The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell
(Kurt Wallander Mysteries)

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The New York Times called Henning Mankell “that unusual thing: a European thriller writer whose work holds up as literature and who has broken out as an international phenomenon,” and his brilliant creation Detective Kurt Wallander is worthy of comparison to Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö’s Martin Beck and P.D. James’s Adam Dalgliesh.

The Man Who Smiled begins with Wallander deep in a personal and professional crisis after killing a man in the line of duty; eventually, he vows to quit the Ystad police force for good. Just then, however, a friend who had asked Wallander to look into the death of his father winds up dead himself, shot three times. Ann-Britt Höglund, the department’s first female detective, proves to be his best ally as he tries to pierce the smiling façade of his prime suspect, a powerful multinational business tycoon. But just as he comes close to uncovering the truth, the same shadowy threats responsible for the murders close in on Wallander himself.

All of Mankell’s talents as a master of the modern police procedural—which have earned him legions of fans worldwide—are showcased in The Man Who Smiled, which is the fourth of the eight Wallander books published thus far in English.
 

About Henning Mankell

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Bestselling author Henning Mankell has received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize. His Kurt Wallander mysteries are global bestsellers and have been adapted into the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique. Ebba Segerberg has translated One Step Behind, Firewall, and Before the Frost by Henning Mankell (all available from The New Press) and Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
Published September 19, 2006 by New Press, The. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Business & Economics. Fiction

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For the first time in his long career, Wallender feels useless, “like the clockwork man who had lost the key that normally stuck out of his back.” Returning to Ystad after months of sick leave, Wallander fully intends to hand in his papers, but then something unpredictable, or perhaps exceedingly...

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The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell translated by Laurie Thompson Harvill Press £14.99, pp326 When Henning Mankell, the most famous Swedish writer since Strindberg, published the first Kurt Wallander mystery 14 years ago, he could not have imagined how successful they would be.

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BC Books

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The Man Who Smiled (Mannen som log) is the fourth instalment in Henning Mankell’s highly acclaimed Kurt Wallander series.

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Reviewing the Evidence

No one reads Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series for levity and wit.

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Seattle PI

The Man Who Smiled (Mannen som log) is the fourth instalment in Henning Mankell's highly acclaimed Kurt Wallander series.

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He gazed out over the fields where nothing was yet growing, but he failed to find what he was looking for.” Henning Mankell’s Wallender mystery series has come to an end with The Troubled Man, the last book in this popular series that was also made into several movies for public television wi...

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ForeWord Reviews

A chilly fog-shrouded Sweden, where the locals drink plenty of coffee, provides the backdrop for Henning Mankell’s latest mystery featuring Kurt Wallander, the Swedish police detective.

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