The White Lioness : Kurt Wallander, Paperback

The White Lioness : Kurt Wallander Paperback

Part of the Kurt Wallander series

4 out of 5 (4 ratings)


In peaceful southern Sweden, Louise Akerblom, 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 persons 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.

In South Africa, meanwhile Nelson Mandela has made his long walk to freedom.

Wallander find himself caught up in a conspiracy involving renegade members of the South African secret service and a former KGB agent, all of them set upon halting Mandela's rise to power.

Faced with a world in which terrorism knows no frontiers Wallander must prevent a hideous crime that means to dam the tide of history.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099535324



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This was a gripping and disturbing chapter in the Wallander series. The realities of South African apartheid were shocking and deeply disturbing, as were the attitudes of the perpetrators of the crime that Wallander has to try to solve in this, the third, of his cases. The initial murder of Louise Akerblom is just the beginning - the web of terrorism goes far wider and deeper that the small Swedish town where it all begins.The story jumps between Sweden and South Africa so you are taken away from the case for a while to set the scene. As usual, it is a page turner although I have to admit, the building of tension at the end by what seemed to be one inept mess up after another did get a little annoying. Nevertheless, it is a great read.

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This book was so not what I expected and this is despite the fact that the other Wallander novels I've read are... not what I expected? <br/><br/>This one has Wallander being his usual angst-ridden self, but it also has a storyline that once again tackles politics, but this time on a bigger scale which includes a plot to assassinate President F.W. De Klerk (as this takes place just after the release of Mandela) and a black finger of an assassin, the only lead to go on in finding the murder of a woman who simply wandered into a situation at the wrong time.<br/><br/>It's a pretty ambitious novel, the narrative switching between Wallander's investigation and the South African conspiracy. I could have done without Klerk actually having a role and lines (it kind of threw me out of the story at times), but overall, it's a gripping read with a lot of food for thought.

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I really enjoy the writing style of Henning Mankell and have read a number of his titles. I generally don't like to read 'pre cell phone' titles as it annoys me -- expecting more of the plot. I thought there were a couple of plot issues in this book. As an example in Chapter 31 Kleyn was filling a notebook with meaningless combinations of words and numbers to act as a ruse, knowing that it would be found. Honestly, anyone who writes in their journal knows how long it really takes to fill one up. Nonsense that it occurred in such a brief span. More egregious was when Wallander was chasing Konovalenko in his car and "managed' a lucky shot to blow out a tire and another that started the car on fire -- if you've watched Myth Busters you know it doesn't happen. The other fault I found was both the bad guys and the good guys having near clairvoyance in knowing what they had done or were planning to do. A good read, but far from Makell's best.

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This fine story has already been fully described and discussed by many other reviewers.It jumps between Ystad in Sweden and South Africa I shall only add that this has to be one of the better books I have read this year.

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