The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander Series #3)

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Third in the Kurt Wallander series.

The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case even though there is no obvious suspect. But then Wallander learns of a determined stalker, and soon enough, the cops catch up with him. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, they realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex—and dangerous. The search for the truth behind the killing eventually uncovers an assassination plot, and...

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Overview

Third in the Kurt Wallander series.

The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case even though there is no obvious suspect. But then Wallander learns of a determined stalker, and soon enough, the cops catch up with him. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, they realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex—and dangerous. The search for the truth behind the killing eventually uncovers an assassination plot, and Wallander soon finds himself in a tangle with both the secret police and a ruthless foreign agent. Combining compelling insights into the sinister side of modern life with a riveting tale of international intrigue, The White Lioness keeps you on the knife-edge of suspense.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A first-class thriller.” --Margo Jefferson, The New York Times Book Review

“It is Wallander’s voice . . . that captures us.” --New York Times Book Review

“Mankell joins the worthy ranks of such past masters as Georges Simenon [and] Nicholas Freeling.” --The Wall Street Journal

“It is not hard to see why the Wallander books have made a particular impact.” --Times Literary Supplement

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like his countrymen Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, Mankell writes mysteries that connect crimes in Sweden to the rest of the world. Faceless Killers (1997), the first of his books about provincial police inspector Kurt Wallender to appear here, involved Turkish immigrants and Eastern European villains. This novel, written in 1993, links the murder of a real estate agent in Wallender's town of Ystad to South Africa, where Nelson Mandela has just been released from prison, and to Russia, where the KGB is busy planning Mandela's fate. Wallender is a classically dour but dedicated policeman whose progress through his cases is a combination of hard slogging and lucky breaks. But several factors render this effort less compelling than its predecessor. The first is the Day of the Jackal syndrome: we know that Mandela wasn't killed by KGB agents or white Afrikaner terrorists, and that knowledge makes the suspense writer's job even harder. Second is the book's length--560 pages is a long haul, even with three exotic settings and dozens of important characters. Third might be Thompson's translation, which--unlike Steven T. Murray's work on Faceless Killers--often seems excessively deadpan. But Wallender is still a solid character, whose strengths and weaknesses are utterly credible, and Mankell (who now lives in Mozambique) knows how to make the most of his virtues. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
The second in a series chronicling the adventures of Sweden's Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander (Faceless Killers, 1997), and a Viking-sized saga it has grown to be. An ordinary Swedish housewife suddenly disappears. Her neighbors, friends, husband, all are mystifiedþespecially since she led such an exemplary life. But sure enough, a few days later, she's found brutally murdered, her body stuffed into a well. There's no obvious suspect at first, but then Wallander learns of a stalkerþan excitable type whose interest in the attractive young woman was apparently not discouraged in the slightest by several firm admonitions to get lost. Now that she's dead, he can't be found in his usual haunts. The cops go after him, fully confident that it's a crime of passion they're dealing with, to be resolved only once the heavy-breather is taken into custody. Soon enough, they do catch himþcatch up with him, actually, since it turns out that he's only been away on holiday. He also has an alibi, one so iron-clad that Wallander has no choice but to write him off as a suspect. And so, what had seemed simple becomes complex and murky. Moreover, the international ramifications of the case just won't quit. Unexpectedly and uncomfortably, Wallander finds himself locked into an unsettling competition with the apartheid South Africa's secret policeþthe story is set in 1993þand also pitted against an ex-KGB agent. Wallander personifies the charmingly melancholy Scandinavian of lore and tradition. But 560 pages of this would hobble the pace, and dim the charisma, of just about any protagonist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400031559
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/13/2003
  • Series: Kurt Wallander Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 171,975
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Henning Mankell
Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written eight novels and a collection of short stories featuring Kurt Wallander. The books have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes (including Great Britain’s Gold Dagger in 2000) and generating numerous international film and television adaptations. He has also published many other novels for children, young people, and adults, and is one of Sweden’s most frequently performed dramatists. He has spent many years in Africa, where a number of his novels are set. Born in 1948, Mankell grew up in the Swedish village of Sveg. He now divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as a director at Teatro Avenida.

Biography

Henning Mankell was born in Stockholm in 1948. He is the author of many works of fiction, including the nine novels in the Kurt Wallander series. He has worked as an actor, theatre director, and manager in Sweden and in Mozambique -- where he is now head of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo.

Author biography courtesy of The Random House Group.

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    1. Hometown:
      Mozambique, Africa
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Stockholm, Sweden
    1. Education:
      Folkskolan Elementary Shool, Sveg; Högre Allmäna Läroverket, Borås

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    If you thought mysteries could not be great reads, try this

    This is the third of Wallender books (I am reading in their sequence) and is the epitome of "couldn't put it down." Marvelous integration of plot elements. Possibly the best constructed "light" reading I have ever done.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2010

    Yes it's a Mankell Wallander thriller. No, it's not one of his best.

    There was a period a year or two ago in which I quickly devoured what I thought were all of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander mysteries. Recently I came across White Lioness and realized I hadn't read it. It begins promisingly enough, with the disappearance of a happily married real-estate saleswoman. This part of the story, including Wallander's investigation and daring pursuit of her killer, is successful enough. But spending a couple of hundred pages on a right-wing conspiracy to kill Nelson Mandela doesn't work because we know Mandela wasn't assassinated! I found myself skipping chunks of the book to cut to the chase, and I suspect others will as well.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

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    Highly, Highly Recommended!

    This series is nearly as good as the "Girl With the Dragon Tatoo" series. These are not as psycho-thriller as the other series, but just as suspenseful and just as mysterious. Good book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    I really liked this book. It was a realistic possibily for tieing South Africa to Sweden.

    I've enjoyed all of Henning Mankells books and this one tied events in South Africa to Sweden

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    The White Lioness HMankell

    If you love mysteries this author and his character, Kurt Wallander, will keep you interested and wanting to read another of the author's series on this character. These stories take place in Sweden and the reader gets a view of how the police in a foreign country operate and there is always a "political/social" issue (from what I understand they are really some of the problems in this country) woven into the story. I have found these books to be extremely easy to follow, except for all of the names of the cities, etc., that only Rose Nylen of The Golden Girls could pronounce. I don't think anyone will be disappointed after reading this author.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    Great

    Stll reading it

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