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Pisando los talones

Pisando los talones

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483836564
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Year: 2013-01-10
La noche de San Juan, alguien, agazapado tras un matorral, contempla cómo se divierten unos jóvenes... Por esas mismas fechas, ajeno al drama que se fragua, el inspector Kurt Wallander regresa de sus vacaciones, y en agosto, ya metido en la rutina, empieza a acusar un extraño agotamiento que está a punto de costarle la vida en un accidente de tráfico. Cuando acude al médico, se lleva un buen susto al saber el diagnóstico. Para colmo, Svedberg, uno de sus colegas, no aparece a su vuelta de las vacaciones, y una madre presiona a los agentes para que busquen a su hija: hace ya más de un mes, la joven se marchó de viaje con unos amigos de manera imprevista, y todo indica que las postales que han enviado son falsas. Svedberg, que sigue sin dar señales de vida, ¿no estaba investigando esas desapariciones? Wallander no puede ni imaginar las incógnitas que le presentará este caso... ni los sangrientos crímenes que deberá resolver, «y cuanto antes», como le pide el fiscal.
One Step Behind

One Step Behind

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: New Press/ORIM
ISBN: 1595586148
Pages: 416
Year: 2002-02-01
Sweden’s most tenacious detective races to unlock the twisted logic behind a madman’s crimes: “Lyrical, meticulous, and stunningly suspenseful” (St. Petersburg Times). On Midsummer’s Eve, three friends gather in a secluded meadow in Sweden. In the beautifully clear twilight, they don 18th-century costumes and begin a secret role-play. But an uninvited guest soon brings their performance to a gruesome conclusion. His approach is careful; his aim is perfect. Three bullets, three corpses. And his plans have only just begun to take shape. Meanwhile, Inspector Kurt Wallander is just back from vacation. Constantly fatigued, he soon learns his health is at risk—but there’s no time for rest when a fellow officer is murdered. Wallander soon discovers that the two grisly crimes are connected. A serial killer is on the loose, and the only lead is a photograph of a strange woman no one in Sweden seems to know. Forced to dig into the personal life of a trusted colleague, Wallander steps into a nightmare worse than any he could have imagined. Can he find his way out of the darkness before it’s too late? A pulse-pounding thriller and an incisive investigation into the mysteries of human nature, One Step Behind is “typical of the dense, intricate intelligence that Mankell brings to detection and crime writing” (The Washington Post Book World).
Cortafuegos

Cortafuegos

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483836572
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Year: 2013-01-10
Ystad, Suecia, otoño de 1997. Un hombre muere en extrañas circunstancias a las puertas de un cajero automático. Poco después, dos muchachas asesinan salvajemente a un taxista. Detenidas y trasladadas a la comisaría, las dos adolescentes sorprenden a todo el mundo con su agresividad y su indiferencia ante el crimen que han cometido. En un descuido de los agentes, una de ellas logra huir. Al día siguiente, un problema en el suministro eléctrico deja a oscuras gran parte de la región de Escania; cuando el técnico de mantenimiento acude a la estación transformadora, hará un descubrimiento aterrador. El inspector Kurt Wallander no lo tiene nada fácil: a las complejidades informáticas que acaban envolviendo las pesquisas, se suman los indicios de traición que el inspector descubre en su equipo de investigadores. Además, la casi insoportable soledad afectiva del protagonista hacen que se cuestione seriamente su continuidad como policía.
La falsa pista

La falsa pista

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483836505
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Year: 2012-12-14
En Suecia nadie recuerda un verano tan caluroso como el de 1994. Mientras la gente sigue con pasión los partidos finales del Campeonato Mundial de Fútbol, el inspector Kurt Wallander se dispone a iniciar unas cortas vacaciones. Pero la tranquilidad de la provincia de Escania se ve truncada cuando una muchacha, al parecer extranjera, se suicida quemándose a lo bonzo. Wallander y su equipo tratan de averiguar la identidad de la joven y los motivos de esa trágica decisión; pero los sobresaltos no han hecho más que empezar, pues un brutal asesino en serie ha comenzado su macabra actividad. Las primeras víctimas son un antiguo ministro de Justicia, un adinerado tratante de arte y un ladronzuelo de poca monta. Para detener esta carnicería, Wallander se aferra a una pista que le conducirá a las altas esferas de la política y pondrá en peligro su vida y la de sus allegados.
Sidetracked

Sidetracked

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: New Press/ORIM
ISBN: 1595586164
Pages: 352
Year: 1999-06-01
A demented killer is on the warpath and only Wallander can stop him: “Mankell at his best . . . If you haven’t bought Sidetracked, do so ASAP” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Inspector Kurt Wallander’s long-anticipated vacation plans are interrupted by two horrific deaths: the self-immolation of an unidentified young woman and the brutal murder of the former minister of justice. As the police struggle to piece together the few clues they have, the killer strikes again and again. What connection is there between a retired minister of justice, a successful art dealer, and a common petty thief? Why does the killer scalp his victims? And could there be some connection between the young woman’s suicide and the murders? Sidetracked, winner of the Best Crime Novel of the Year in Sweden, is an outstanding entry in the series that inspired the BBC program Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell, called “the King of Crime” by The Economist, infuses police procedural with a searing critique of contemporary society, from the disintegration of the family and the exploitation of women to corruption and scandal at the highest levels of government. “Connoisseurs of the police procedural will tear into this installment like the seven-course banquet it is” (Kirkus Reviews).
The Return of the Dancing Master

