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The Man Who Smiled
Originally published in Swedish as Mannen som log in 1994 and later translated into German as Der Mann, der lächelte.

Synopsis

From Random House:
A disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted in this adventure from the pen of Sweden's master of crime and mystery. Crestfallen, dejected and spiralling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Kurt Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good.

When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help to investigate the suspicious circumstances in which his father has died, Kurt doesn't want to know. But when the solicitor also turns up dead, shot three times, Wallander realises that he was wrong not to listen.

Against his better judgment, he returns to work to head what may now have become a double murder case. A rookie female detective has joined the force is his absence, and he adopts the role of mentor to her as they fight to unravel the mystery. An enigmatic big-business tycoon, who hides behind an entourage of brusque secretaries and tight security, seems to be the common denominator in the two deaths. But while Wallander is on the trail of the killer, somebody is on the trail of Wallander, and closing in fast.

Translated from the German blurb by Rachel:
In The Man Who Smiled, Mankell's fourth novel starring Kurt Wallander, investigations lead into the heart of an international crime syndicate.

For over a year, Kurt Wallander has been on leave from the police-force. After killing a man, [see the events of The White Lioness], he is riven with self-doubt and is on the verge of quitting the police-force when an intriguing new case arouses his curiosity and lifts his depression. A friendly but concerned lawyer comes to Kurt for help: Sten Torstensson's father has died in a car accident, but he believes that it is anything but. He claims his father would never have gone driving in the fog, and certainly not at night.

However, two weeks later Sten is also found dead. He's been shot. Kurt returns to take over the case, which will soon throw up leads that cast the entire investigation into a new light.

From SVT Sales:
Detective Superintendent Kurt Wallander's old friend pleas for help, as he suspects his father's lethal accident was really foul play. But Wallander doesn't believe him until it's too late.

Immoral behavior, deceit, lies and desperate actions in search of love or money are the driving forces in this criminal drama. While trying to solve a tangle of murders, Kurt Wallander manages to betray his own loved ones. Who has the right to judge and who can claim to be morally correct? The plot involves international trade with human organs, forced donors and plain old greed.

Situated in the south of Sweden, in Malmö and Ystad.

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Language Title Publication Date Translator
Flag of Sweden Swedish Mannen som log 1994 N/A
Flag of the United Kingdom English The Man Who Smiled 2005 Laurie Thompson
Flag of Germany German Der Mann, der lächelte 2001 Erik Großmann
Flag of The Netherlands Dutch De man die glimlachte 2000 Janny Middelbeek-Oortgiesen
Flag of France French L'homme qui souriait 2005 Anna Gibson
Flag of Italy Italian L'uomo che sorrideva 2004 Giorgio Puleo
Flag of Spain Spanish El hombre sonriente 2003 Carmen Montes Cano
Flag of Spain Catalan L'home que somreia 2003 Carolina Moreno
Flag of Spain Basque ??    
Flag of Norway Norwegian Silkeridderen 1996 Kari Bolstad
Flag of Finland Finnish Hymyilevä mies    
Flag of Denmark Danish Skyggerne    
Flag of Iceland Icelandic Brosmildi maðurinn   Vigfús Geirdal
Flag of Portugal Portuguese O homem que sorria    
Flag of Greece Greek ??    
Flag of Poland Polish Mężczyzna, który się uśmiechał 2007 Iwona Kowadło-Przedmojska
Flag of Slovenia Slovenian ??    
Flag of Turkey Turkish ??    
Flag of Japan Japanese 笑う男 (Warau otoko) 2005 Yumiko Yanagisawa
Flag of South Korea Korean 미소지은 남자   권혁준
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese ??    

Film Information
This is another film with Maja Thysell.

Film Still Film Still Film Still  
Kurt and Maja Thysell the Ystad police team Alfred Hardenberg
and daughter Kristina
 

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Product List
Books
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail Mannen som log Flag Publisher: Ordfront
Format: Paperback
Pages: 372
ISBN: 9170371032
Released: 2005-Jan
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Ordfront.se
Product Thumbnail The Man Who Smiled Publisher: The New Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1565849930
Released: 2006-Sept-19
Status: Coming Soon
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail The Man Who Smiled Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pages:
ISBN: 0099450089
Released: 2006-Mar-2
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Man Who Smiled Publisher: The Harvill Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1843430983
Released: 2005-Sept-01
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Man Who Smiled Publisher: The Harvill Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1843431068
Released: 2005-Sept-01
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Man Who Smiled Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pages:
ISBN: B000FRSNZW
Released: 2007
Status: Coming Soon
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail Der Mann, der lächelte Flag Publisher: Zsolnay
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 381
ISBN: 3552049916
Released:
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail El hombre sonriente Flag Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 408
ISBN: 8483102536
Released: 2003-11
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
Product Thumbnail L'home que somreia (Catalan) Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 8483109220
Released: 2003-11
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
DVD & Video
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail Mannen som log Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Pan Vision
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Language: Swedish with English, Swedish & Norwegian Subtitles
Rating:
Released: 2004-June-16
Status: Available
DiscShop.se
Product Thumbnail Wallander Box (3 Disc) Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Pan Vision
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
Language: Swedish with Swedish Subtitles
Rating:
Released: 2004-06-16
Status: In Print
 DiscShop.se
Product Thumbnail Der Mann, der lächelte Flag DVD Logo Publisher: ZDF
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9, 1.85:1
Language: German
Rating: FSK 12
Released: 2005-03-28
Status: In Print
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail El hombre sonriente Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Llamentol
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Language: Spanish
Rating:
Released: 2006-Feb-14
Status: In Print
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