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The first title in the acclaimed Inspector Wallander series

One frozen January morning at 5am, Inspector Wallander responds to what he believes is a routine call out. When he reaches the isolated farmhouse he discovers a bloodbath. An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely alive beside his shattered body, both victims of a violence beyond reason.
Wallander's life is a shambles. His wife has left him, his daughter refuses to speak to him, and even his ageing father barely tolerates him. He works tirelessly, eats badly, and drinks his nights away in a lonely, neglected flat. But now Wallander must forget his troubles and throw himself into a battle against time.


An exquisite novel of mesmerizing depth and suspense

Margo Kaufman, Los Angeles Times

Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around. Highly recommended


Mankell is in the first division of crime writing

The Times

By far the best writer of police mysteries today

Michael Ondaatje

The novels become a compulsion - one reads them all

Daily Telegraph

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  • Paperback


    April 1, 2012


    304 pages

    RRP $28.99

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  • EBook


    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    304 pages

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