Like his countrymen Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, Mankell writes mysteries that connect crimes in Sweden to the rest of the world. Faceless Killers (1997), the first of his books about provincial police inspector Kurt Wallender to appear here, involved Turkish immigrants and Eastern European villains. This novel, written in 1993, links the murder of a real estate agent in Wallender's town of Ystad to South Africa, where Nelson Mandela has just been released from prison, and to Russia, where the KGB is busy planning Mandela's fate. Wallender is a classically dour but dedicated policeman whose pro.… (more)
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
Louise Åkerblom, an estate agent, left the Savings Bank in Skurup shortly after 3.00 in the afternoon on Friday, April 24.
He had realized something that had not been clear to him before. At last he realized what the white lioness in the moonlight had meant to him. First and foremost he was not an Afrikaner, a white man. He was an African.
En man som bor i ett skjul i den sydafrikanska Transkei, får i uppdrag att mörda en icke namngiven man, som senare visar sig vara Nelson Mandela. Uppdraget kommer från en grupp extremkonservativa afrikaaner som försöker behålla makten hos de vita och starta ett inbördeskrig, när apartheid monteras ner.
Samtidigt försvinner fastighetsmäklaren Louise Åkerblom i Ystad. Kommissarie Wallander inser snart att det finns ett samband mellan händelserna.