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The Man Who Smiled for sale in the UK and Australia this week
Posted 2005-08-29, updated 2005-09-01
Harvill Press edition of Henning Mankell's The Man Who SmiledThis week, readers in the UK and Australia should be able to find the Harvill Press edition of The Man Who Smiled at their local bookshop or online at Flag and Flag Shearer's Bookshop. This was the fourth Kurt Wallander novel written by Henning Mankell and the last of the original novels to be translated into English. Here is the official synopsis:
  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.


The novel should also be available in the international English market, including airports and English-language bookshops in continental Europe, Japan, etc.

There is still no word on when the novel is scheduled to be published in the US or Canada.

If you spot reviews of this novel on web sites, please send me the link and I'll get it posted.