Midsummer approaches, and Inspector Kurt Wallander prepares for a holiday with the new woman in his life, hopeful that his wayward daughter and his ageing father will cope without him.
But his restful summer plans are thrown into disarray when a teenage girl commits suicide before his eyes, and a former minister of justice is butchered in the first of a series of apparently motiveless murders. Wallander's desperate hunt for the girl's identity and his furious pursuit of a killer who scalps his victims will throw him and those he loves most into mortal danger.
WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER
Wallander's investigations are perfectly judged to create a thrilling mood of growing tension culminating in a satisfying climax
Wonderfully bleak thrillers...somehow unremitting and gripping at the same time
Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around. Highly recommended
Sweden's answer to Morse and Wexford
Gripping... Expert plotting