Synopses & Reviews
On Midsummers 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 hed like into the personal life of one of his colleagues, Wallanders 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.
Especially satisfying. The Wall Street Journal
Henning Mankells 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)
Lyrical....Meticulously detailed....Masterful. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Wonderful! Police procedural with personal texture. The Associated Press
"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
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.