One frozen January morning at 5am, Inspector Wallander responds to what he believes is a routine call out. The woman supplies Wallander with his only clue: the perpetrators may have been foreign. But now Wallander must forget his troubles and throw himself into a battle against time and against mounting racial hatred.
One frozen January morning at 5am, Inspector Wallander responds to what he believes is a routine call out. When he reaches the isolated farmhouse he discovers a bloodbath.
An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely alive beside his shattered body, both victims of a violence beyond reason. The woman supplies Wallander with his only clue- the perpetrators may have been foreign. When this is leaked to the press, it unleashes a tide of racism.
Wallander's life is a shambles. His wife has left him, his daughter refuses to speak to him, and even his ageing father barely tolerates him. He works tirelessly, eats badly, and drinks his nights away. But now Wallander must forget his troubles and throw himself into a battle against time and against mounting racial hatred.
Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger for Sidetracked.
Henning Mankell has become a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prizewinning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries are currently dominating bestseller lists all over the globe. His books have been translated into over forty languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations- most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell devotes much of his free time to working with Aids charities in Africa, where he is also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. In 2008, the University of St Andrews conferred Henning Mankell with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to literature and to the practical exercise of conscience.
"An exquisite novel of mesmerizing depth and suspense" -- Margo Kaufman Los Angeles Times "Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around. Highly recommended" Observer "Mankell is in the first division of crime writing" The Times "An excellent thriller" Independent "By far the best writer of police mysteries today" -- Michael Ondaatje
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