The Man Who Smiled

The Man Who Smiled

Book - 2007
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From the dean of Scandinavian noir, comes a riveting installment in the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series, the basis for the PBS series staring Kenneth Branagh.

After killing a man in the line of duty, Kurt Wallander resolves to quit the Ystad police. However, a bizarre case gets under his skin.

A lawyer driving home at night stops to investigate an effigy sitting in a chair in the middle of the highway. The lawyer is hit over the head and dies. Within a week the lawyer's son is also killed. These deeply puzzling mysteries compel Wallander to remain on the force. The prime suspect is a powerful corporate mogul with a gleaming smile that Wallander believes hides the evil glee of a killer. Joined by Ann-Britt Hoglund, Wallander begins to uncover the truth, but the same merciless individuals responsible for the murders are now closing in on him.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2007
Edition: First Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard edition
ISBN: 9781400095834
1400095832
Branch Call Number: FICTION Man
Characteristics: 325 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-

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maipenrai
Nov 06, 2016

The fourth book in the Kurt Wallander series

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StarGladiator
Aug 27, 2013

An excellent Swedish mystery/police procedural, although possibly not the best of translations. Although published originally in 1994, but a late English translation, this book is as current today as could be, thanks to the foresight of Mr. Mankell in what the international crime scene would be for many years to come! An excellent read.

eroshevsky Jun 23, 2012

mankell is a fabulous writer and my only hope is that i haven't red this one before . . . ! we'll see, when it comes , . . and maybe i'll reread it!

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rgally
Feb 24, 2012

Another fantastic Kurt Wallander novel. Best so far in the series I think

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coalbanks
Mar 18, 2011

Mankell tries to create a 2 fisted, hard-boiled action-hero in the mold og Gaillou or the USAmerican-style cop/detective. No thanks. I prefer Wallender as a dedicated slogger of a cop, not a slugger.

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