In 1992, in peaceful Southern Sweden, Louise Akerblom, an estate agent, pillar of the Methodist church, wife and mother, disappears. There is no explanation and no motive. Inspector Wallander and his team are called in to investigate. As Inspector Wallander is introduced to this missing person's case, he has a gut feeling that the victim will never be found alive, but he has no idea how far he will have to go in search of the killer.
In South Africa, Nelson Mandela has made his long walk to freedom, setting in train the country's painful journey towards the end of Apartheid. Wallander and his colleagues find themselves caught up in a complex web involving renegade members of South Africa's secret service and a former KGB agent, all of whom are set upon halting Mandela's rise to power.
Faced with an increasingly globalised world in which international terrorism knows no national borders, Wallander must prevent a hideous crime that means to dam the tide of history.
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By Nick on 24-01-18
Not the best Wallander but still worth reading
One cannot help but get the impression that Mankell used this novel to vent his anger at pre-ANC South Africa. The story spends a lot of time in SA and Wallander becomes a bit part actor at times instead of the lead. this means the book doesn't work as well as the others in the series but it's still a very worthwhile read, especially with the peerless Sean Barrett narration.
Mankell never convinces on Southern Africa in spite of the time he spent there. He takes the easy but very lazy line of painting Afrikaners as nothing but conniving evil monsters. The Zulu character here is treated with sympathy although he is a very unsavoury, unethical murderer. Mankell bends over backwards to seek out tiny elements of good left in him, but cannot bring himself to do so with the Afrikaners. It does his reputation no service and grossly misrepresents the Afrikaans people.
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