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The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander Mysteries # 4)

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ISBN13: 9781400095834
ISBN10: 1400095832
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The Man Who Smiled begins with Wallander deep in a personal and professional crisis after killing a man in the line of duty; eventually, he vows to quit the Ystad police force for good. Just then, however, a friend who had asked Wallander to look into the death of his father winds up dead himself, shot three times. Ann-Britt Hoglund, the department's first female detective, proves to be his best ally as he tries to pierce the smiling facade of his prime suspect, a powerful multinational business tycoon. But just as he comes close to uncovering the truth, the same shadowy threats responsible for the murders close in on Wallander himself.

All of Mankell's talents as a master of the modern police procedural — which have earned him legions of fans worldwide — are showcased in The Man Who Smiled, which is the fourth of the eight Wallander books published thus far in English.

Review:

"First published in Sweden in 1994, Mankell's terrific fourth Kurt Wallender mystery opens with the kind of startling image typical of this internationally bestselling series (Firewall, etc.): a lawyer, driving home through the fog, stops after he sees 'a human-sized effigy' propped on a chair in the middle of a deserted highway. Gustaf Torstensson gets out of the car to investigate, is hit from behind and was 'dead before his body hit the damp asphalt.' The police accept the assailant's claim that it was an accident, but when Torstensson's son, Sten, is shot dead just two weeks later, the brooding Wallender, who's on sick leave and vowing to retire from the Ystad police force, decides to pursue the killer and resume his career. The chief suspect — a powerful, globe-trotting Swedish businessman who's the smiling man of the title — leads Wallender on an exquisitely plotted search for motive and evidence. Dark and moody, this is crime fiction of the highest order. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"This is the fourth of the nine novels about Detective Inspector Kurt Wallander that have earned Swedish writer Henning Mankell an international following. Published in Sweden in 1994 and now appearing in this country for the first time, 'The Man Who Smiled' is neither the best nor the worst cop story I've read, but it is by far the gloomiest. Mankell has clearly been influenced by his great countryman... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Compelling...skillfully plotted and suspenseful....A thriller for the thinking reader." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"Mankell's novels are a joy." USA Today

Review:

"Wallander is a lovable gumshoe....He is one of the most credible creations in contemporary crime fiction." The Guardian

Review:

"[T]errific....Dark and moody, this is crime fiction of the highest order." Library Journal

Review:

"When the bleak landscapes of Henning Mankell's Swedish police procedurals start to look like home, it's time to head for the hills. Either that, or confront the grim truths about modern society that give weight to this author's absorbing but disquieting existential mysteries." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"I commend the New Press for publishing this as well as other Mankell novels and nonfiction works in translation." Philadelphia Inquirer

Synopsis:

The long-awaited fourth mystery in the bestselling Kurt Wallander series finds the detective deep in crisis after killing a man in the line of duty. Vowing to quit the police force, he instead becomes involved in solving a friend's murder.

Synopsis:

After killing a man in the line of duty, Kurt Wallander resolves to quit the Ystad police. However, a bizarre case gets under his skin.

A lawyer driving home at night stops to investigate an effigy sitting in a chair in the middle of the highway. The lawyer is hit over the head and dies. Within a week the lawyers son is also killed. These deeply puzzling mysteries compel Wallander to remain on the force. The prime suspect is a powerful corporate mogul with a gleaming smile that Wallander believes hides the evil glee of a killer. Joined by Ann-Britt Hoglund, Wallander begins to uncover the truth, but the same merciless individuals responsible for the murders are now closing in on him.

About the Author

Henning Mankell has written thirty-six novels, including nine Kurt Wallander mysteries, and many plays. His books have been published in thirty-six countries with over 25 million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Book Prize, and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize. Mankell lives in Sweden and Mozambique.

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lesleystrickland, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by lesleystrickland)
great book to read in winter, lots of suspense and the main character is very human
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sisusal, September 17, 2011 (view all comments by sisusal)
READ THE BOOK SEVERAL YEARS AGO CAN NOT REMEMBER THE PLOT BUT KNOW I HAVE READ ALL THE KURT WALLANDBOOKS ENDING WITH THE TROUBLED MAN ALSO FOLLOWED THE SERIES ON PUBLIC TELEVISION
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400095834
Author:
Mankell, Henning
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Translator:
Thompson, Laurie
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Sweden
Subject:
Detectives
Subject:
Detectives - Sweden
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 MAPS
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 0.73 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 336 pages Vintage - English 9781400095834 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "First published in Sweden in 1994, Mankell's terrific fourth Kurt Wallender mystery opens with the kind of startling image typical of this internationally bestselling series (Firewall, etc.): a lawyer, driving home through the fog, stops after he sees 'a human-sized effigy' propped on a chair in the middle of a deserted highway. Gustaf Torstensson gets out of the car to investigate, is hit from behind and was 'dead before his body hit the damp asphalt.' The police accept the assailant's claim that it was an accident, but when Torstensson's son, Sten, is shot dead just two weeks later, the brooding Wallender, who's on sick leave and vowing to retire from the Ystad police force, decides to pursue the killer and resume his career. The chief suspect — a powerful, globe-trotting Swedish businessman who's the smiling man of the title — leads Wallender on an exquisitely plotted search for motive and evidence. Dark and moody, this is crime fiction of the highest order. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Compelling...skillfully plotted and suspenseful....A thriller for the thinking reader."
"Review" by , "Mankell's novels are a joy."
"Review" by , "Wallander is a lovable gumshoe....He is one of the most credible creations in contemporary crime fiction."
"Review" by , "[T]errific....Dark and moody, this is crime fiction of the highest order."
"Review" by , "When the bleak landscapes of Henning Mankell's Swedish police procedurals start to look like home, it's time to head for the hills. Either that, or confront the grim truths about modern society that give weight to this author's absorbing but disquieting existential mysteries."
"Review" by , "I commend the New Press for publishing this as well as other Mankell novels and nonfiction works in translation."
"Synopsis" by , The long-awaited fourth mystery in the bestselling Kurt Wallander series finds the detective deep in crisis after killing a man in the line of duty. Vowing to quit the police force, he instead becomes involved in solving a friend's murder.
"Synopsis" by , After killing a man in the line of duty, Kurt Wallander resolves to quit the Ystad police. However, a bizarre case gets under his skin.

A lawyer driving home at night stops to investigate an effigy sitting in a chair in the middle of the highway. The lawyer is hit over the head and dies. Within a week the lawyers son is also killed. These deeply puzzling mysteries compel Wallander to remain on the force. The prime suspect is a powerful corporate mogul with a gleaming smile that Wallander believes hides the evil glee of a killer. Joined by Ann-Britt Hoglund, Wallander begins to uncover the truth, but the same merciless individuals responsible for the murders are now closing in on him.

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