Every morning Hakan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. A few months earlier Hakan was eager to talk to Kurt about a controversial incident from his past.
On a winter s day in 2008 H kan von Enke, a retired high-ranking naval officer, disappears during his daily morning walk in the Liljan-forest near Stockholm. He has recently celebrated his 75th birthday. To Kurt Wallander this becomes a highly personal case. Enke is Linda Wallander s father-in-law and the grandfather of her baby daughter. Although the investigation is handled by the Stockholm police, Wallander cannot help getting involved. When Louise von Enke,H kan s wife, also disappears under mysterious circumstances, Wallander s involvement becomes serious. Some clues point to the past, to the time of the Cold War, to right-wing extreme groups, and tohired killers from the old Eastern Europe. In particular, certain events at the beginning of the eighties, when Sovjet submarines on numerous occasions were accused of violating Swedish terrritory, play an important part. It occurs to Wallander that he may be on to a huge secret which involves espionage and the whole of Swedish postwar history. The series of events and complications are increasingly hard for him to comprehend. At the same time an even darker cloud appears on the horizon...
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.
"A heartbreaking tale of descent into despair and darkness that serves as a totem for what great crime writing can achieve" -- Declan Burke Irish Times "Magnificent" Financial Times "By the time you get to the end, you'll be wanting another. But it would be hard to beat this tale of murder and loss which leads back to the heart of the cold war" Daily Mirror "A plot as twisted and exciting as any Le Carre thriller" Daily Mail "It's a fine finale for the fretful policeman and it's hard not to feel you'll miss the old bugger" -- Siobhan Murphy Metro
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