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Publisher Description

The much-anticipated return of Henning Mankell’s brilliant, brooding detective, Kurt Wallander.

On a winter day in 2008, Håkan von Enke, a retired high-ranking naval officer, vanishes during his daily walk in a forest near Stockholm. The investigation into his disappearance falls under the jurisdiction of the Stockholm police. It has nothing to do with Wallander—officially. But von Enke is his daughter’s future father-in-law. And so, with his inimitable disregard for normal procedure, Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility, making promises he won’t keep, telling lies when it suits him—and getting results. But the results hint at elaborate Cold War espionage activities that seem inextricably confounding, even to Wallander, who, in any case, is troubled in more personal ways as well. Negligent of his health, he’s become convinced that, having turned sixty, he is on the threshold of senility. Desperate to live up to the hope that a new granddaughter represents, he is continually haunted by his past. And looking toward the future with profound uncertainty, he will have no choice but to come face-to-face with his most intractable adversary: himself.

Mysteries & Thrillers
March 29
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Peter 14 ,

Very good

Good read. At times, I thought the story wandered a bit and was longer than needed to be. I did enjoy the central theme while sharing with Wallander the inevitability of growing older. A prospect that may frighten many of us as we approach the final stages of life.

Max Mustang ,

Goodbuy Wallander I'll miss you. Thanks Henning.

The end of an era of fine work and honest prose.
Kurt was my companion for many years. He's left us in our twilight years with fond memories of stories well writer and received. Mankell is a literary giant for the ages.

Med pro ,

Best of the series

Measured, efficient, skillfully structured.

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