In the outskirts of a Swedish town which is predominantly inhabited by retired people, an old couple is brutally murdered. Kurt Wallander is the detective in charge of solving the mystery. The murder soon is going to accelerate the racial prejudices of the society. Kurt has other things on his mind too, recent separation, increasing distant daughter and a difficult aging father. While struggling on the personal front, Kurt have to solve the murder and apprehend the criminals.
The novel written by Henning Mankell is about a murder. It is not set on a grand canvas. The underlying theme does have a greater significance. But it is for the reader to interpret the grand canvas. That is why the book, which details the investigative procedures and also the brilliant mind, stays in the mind of the reader long after he/she has put down the book after reading the last page. Some of the issues dealt with in the book is relevant to any part of the world while some is specific to Sweden. The good thing is the issues discussed are not alien to most of us.
The book in English is a translation of Mankell's work in Swedish. So, I cannot say a lot about the language. But the essence of the book is preserved. So the investigation, though crude as it is set in 1990s, is interesting. Pick it up if you are interested in mysteries and can also handle slow or real-time pace.Tags: Books,Henning Mankell,Kurt Wallander