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It is winter and Inspector Kurt Wallander receives an anonymous tip-off; two days later, a life raft washes up on a beach, in it lie two men, both shot dead

Sweden, winter, 1991. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team receive an anonymous tip-off. A few days later a life raft is washed up on a beach. In it are two men, dressed in expensive suits, shot dead.

The dead men were criminals, victims of what seems to have been a gangland hit. But what appears to be an open-and-shut case soon takes on a far more sinister aspect. Wallander travels across the Baltic Sea, to Riga in Latvia, where he is plunged into a frozen, alien world of police surveillance, scarcely veiled threats, and lies.

Doomed always to be one step behind the shadowy figures he pursues, only Wallander's obstinate desire to see that justice is done brings the truth to light.

Reviews

Riga is a haunted place, and Mankell describes it with the sort of creepy detail that one shudders to believe is accurate

Donna Leon

Mankell could turn you to crime

Daily Telegraph

Mankell is a powerful writer

Independent

Wallander is among the very best fictional crimebusters

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  • Paperback

    9780099570554

    May 1, 2012

    Vintage

    352 pages

    RRP $27.99

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    9781407017785

    May 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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