The Return of the Dancing Master

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 1400076951
Pages: 407
Year: 2005
Fifty-four years after war criminals are hanged in ruined Nazi Germany, a retired police officer is found slaughtered on his farm in Sweden, leading a former colleague to investigate and to uncover the links between the death and global Neo-Nazi activity. By the author of The Dogs of Riga. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Los perros de Riga

Los perros de Riga

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483836475
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Year: 2012-12-14
En esta segunda entrega, tras haber familiarizado a sus lectores con la fría región de Suecia donde Wallander es jefe de policía, Mankell traslada al inspector fuera de su jurisdicción, al vecino país de Letonia. En la capital debe investigar la muerte de dos letones, cuyos cadáveres llegaron a la costa sueca, paradójicamente, a bordo de un bote salvavidas. Acosado por sus problemas de salud, sus remordimientos por desatender a su anciano padre o la angustia por la separación de su mujer y la pérdida de contacto con su hija, la vida del inspector dará un vuelco cuando conozca a Baiba Lepa, una mujer que agregará a los conflictos políticos de Letonia las turbulencias propias del amor.
La leona blanca

La leona blanca

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483836483
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Year: 2012-12-14
El hallazgo del cadáver de una joven agente inmobiliaria, asesinada brutalmente sin ningún motivo aparente, supone para Wallander un descenso a los infiernos mucho más largo y profundo de lo que nunca hubiera imaginado al iniciarse un caso. Y esta vez, además, se trata de una conspiración internacional detrás de la cual se encuentra una organización de extrema derecha. Ésta, decidida a dinamitar el proceso antiapartheid en la lejana Sudáfrica, ha contratado a un asesino a sueldo, quien, con la ayuda de un antiguo agente de la KGB, planea atentar contra un importante dirigente muy cerca de donde Wallander investiga. Acosado por sus persistentes problemas personales, el inspector entrará en una espiral de suspense cada vez más vertiginoso.
The Fifth Woman

The Fifth Woman

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: New Press/ORIM
ISBN: 1595586121
Pages: 432
Year: 2000-08-01
From the #1 international-bestselling master of Scandinavian noir: a “marvelously told mystery” of murder in Sweden and corruption in Africa (Austin American-Statesman). In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are found with their throats slit. The local police do little to investigate . . . and cover up the unknown woman’s death. A year later in Sweden, Holger Eriksson, a retired car dealer and birdwatcher, is skewered to death after falling into a pit of carefully sharpened bamboo poles. Soon after, the body of a missing florist is discovered strangled and tied to a tree. Baffled and appalled by the crimes, the only clues Inspector Kurt Wallander has to go on are a skull, a diary, and a photo of three men. What ensues is a complex, meticulously plotted investigation that will push the detective to his limits. The key is the unsolved killing of the fifth woman in Africa—who was she, and what did she have to do with the brutal deaths of two seemingly innocent men? Are more victims in danger? The answers will lead Wallander to question everything he thought he knew about the psychology of murder. An international bestseller, this “scary and cunning tale” (Rocky Mountain News) “achieves the satisfying density of plot and characterization” (The Baltimore Sun) that established Henning Mankell as one of the twentieth-century’s finest crime writers. His Kurt Wallander mysteries are now the basis for the hit TV show Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh.
The White Lioness

The White Lioness

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: New Press/ORIM
ISBN: 1595586113
Pages: 432
Year: 2011-05-10
A small-town murder leads to international intrigue in this “first-class thriller” from the New York Times–bestselling master of Scandinavian crime (The New York Times Book Review). Inspector Kurt Wallander returns in the second of Henning Mankell’s award-winning, internationally-bestselling detective novels, this time to investigate the execution-style killing of a Swedish housewife. The local police focus on a determined stalker who’s suddenly nowhere to be found, but when they finally catch up with their prime suspect his alibi turns out to be airtight. Digging deeper, Wallander discovers that the woman’s death is more complex and dangerous than a crime of passion. His search for the truth takes him far from home and into the murky world of apartheid-era South Africa, where he uncovers a sinister assassination plot. Soon the small-town detective finds himself in a high-stakes tangle with the South African secret service and a ruthless ex-KGB agent. Combining heart-pounding suspense with probing social commentary, The White Lioness is an essential chapter in the addictive mystery series that inspired the hit TV show Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. “It is not hard to see why the Wallander books have made such an impact” (Times Literary Supplement).
Asesinos sin rostro

