On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in eighteenth-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how. Reeling from his father's death and facing his own deteriorating health, Wallander tracks the lethal progress of the killer. Locked in a desperate effort to catch him before he strikes again, Wallander always seems to be just one step behind.
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by Henning Mankell
"At the beginning of this engrossing, cerebral crime novel, narrator Dick Hill's reading has a chilly, remote quality that seems in keeping with the Swedish environs where the book takes place. And surely that is part of Hill's clever approach in this work, in which series regular Inspector Kurt Wallander pursues a brutal killer who seems intent on wiping out young people for no greater sin than finding moments of joy. Hill's strategy becomes clear as the tensions rise, the emotions tighten, and the bodies accumulate, including one belonging to a close colleague. Hill's detachment eventually gives way with concussive impact, and he reveals himself as a master performer who has been unfolding a plan from the start. We have always been in expert hands. M.O. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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