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And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries

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At last, a key addition to the Kurt Wallander mystery series: the book of short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here we meet Wallander the twenty-one-year-old patrolman on his first criminal investigation, Wallander the young father facing an unexpected danger on Christmas Eve, Wallander on the brink of middle age solving a case of poisoning, the newly separated Wallander investigating the murder of a local photographer, and Wallander the veteran detective discovering unexpected connections between a downed mystery plane and the assassination of a pair of spinster sisters. Over the course of these five mysteries, he comes into his own as a murder detective, defined by his simultaneously methodical and instinctive work, and is increasingly haunted from witnessing the worst aspects of an atomized society.

Written from the unique perspective of an author looking back upon his own creation to discover his origins, these mysteries are vintage Mankell. Essential reading for all Wallander fans, The Pyramid is also a wonderful showcase for Mankell’s powers as a writer “whose works transcend their chosen genre to become thrilling and moral literature” (Michael Ondaatje).

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 28, 2008 – The five stories in this outstanding collection from Mankell (Faceless Killers) provide glimpses into Kurt Wallander's early life as a policeman as well as paint evocative portraits of contemporary Swedish society. An unremarkable businessman is poisoned in “The Man on the Beach” but—in typical Mankell fashion—the case is larger, more complex and more interesting than it first appears. In the volume's best entry, “The Death of the Photographer,” Simon Lamberg takes studio portraits of weddings and children, but a couple of nights each week, he uses his darkroom to distort published photographs of politicians and newsworthy people for a macabre personal scrapbook. It's a bizarre hobby, but the cause of Lamberg's brutal, apparently senseless death is an even stranger puzzle. Like the Wallander novels, these stories rank among the finest police procedurals being written today.

Customer Reviews

The Pyramid by Henning Mankell

What a lovely way to satisfy Mr. Mankell's favorite Police Detective in the unique country of Sweden. The author writes a superb prequel about our Kurt Wallender to allow us to further understand not only his personal beginnings but also stories that allow a look at the people who helped develop Wallender into the unique yet successful case worker in the police department . This in turn leaves Wallander forever longing for an end to his lingering loneliness that seems to come with the makeup of the job which is such a part of who he is. The old struggle of a man set in conflict against his own desires . But we the readers cannot get enough of Wallender and we too hope for him to one day find happiness with a tolerant lover who can love him for the passion he has for justice. This prequel really added a psychological background for the way Wallender is socially, normally detectives that do not keep up with social issues they cannot relate in solving crimes because they are out of touch, Wallender is much to observant and smart to let this bother him. He soaks in his environment like a sponge keeping him very up to speed and his keen intuition is also an added feature. Henning Mankell must keep Kurt Wallander on the go an also in the films. They are very good also, Kenneth Braunnagh is perfect as Wallender! By this review, you can tell I recommend any of Mr. Mankell's Wallander books . They are delicious and I devour them like chocolate !!! Dawn Copley


Excellent! Fast moving with superb investigative procedures. Sets the tone for all the Wallender series.


Just a few words. All of Markell's books keep me interested til the last page. I love all of Wallenders stories. I've read them twice now and I'm sure I will read them again! Jenny

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  • $26.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Police Procedural
  • Published: Sep 22, 2008
  • Publisher: The New Press
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
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