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The White Lioness
Originally published in Swedish as Den vita lejoninnan in 1993 and later translated into German as Die weiße Löwin.

Synopsis

From Random House:
In peaceful Southern Sweden Louise Åkerblom, an estate agent, pillar of the Methodist church, wife and mother, disappears. There is no explanation and no motive. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team are called in to investigate. As Inspector Wallander is introduced to this missing person's case he has a gut feeling that the victim will never be found alive but he has no idea how far he will have to go in search of the killer and the origin of the crime. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela has made his long walk to freedom, setting in train the country's painful journey towards the end of Apartheid. Wallander and his colleagues find themselves caught up in a complex web involving renegade members of South Africa's secret service and a former KGB agent, all of whom are set upon halting Mandela's rise to power. In an increasingly globalised world Wallander and his team are faced with international terrorism which knows no frontiers - they must prevent a hideous crime that means to dam the tide of history.

From Random House:
The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case even though there is no obvious suspect. But then Wallander learns of a determined stalker, and soon enough, the cops catch up with him. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, they realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex-and dangerous. The search for the truth behind the killing eventually uncovers an assassination plot, and Wallander soon finds himself in a tangle with both the secret police and a ruthless foreign agent. Combining compelling insights into the sinister side of modern life with a riveting tale of international intrigue, The White Lioness keeps you on the knife-edge of suspense.

From Amazon description of the film version:
The third of a series of Swedish mysteries featuring small-town Police Inspector Kurt Wallander (based on the novels of Henning Mankell), this one drops the doughy, middle-aged crime solver in the midst of an international conspiracy. It all starts in South Africa, when a pro-apartheid conspirator sends a gaunt, steely-eyed former KGB assassin (icy Jesper Christensen) and a black hit man to Sweden to train for a unnamed killing. The sleepy little town gets a jolt when their hideout is destroyed in a fireball and the remains found in the ashes--a precision firearm, a sophisticated, high-powered radio, and a severed human thumb--lead Wallander back to South Africa. The scenes of beefy Nordic Wallander in a sea of black faces, appalled at the poverty and a little out of his element but always the egalitarian Swede, are among the best of the movie. Rolf Lassgård plays Wallander as a modest, amiable everyman and a dogged investigator tossed into an extreme situation, fumbling at a shootout and clumsily giving chase through frozen city streets but never shirking duty or danger. Director Pelle Berglund sets a deliberate, at times dawdling pace hampered by obscure side trips into Wallander's private life, but fills the film with a combustible conspiracy and terrific characters, notably Christensen's arrogant, icy killer and Basil Appollis's cool, charismatic South African police detective, John September.

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Book Information
Language Title Publication Date Translator
Flag of Sweden Swedish Den vita lejoninnan 1993 N/A
Flag of the United Kingdom English The White Lioness 1998 Laurie Thompson
Flag of Germany German Die weiße Löwin 1994 Erik Gloßmann
Flag of The Netherlands Dutch De witte leeuwin 1999 Cora Polet
Flag of France French La lionne blanche 2004 Anna Gibson
Flag of Italy Italian La leonessa bianca 2003 Giorgio Puleo
Flag of Spain Spanish La leona blanca 2003 Carmen Montes Cano
Flag of Spain Catalan La lleona blanca 2003 Carolina Moreno
Flag of Spain Basque ??    
Flag of Norway Norwegian Den hvite løvinnen 1995 Kari Bolstad
Flag of Finland Finnish Valkoinen naarasleijona    
Flag of Denmark Danish Den hvide løvinde    
Flag of Iceland Icelandic ??    
Flag of Portugal Portuguese A leoa branca    
Flag of Greece Greek ??    
Flag of Poland Polish Biała lwica 2005 Halina Thylwe
Flag of Slovenia Slovenian Bela levinja 2003 Uroš Kalèiè
Flag of Turkey Turkish Beyaz Aslan 2001 Fatoş Dilber
Flag of Japan Japanese 白い雌ライオン (Shiroi Mesu Raion) 2004 Yumiko Yanagisawa
Flag of South Korea Korean 하얀 암사자    
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese ??    

