the mystery. As the investigation proceeds it is clear that South African politics are involved. The reader actually knows more about this than Wallander does because the action moves from Sweden to South Africa where a secret committee is planning the assassination of Nelson Mandela. The white Afrikaaners believe that Mandela's death would throw the country into such turmoil that the army would be able to take control thus allowing apartheid to continue. Wallander discovers this plot bit by bit as he investigates the murder. The reader feels like cheering every time a piece of the puzzle is fitted into place. ( )
  gypsysmom | Oct 18, 2016 |
The White Lioness by Henning Mankell; (4 1/2*); (Kurt Wallander, bk 3);

I found The White Lioness to be a great surprise and an excellent read. Mankell's novel is impressive in many ways and on many levels. The characters are quite compelling. Wallander and the entire cast of Swedish police officers are wonderfully human, with a realistic mix of goof offs and good guys. The bad guys are portrayed with depth as well. They are terribly evil and coldblooded but also incredibly resourceful and quite realistically so. The historic events and characters are not unbelievable which is a big plus when reading.
I thought this to be a thrilling tale with human and realistic well rounded characters. I liked it a great deal. ( )
  rainpebble | Aug 16, 2016 |
Coming from South Africa, I found the historical inaccuracies irritating and the bias disturbing. I will read the rest of the series as I enjoy the Wallander character. ( )
  Hanneri | Feb 29, 2016 |
What starts out as the routine investigation of the execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife turns into the discovery of a plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Kurt Wallander conducts the investigation in his usual dogged manner, neglecting his health and family in the process, ultimately leading to a personal crisis. The narrative alternates between Wallander and his colleagues trying to uncover what a Russian ex-KGB agent and a black South African are up to in Sweden and South African intelligence agents trying to uncover the masterminds behind a plot to murder Nelson Mandela. There are a lot of twists and turns, along with the usual character detail that I love about the Wallander novels. ( )
  terran | Feb 18, 2016 |
Audiobook. I found this a fascinating bok because most of what is important happens outside of Sweden and outside of control or understanding of Wallender. This is the world. We like to think we're in control. The world is a very big place. ( )
  idiotgirl | Dec 25, 2015 |
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Jänisniemi, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puleo, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
Who dares to play while the lion roars? African Proverb
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Louise Åkerblom, an estate agent, left the Savings Bank in Skurup shortly after 3.00 in the afternoon on Friday, April 24.
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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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