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English synopsis for The Man Who Smiled has arrived
Posted 2005-02-10, updated 2005-03-10
Henning Mankell's The Man Who SmiledAmazon.co.uk has posted the official synopsis for The Man Who Smiled. This was the forth Kurt Wallander novel by Henning Mankell and originally published in Swedish in 1994.

The debut in English is set for 8 September, 2005 for the UK and international markets. So far there is no word on an expected US release date and there are no listings in Amazon's US or Canadian catalogs at this point.

The official Random House blurb for The Man Who Smiled:

  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.

 

Edit: the cover artwork is now available. Laurie Thompson, who translated The Return of the Dancing Master into English, worked on this novel as well.

Thanks to Rachel for sending this in.