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One Step Behind (Kurt Wallander Mysteries # 7 )by Henning Mankell
Discover Europe's favorite mystery writer. Sweden's Henning Mankell writes a first-rate police procedural that also serves as an indictment of contemporary society. His characters are fully drawn, full of frailties, unexpected courage, and are utterly endearing.
"In the same vein as the complex police procedurals of Ian Rankin comes these books featuring Detective Kurt Wallander. Set in Mankell's native Sweden, these dark and brooding mysteries have a European sensibility reminiscent of recent European crime thrillers like Insomnia and The Vanishing (the original European versions). Mankell is a best-selling author in Europe, and deserves the same success here in the States with his Black Lizard reissues." Georgie Lewis,
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On Midsummer?s Eve, three friends gather in a secluded meadow in Sweden. In the still-sun-lit northern night, they don costumes and begin to role play. But an uninvited guest soon brings their performance to a gruesome conclusion. His approach is careful; his aim is perfect. Three bullets, three corpses. The murderer then carefully photographs the grisly tableau.
Meanwhile, the Ystad police station is experiencing a summer lull. Inspector Kurt Wallander is focusing on living healthier, but his peace of mind is shattered when a fellow officer is murdered. The police slowly realize how little they know about what is going on in their seemingly serene town. An unknown killer is on the loose, but their only lead is a photograph of three dead young people in costume.
Forced to dig more deeply than he?d like into the personal life of one of his colleagues, Wallander?s investigation uncovers something he could never have imagined.
One Step Behind is the fifth book to appear in English in what the Los Angeles Times Book Review calls the ?exquisite? Kurt Wallander series.
"Lyrical, meticulous, and stunningly suspenseful." St. Petersburg Times
"Typical of the dense, intricate intelligence that Mankell brings to detection and crime writing." The Washington Post Book World
"Satisfying in a way that has less to do with the wonders of forensic science than with the pure pleasure of rational thought." The New York Times
"It is not hard to see why the Wallander books have made a particular impact." Times Literary Supplement
?Lyrical....Meticulously detailed....Masterful.? Publishers Weekly (starred review)
?Wonderful! Police procedural with personal texture.? The Associated Press
?Henning Mankell?s Inspector Wallander has established himself as one of the best of recent detectives....It is not hard to see why the Wallander books have made a particular impact.? The Times Literary Supplement (London)
"Mankell remains central to the flowering of a new, distinctly darker strain of the European hard-boiled crime novel." Booklist, starred review
"The best of Wallander's adventures to date." Kirkus Reviews
?Especially satisfying.? The Wall Street Journal
Sixth in the Kurt Wallander series.
On Midsummers Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in eighteenth-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallanders most trusted colleagues-someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime-also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he cant begin to imagine how. Reeling from his own fathers death and facing his own deteriorating health, Wallander tracks the lethal progress of the killer. Locked in a desperate effort to catch him before he strikes again, Wallander always seems to be just one step behind.
An unknown killer is on the loose, but their only lead is a photograph of three dead young people in costume. Forced to dig more deeply than he'd like into the personal life of one of his colleagues, Wallander's investigation uncovers something he could never have imagined. "One Step Behind" is the fifth book to appear in English in what the "Los Angeles Times Book Review" calls the "exquisite" Kurt Wallander series.
About the Author
Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written nine Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have consistently topped the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving a number of major literary prizes and generating numerous international film and television adaptations.
Ebba Segerberg teaches Swedish at Washington University in St. Louis.
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