The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander Series #3)

The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander Series #3)


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From the dean of Scandinavian noir, the third riveting installment in the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series, the basis for the PBS series staring Kenneth Branagh.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400031559
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/13/2003
Series: Kurt Wallander Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 198,617
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Henning Mankell is the internatinally acclaimed, bestselling author of the Kurt Wallander novels.  Mankell's novels have been translated into forty-five languages and have sold more than forty million copies worldwide. He was the first winner of the Ripper Award and also received the Glass Key and the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger, among other awards. His Kurt Wallander mysteries have been adapted into a PBS television series starring Kenneth Branagh. During his life, Mankell divided his time between Sweden and Mozambique, where he was artistic director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. He died in 2015.


Mozambique, Africa

Date of Birth:

February 3, 1948

Place of Birth:

Stockholm, Sweden


Folkskolan Elementary Shool, Sveg; Högre Allmäna Läroverket, Borås

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The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander Series #3) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mikehampen More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of Henning Mankells books and this one tied events in South Africa to Sweden
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
WillyMammoth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The White Lioness was a hard read for me--not because Mankell is an especially horrid writer, but because his writing style and this story in particular didn't grab me. I found myself wanting to finish it, not because I wanted to find out what happened, but because I wanted to be done with it so I could read something else. The main reason for my lack of interest was Mankell's style. The dialogue seems stilted and stiff, while his narration is stark with very little in the way of metaphors or the like to make it interesting. And because of that stark style, I never identified with any of the characters. They were just chess pieces moving around within the plot. Though to be fair, maybe I would have had a different opinion if I was reading it in the native Swedish. Often times when works are translated out of their original language they lose some of their power and tone, and a lot hinges upon the skill of the translator.But I also didn't like the narrative in general. Except for maybe the first 100 pages, there is no mystery. The reader is aware of all the major players and all the motivations and everything about the big bad plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela (and if we're even mildly informed about world history and politics, we know how the assassination attempt is going to turn out). For over 400 pages the story inexorably marches toward its inevitable conclusion. And for me, that's kind of a buzz kill.The one great thing that stood out to me about this book was that it is realistic. The events, the people, the crime, they're all grounded in reality. Everything from the investigation red herrings to the way Wallander takes out his Russian nemesis to the fax malfunction at the end of the book are all great details that make suspension of disbelief a non-issue. But unfortunately the realistic details weren't enough to keep me glued to the book. The White Lioness was an OK read, but I wasn't overly impressed. I won't rule out giving Mankell a second chance on another of his novels, but I'll need some time to let the memory of this one fade a little before I tackle anything else from him.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third in the Mankell series, and my favorite of the lot. In this one, the murder of a Swedish business man in Ystad starts a trail of clues that leads to South Africa, where a plot is being organized to kill Nelson Mandela. The African atmosphere is just a well drawn as the Swedish one: not surprisingly, since Mankell has spent much of his tiim in Africa. The subsidiary characters in this one are particularly interesting, which is one reason why Mankell is such a top flight novelist
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The White Lioness is book number three in Mankell's series of crime novels Ystad detective featuring Kurt Wallander. I was really iffy on whether or not I would read this one, since it seemed more like a span-the-globe type of mystery, but I stuck with it and was happily rewarded. The action begins when an estate agent goes out to look at a house for sale and loses her way on the road. Stopping to ask for directions at a farmhouse was the last thing she ever did. Called in to investigate her disappearance (and ultimately her death), Wallander and his team had no idea that their search for a killer would take them across the world to South Africa (the year is 1992), where a small cabal was planning a major assassination which its members hoped would set events in motion to stop the plans for disassembling the policy of apartheid in that country. This is one of those novels where you know who the killer is pretty much right away, and you're just watching to see how Wallander and his team figure it out. Well written, The White Lioness takes place in two separate settings, but the story is very neatly tied together. The characters are realistically drawn -- especially the character of Konovalenko, who makes for an excellent bad guy. I liked this one much better than the previous series entry (Dogs of Riga). I'd definitely recommend this one to fans of Mankell, to those who like Scandinavian mysteries (which, in my mind, are simply excellent), and to those readers who want a mystery novel that is engrossing. Fans of police procedurals will enjoy this book and this series.
pmarshall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In "The White Lioness" Mankell does his usual masterful job of having Kurt Wallander investigate the seemingly senseless murder of a woman in southern Sweden. He then ties this into the politics of South Africa and a planned assassination of Nelson Mandela. The impact of this in 1992 would have been devastating to South Africa. He weaves the two story lines together by having the assassin trained in Sweden. Highly recommended.
ksmac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carefully plotted mystery traces how the murder of a housewife in rural Sweden exposes an international plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela, and inexorably draws the policeman investigating it into killing
gilly1944 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mankell is the best crime writer of all time and this may be his best book! The plot, the atmoshere, and the characters are all excellent. He creates a cinematic experience with the plot carrying the reader through different landscapes; he brilliantly evokes the Swedish and South African environments. This is a great read and is full of wonderful writing.
sfeggers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book got bogged down a bit in the middle by the political statement but picked up again when Wallander re-entered the scene.
TTAISI-Editor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Henning Mankell's mastery goes slightly astray in this book, leaping from Sweden down to South Africa, to confront the transition there from Apartheid to freedom, and the struggles with a racist social and government infrastructure. It's a good, readable story, but loses some of the sharpness Mankell's normal "Kurt Wallander" books.
KatherineGregg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this third book in the Kurt Wallendar series and am looking forward to the next one. I like the way he combines contemporary events (written in the late 90s
msf59 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wallander is back! Our favorite Swedish detective, as rumpled and cantankerous as ever, has returned for his third outing. This time he is called in to investigate the disappearance of a female real-estate agent. Of course, nothing is that simple and this routine case soon plunges Wallander into a complex web of intrigue, involving a ruthless ex-KGB agent, a South African assassin and a sinister plot that will shake the world.This series seems to get better with each book and this is the most ambitious, a heady mix of a Scandinavian police procedural and ¿The Day of the Jackal¿. Well-written and tightly plotted, with strongly drawn characters. Highly recommended.
literarytiger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a gripping and disturbing chapter in the Wallander series. The realities of South African apartheid were shocking and deeply disturbing, as were the attitudes of the perpetrators of the crime that Wallander has to try to solve in this, the third, of his cases. The initial murder of Louise Akerblom is just the beginning - the web of terrorism goes far wider and deeper that the small Swedish town where it all begins.The story jumps between Sweden and South Africa so you are taken away from the case for a while to set the scene. As usual, it is a page turner although I have to admit, the building of tension at the end by what seemed to be one inept mess up after another did get a little annoying. Nevertheless, it is a great read.
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