5 Novel Mysteries From Old Masters

Tough cops, rough kids, hard women and a hit man who's a big softie


Scandinavian police detectives tend to be a dour lot, but Kurt Wallander may be the grumpiest of them all. In this, Mankell’s 37th novel, Wallander has recently shot and killed a man—something that would not faze a hard-boiled U.S. gunman but is enough to send this veteran cop into a drunken, downward spiral. He decides to leave the force, only to realize an hour later that he has made a terrible mistake. He comes back, of course, drawn by his guilt over a friend’s murder and eventually finds himself on the money trail of a...

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