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Kjell Eriksson: The Demon of Dakar (paperback)

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Now in paperback:

The Demon of Dakar
Kjell Eriksson
Minotaur Books
ISBN 978-0-312-36670-4
23 June 2009
$17.95 in Canada

See also: hardback edition

Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, international sensation Kjell Eriksson has quickly built a name for himself in the United States. In this highly acclaimed follow-up to The Cruel Stars of the Night, Manuel Alavez’s life is in ruins. One of his brothers is dead, the other is in jail, and the man who double-crossed both men is running a high-class successful restaurant. A series of dramatic events inevitably leads to murder, and Inspector Ann Lindell is forced to sample many fine meals at the restaurant as she attempts to thwart a cunning killer.

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Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:12

Henning Mankell: The Pyramid (paperback)

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Forthcoming paperback release:

The Pyramid: The Origins of Kurt Wallander
Henning Mankell
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-307-39835-2
6 October 2009
$21.00 in Canada

See also: hardback edition

Translated from the Swedish by Ebba Segerberg, Laurie Thompson & Steven T. Murray

9780307398352

Now available for the first time in paperback from Vintage Canada, this international bestseller is the missing piece of the critically acclaimed Kurt Wallander mystery series: the story of Wallander’s beginnings.

The Pyramid is the prequel to the bestselling Kurt Wallander series, and reintroduces readers to a character they thought they knew everything about. Here, we see Wallander as a twenty-one-year-old patrolman, as a young father facing an unexpected danger on Christmas Eve, as a budding detective on the brink of middle age solving a case of poisoning, as an investigator solving the murder of a local photographer, and finally as a veteran detective discovering unexpected connections between a downed mystery plane and the assassination of a pair of spinster sisters. Watching this fascinating character come into his own and develop his signature methodical and instinctive work style, makes for riveting reading.

The Pyramid is vintage Mankell, and a must-have for his many fans.

Henning Mankell: The Pyramid

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The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries
Henning Mankell
The New Press
ISBN 978-1-56584-994-5
23 September 2008
$29.95 in Canada

See also: paperback edition

9781565849945

At last, a key addition to the Kurt Wallander mystery series: the book of short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here we meet Wallander the twenty-one-year-old patrolman on his first criminal investigation, Wallander the young father facing an unexpected danger on Christmas Eve, Wallander on the brink of middle age solving a case of poisoning, the newly separated Wallander investigating the murder of a local photographer, and Wallander the veteran detective discovering unexpected connections between a downed mystery plane and the assassination of a pair of spinster sisters. Over the course of these five mysteries, he comes into his own as a murder detective, defined by his simultaneously methodical and instinctive work, and is increasingly haunted from witnessing the worst aspects of an atomized society.

Written from the unique perspective of an author looking back upon his own creation to discover his origins, these mysteries are vintage Mankell. Essential reading for all Wallander fans, The Pyramid is also a wonderful showcase for Mankell’s powers as a writer.

Kjell Eriksson: The Cruel Stars of the Night

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Now available in trade paperback:

The Cruel Stars of the Night
Kjell Eriksson
St. Martin’s Minotaur
ISBN 978-0-312-36668-1
29 April 2008
$14.50 in Canada

Original Title: Nattens grymma stjärnor

9780312366681

Winner of the Swedish crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, Kjell Eriksson received wide critical acclaim for his U.S. debut, the international bestseller The Princess of Burundi. Now, this spectacular follow-up thriller opens with the abrupt disappearance of an elderly professor, followed quickly by the suspicious deaths of two more old men. Inspector Ann Lindell instinctively knows that she is tracking a most cunning serial killer, and as she closes in on the demented murderer, a diabolical death trap awaits.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-27 at 16:51

Kjell Eriksson: The Demon of Dakar

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The Demon of Dakar
Kjell Eriksson
St. Martin’s Minotaur
ISBN 978-0-312-36669-8
29 April 2008
$27.95 in Canada

Original Title: Mannen från bergen
See also: paperback edition

9780312366698

In The Demon of Dakar, Ann Lindell and her motley crew of colleagues are faced with a most baffling murder case in which all clues lead straight back to a popular local restaurant named Dakar. The owner, Slobodan Andersson, has some shady connections in his past, and his partner’s reputation is equally murky.

The kitchen crew is not above suspicion, either. The meat chef is an oddball, to say the least, while unbeknownst to the rest, the newest hire’s personal life is a tangled web of lies. Even Eva Willman, the seemingly blameless older woman returning to the workforce as a waitress, has skeletons in her closet.

And then the tension rachets up a number of notches as it becomes apparent that one murder has not satisfied the killer in the least. If Ann is to prevent a bloodbath at Restaurant Dakar, she must match wits with a killer whose motives are seemingly completely obscure.

But the reader knows the killer well. His crimes are justified from his point of view. Not only that, he’s a very likable fellow who is only looking for justice. As in all of Kjell Eriksson’s compelling spellbinders, though, justice entails a frantic race to the finish, a race without rules and fraught with danger.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-27 at 16:40