Asesinos sin rostro

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483836467
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Year: 2012-12-14
En este histórico primer encuentro con sus lectores, el inspector Wallander debe resolver un caso casi tan complicado como su vida personal. Mientras procura desenmascarar a los despiadados asesinos de una anciana que ha muerto con la palabra "extranjero" en la boca antes de que los prejuicios raciales latentes en la comunidad desaten una ola de violencia vengadora, Wallander debe enfrentar el abandono de su esposa, la hostilidad de su hija, la demencia senil de su padre y hasta su propio deterioro físico a causa del exceso de alcohol y comida barata y la falta de sueño. Wallander terminarán por hallar la inesperada solución del caso, pero sus problemas familiares no acabarán con este libro. Por no hablar de los de su país, arrojado a una nueva era en la que, como cree el inspector, "la inquietud aumentará bajo el cielo".
Firewall

Firewall

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: New Press/ORIM
ISBN: 159558613X
Pages: 416
Year: 2002-11-07
International bestseller: Murder becomes a high tech game of cat and mouse in this “thinking man’s thriller” from the master of Nordic noir (The New York Times Book Murder). Ystad, Sweden. A man stops at an ATM during his evening walk and inexplicably falls to the ground dead. Two teenage girls brutally murder a taxi driver. They are quickly apprehended, shocking local policemen with their complete lack of remorse. A few days later a blackout cuts power to a large swath of the country. When a serviceman arrives at the malfunctioning power substation, he makes a grisly discovery. Inspector Kurt Wallander senses these events must be linked, but he has to figure out how and why. The search for answers eventually leads him dangerously close to a group of anarchic terrorists who hide in the shadows of cyberspace. Somehow, these criminals always seem to know the police department’s next move. How can a small group of detectives unravel a plot designed to wreak havoc on a worldwide scale? And will they solve the riddle before it’s too late? A riveting police procedural about our increasing vulnerability in the modern digitized world, Firewall “proves once again that spending time with a glum police inspector in chilly Sweden can be quite thrilling . . . A notable success” (Publishers Weekly).
Pyramid

Pyramid

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: New Press/ORIM
ISBN: 1595585826
Pages: 400
Year: 2008-09-23
The story of the Swedish detective’s beginnings, told in five gripping short mysteries: “An indispensable chapter to the saga” (Booklist, starred review). Here are the stories that trace, chronologically, Kurt Wallander’s growth from a rookie cop into a young father and then a middle-aged divorcé, illuminating how he became a first-rate detective and highlighting new facets of the character who “remains one of the most impressive and credible creations of crime fiction today” (The Guardian). “Wallander’s First Case“ introduces us to the twenty-one-year-old patrolman on his first homicide case: his next-door neighbor, seemingly dead by his own hand. In “The Man with the Mask”, Wallander is a young father confronting an unexpected threat on Christmas Eve. On the brink of middle age, he is troubled by a distant wife as he unravels the poisoning of a lonely vacationer in “The Man on the Beach.” Newly separated in “The Death of the Photographer,” Wallander investigates the brutal murder—and the well-concealed secrets—of the local studio photographer. In the title story, he is a veteran detective uncovering unexpected connections between a downed mystery plane and the assassination of a pair of elderly sisters. Written from the unique perspective of an author looking back on the life of his own character, these mysteries are vintage Henning Mankell and essential reading for fans of the fiction series or the PBS program Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. The Pyramid is a wonderful display of Mankell’s virtuosity powers as “the unrivalled master of Swedish crime fiction and one of the finest practitioners of the genre anywhere” (Toronto Star).
El hombre inquieto

El hombre inquieto

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483836599
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Year: 2013-01-10
La vida del inspector Kurt Wallander ha cambiado ligeramente: no sólo ha hecho realidad su sueño de tener una casa en el campo, sino que, además, su hija Linda lo ha convertido en abuelo. Sin embargo, su tranquilidad se ve perturbada poco después, un día de invierno de 2008, cuando el suegro de Linda, un oficial de alto rango de la Marina sueca llamado Håkan von Enke, desaparece en un bosque cerca de Estocolmo. Aunque la investigación la dirige la policía de Estocolmo, Wallander no puede evitar implicarse, sobre todo cuando una segunda persona desaparece en misteriosas circunstancias. Algunas pistas apuntan a grupos de extrema derecha en el seno de la Marina sueca y a la época de la Guerra Fría, en particular a la década de los ochenta, cuando varios submarinos soviéticos fueron acusados de violar territorio sueco. Wallander comprende que está a punto de desvelar un gran secreto cuyo alcance abarcaría toda la historia de Suecia tras la segunda guerra mundial. Pero una nube aún más negra asoma por el horizonte.
El hombre sonriente

El hombre sonriente

Author: Henning Mankell
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8483836491
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Year: 2012-12-14
Lo último que ha visto un abogado, antes de ser asesinado, es un muñeco del tamaño de un hombre atravesado en la carretera, donde se vio obligado a detenerse en medio de la espesa niebla. Este extraño comienzo, cargado de una atmósfera de misterio tan clásica, es el punto de partida de un complicado caso de delincuencia económica en las altas esferas. Pero es también el inicio de un enfrentamiento cada vez más personal del inspector Wallander con un adinerado, sonriente y autoritario mecenas. Sintiendo a cada paso su vida amenazada, el inspector se ganará el respeto de su enemigo pero no se detendrá hasta borrar esa sonrisa de su rostro.