Film Information
Vanguard Cinema has produced English language versions of this film on both DVD and VHS and both are available to purchase from Amazon.com (see the product list section for details). The movie is interesting but the plot deviates from the book in a number of ways. The film takes place after apartheid has ended and just before Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk are presented with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. The movie does away with most of the overt racism and struggle against it which is found in the book and instead focuses on the assassination attempt and bits of Wallander's personal life. With both the timing changed and much of the driving force behind the plot removed, most of the tension that made the book so compelling is absent from the film. On a positive note, The White Lioness film differs stylistically from the other Wallander movies available on DVD in that it provides a more ordinary and perhaps more realistic representation of Ystad. Jesper Christensen is perfectly cast as Konovalenko. Other notable standouts include Basil Appollis as South African detective John September and Björn Granath as Police Chief Björk.

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Mabasha & Konovalenko
training
Louise Åkerblom
takes a wrong turn
Robert Åkerblom Kurt Wallander
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Linda Wallander the house of
Wallander's father
Kurt visits his father Baiba Liepa
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Svedberg, Ystad Police Norén, Ystad Police Martinsson, Ystad Police Hansson, Ystad Police
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Otto Björk
Ystad Chief of Police
Marie, Ystad Police the body is discovered Louise Åkerblom
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Miranda Matilda the house Dekker is dead
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John September Jan Dekker Konovalenko and Malan Wierman
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Anatoli Konovalenko Rykoff Tania the Russians
plan to kill Mabasha
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Nelson Mandela Victor Mabasha Sikosi Tsiki Konovalenko's last stand


Product List
Books
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail Den vita lejoninnan Flag Publisher: Ordfront
Format: Paperback
Pages:
ISBN: 9170371670
Released: 2005-Jan
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Ordfront.se
Product Thumbnail The White Lioness Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0099450097
Released: 2003-Sept-04
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The White Lioness: A Mystery (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Publisher: Vintage Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
ISBN: 1400031559
Released: 2003-May-13
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail The White Lioness Publisher: Harvill Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 372
ISBN: 1860469604
Released: 2003-Apr-03
Status: Available
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The White Lioness: A Mystery Publisher: New Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 500
ISBN: 1565844246
Released: 1998-Aug
Status: Available
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail The White Lioness Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
ISBN: 0099464691
Released: 2003-Sept-04
Status: Available
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The White Lioness Publisher: The Scorpion Press
Format: Leather Bound, numbered and deluxe editions
Pages: 439
ISBN: 1873567588
Released: 2003
Status: Available
Markets: Flag
Scorpion Press
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail Die weiße Löwin Flag Publisher: Dtv
Format:
Pages:
ISBN: 3423201509
Released:
Status:
Markets: Flag
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail Die weiße Löwin Flag Publisher: Zsolnay
Format:
Pages:
ISBN: 3552051880
Released:
Status:
Markets: Flag
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail La lionne blanche Flag Publisher: Seuil
Format:
Pages:
ISBN: 2020591936
Released:
Status:
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.fr
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail La leona blanca Flag Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 504
ISBN: 8483102374
Released: 2003-04
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
Product Thumbnail La lleona blanca (Catalan) Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 488
ISBN: 8483108798
Released: 2003-04
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
Audio Books
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail The White Lioness Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Format: CD
Length: Unabridged, 13 tapes, 15 hrs 42 mins
ISBN: 0753122960
Released:
Status: In Print
Narrator: Sean Barrett
ISIS Publishing
Product Thumbnail The White Lioness Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Format: Cassette Tapes
Length: Unabridged, 12 tapes, 15 hrs 42 mins
ISBN: 0753119447
Released:
Status: In Print
Narrator: Sean Barrett
ISIS Publishing
DVD & Video
Product Thumbnail The White Lioness (2000) Flag of the United States DVD Logo Publisher: Vanguard Films
Format: DVD, Region 1, NTSC, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: Swedish, English & South African with English Subtitles
Rating: Not Rated
Released: 2000-June-27
Status: In Print
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail The White Lioness (2000) Flag of the United States VHS Logo Publisher: Vanguard Films
Format: VHS, NTSC, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: Swedish, English & South African with English Subtitles
Rating: Not Rated
Released: 2001-July-17
Status: In Print
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail Den vita lejoninnan Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Sandrew Metronome AB
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: Swedish
Rating:
Released: 2003-12-03
Status: In Print
DVD.se
Product Thumbnail Henning Mankell 3 Disc DVD Box Set Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Sandrew Metronome AB
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: Swedish
Rating:
Released: 2003-12-03
Status: In Print
DVD.se
Product Thumbnail Die weiße Löwin Flag DVD Logo Publisher:
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: German
Rating: FSK 16
Released: 2005-Dec-02
Status: In Print
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail La leona blanca Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Llamentol
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Language: Spanish
Rating:
Released: 2006-Mar-23
Status: In Print
DvdGo.com