It is Midsummer's Eve, three young friends gather in a wood. In the still-sunlit, Scandanavian dusk, they don costumes joyfully to enact - or so it appears to an unseen observer - a kind of masque. The hidden watcher soon brings their performance to an end. His approach is careful; his aim is perfect - three bullets, three corpses. The murderer, then, carefully photographs the grisly tableau. The Ystad police station, meanwhile, is experiencing a summer lull, indeed Inspector Wallander is at last at liberty to attend to - albeit reluctantly - his deteriorating health, but his peace of mind is shattered when one of his colleagues is murdered. An unknown killer, seen by no-one, is on the loose, and the police's only lead is a photograph of three dead young people in costume. Forced to dig more deeply than he would have wanted into the personal life of one of his colleagues, Wallander's investigation reveals something none of his team could ever have imagined. However, they remain tantalisingly, terrifyingly one step behind the lethal progress of a killer Wallander would have to suppose was deranged if his methods were not so meticulous and his victims so clinically targeted.
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"The real test of thrillers of this kind is whether you want to spend more time in the detective's company. I certainly do" Sean French, Independent; "Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around, strong on characterisation, plotting and atmosphere. Highly recommended" Peter Gutteridge, ObserverBook Description:
The fifth in the highly acclaimed Kurt Wallander crime series, bestsellers throughout Europe and Gold Dagger winner in 2001.
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Book Description Vintage, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99448874
Book Description Vintage, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099448874