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The White Lioness by Henning Mankell
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The White Lioness (1993)

by Henning Mankell

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Series: Kurt Wallander (3)

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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. It's very long, 14+ hours. Not much of a mystery, but it goes on and on...so much that I skipped several hours and got right to the end. I didn't miss much. The book could benefit from a good culling of words. ( )
  buffalogr | Oct 28, 2018 |
Mistakes in the South African part dropped the rating for this thoughtful, well plotted and exciting story. ( )
  BridgitDavis | Oct 24, 2018 |
Another good, attention-holding Wallander mystery, this one (originally published in 1993) with South African politics very much at its heart. ( )
  JBD1 | Apr 24, 2018 |
La partenza ha lo stesso ritmo dei due romanzi precedenti; peccato che poi le anticipazioni che seguono la smorzino bruscamente e che quindi proprio il personaggio di Wallander affoghi nello spezzatino di trame immediatamente successivo rovinandosi un po' la caratterizzazione che aveva acquisito precedentemente. Le due diverse ambientazioni su cui il romanzo e' fondato sono mal gestite dall'autore: le transizioni avvengono quasi sempre nei momenti peggiori e viene spesso dato troppo spazio allo scenario sbagliato perdendo di vista quanto accade dall'altra parte, in quel momento magari piu' meritevole di essere seguita. Inoltre le transizioni spesso forniscono troppo in fretta dettagli fondamentali o, come gia' affermato, odiose anticipazioni su cosa deve avvenire dall'altra parte. Sempre la doppia narrazione tende ad ammazzare oltre al protagonista molti personaggi di contorno, soprattutto quelli gia' introdotti negli altri romanzi. Per il resto il finale e' sempre molto cinematografico e poco verosimile, ma non e' il problema principale del romanzo, meglio sarebbe stato per l'autore configurare la vicenda come spin-off del filone principale concentrandosi solo sulla parte sudafricana, facendo entrare Wallander solo in uno o due passaggi per introdurre una variabile esterna. ( )
  Mlvtrglvn | Jan 5, 2018 |
Bello, ma veramente bello!

Attualissimo l'intreccio con la realtà sudafricana, Mandela, De Klerk, equilibri instabili, privilegi difficili da abbandonare, anche se vanno contro ogni morale etica. Boeri, africani neri, tutto così risaputo, sembra acqua passata, ma molti faticano a ricordare che dopo 30 anni di prigionia Mandela fu liberato soltanto nel 1990 e divenne il primo presidente nero del sudafrica. Wallander, alle prese con un complotto di stampo internazionale, rischia il fuori gioco, dal lavoro e dalla vita. Un'indagine che mette a repentaglio la vita di sua figlia ed il suo equilibrio mentale. Un commissario con tutte le debolezze di un uomo, vicino ai più comuni esseri umani e perciò compagno fedele di tutti gli antieroi, o meglio, di quegli eroi che lo sono 365 giorni l'anno.
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0099464691, Mass Market Paperback)

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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