The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander, #3) by Henning Mankell

The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander, #3)

The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case even though there is no obvious suspect. But then Wallander learns of a determined stalker, and soon enough, the cops catch up with him. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, they realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex—and dangerous. Combining compelling insights into the sinister side of modern life with a riveting tale of...

Details The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander, #3)

TitleThe White Lioness (Kurt Wallander, #3)
Release DateSep 4th, 2003
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Thriller, Cultural, Sweden, European Literature, Scandinavian Literature

Reviews The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander, #3)

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”A child should grow, grow bigger; but in my country a black child has to learn how to grow smaller and smaller. I saw my parents succumb to their own invisibility, their own accumulated bitterness. I was an obedient child and learned to be a nobody among nobodies. Apartheid was my real father. I learned what no one should need to learn. To live with falsehood, contempt, a lie elevated to the only truth in my country. A lie enforced by police a...
  • Mark
    I'm only reviewing this one book, but I've read the entire detective series by Henning Mankell, and I am a huge fan. I first became aware of him after returning from a trip to Sweden in 2004, and then discovered he has a cult following in Europe and is beginning to have one in the U.S. He has written all kinds of novels, but I've focused on his mystery series featuring Swedish police officer Kurt Wallander. The Wallander stories are good mysterie...
  • James Thane
    This, the third entry in Henning Mankell's series featuring Swedish Inspector Kurt Wallander, appeared in 1993, and is a very ambitious effort--in the end, perhaps overly so. The story starts simply enough with the murder of a real estate agent who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it quickly spins into a major international conspiracy involving a plot by die-hard South African whites to assassinate Nelson Mandela, shortly a...
  • Lyn
    Kurt Wallander and South Africa.One of Sweden’s most recognized fiction crime fighters gets caught up in international espionage in this 1993 post cold war thriller that has half of it’s action involving the end of Apartheid in South Africa as the reigning Boers free Nelson Mandela and all hell breaks lose.What keeps this moving and what holds it together is author Henning Mankell’s excellent writing (and to be fair Laurie Thompson’s tran...
  • June
    Henning, dude, if you want to write a book about how it sucks to live in racist South Africa, I'm all for it. But I picked up this book because it was a KURT WALLANDER mystery. Wallander--the SWEDISH policeman, for he really going to foil a plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela? I want to read about SWEDISH police doing SWEDISH things like solving murders in SKANE, drinking coffee and eating sandwiches. If I wanted to read the Ladie...
  • Harry
    Book ReviewThe White Lioness, the third in the Kurt Wallander series is perhaps intended as Mankell's most ambitious Wallander novel to date. I say "intended" because on some levels it doesn't succeed as such. I'm a big fan of Wallander: his idiosyncrasies, his anti-authority attitude, his loneliness and faltering family relations - they all evoke a reader's empathy in just the right amounts - but Mankell's ambitions to incorporate in this book a...
  • Clay
    I hesitated a long time before reading the third Wallander story. That's mainly because I knew that this book would be much different than the first two since it is a lot more ambitious. It deals with Mandela... hence with world politics. Uuuughhh... is this really what I want to read in a proper noir/crime novel? Nah... I read the papers for that kinda stuff. The first two books had many flaws but they were also interesting in a certain way beca...
  • Brad
    I approached The White Lioness tentatively, afraid that I wouldn't like it and that it could very well mark the end of my appreciation for the written Wallander.Faceless Killers was a somewhat uninspired though compelling murder mystery. It was straightforward, and exactly what one would expect from the story of a taciturn Swedish cop in quiet Ystad. Coupled with the BBC movies, it was more than enough to make me want to proceed in the series. Do...
  • Tony
    THE WHITE LIONESS. (1993; Eng. Trans. 1998). Henning Mankell. ****.I wish I had had the foresight to read Mankell’s books in order, although, ultimately it didn’t make any difference. What precluded my doing so was the fact that the books were not translated in order into English from the Swedish originals. I don’t know why. In any event, I have finally made it to this episode, which starts out rather mundanely with the disappearance of a f...
  • Laura
    This is the third book of the Wallander series.The plot is around an execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife. This apparent simple investigation unmasks a murder plot against President De Klerk and the future South-african president Nelson Mandela. A ex-KGB agent together with a mercenary south-african will be responsible for such political outrage. As usual, Inspector Wallander gives his own personal way in this crime investigation.The boo...
  • Debbie
    So far it's been my experience that the Kurt Wallander series seems to improve with each successive novel. This one was rich in setting, characters, and interwoven incidents that held my attention throughout. A very good read to me.
  • Lewis Weinstein
    Mankell undertook a difficult premise ... major related crimes on two continents, without much coordination between the police. I am intrigued by Wallender with all of his flaws and uncertainties. The African side was relatively weaker, with no well-developed characters to care about. The ending was staged and anti-climatic. So I gave it 3*** on a stretch. Other books in this series are better.
  • Laurel
    Published in 1993, this is the third book in the Kurt Wallander series, and the best in my opinion, preceded by-Faceless Killers and The Dogs of Riga. Wallander is a detective inspector in a small city in Sweden. He is divorced, out of shape and experiences waves of self-doubt concerning his abilities as a police officer, father, and son. When Wallander has a case to solve, he is like a dog with a bone. He cannot let it go, and all else goes by t...
  • Eric_W
    Some of the best police procedural/mystery writing is coming out of the Scandinavian countries. Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, for example, also come from Sweden, and their work is consistently excellent. Not to mention there must ne some very good translators working on these books. Mankell, who wrote this in 1993 as apartheid was beginning to crumble, has little love for those white South Africans who wanted to retain the status quo. In this, one ...
  • Michael
    Review from Badelynge.After the underwhelming Dogs of Riga I was hoping for a big fat Swedish murder investigation this time. The White Lioness is a far superior animal by far but it's also not entirely that big fat dose of Wallander I wanted. Written just before South Africa would throw away the worst of its horrific identity, Mankell once again writes a book that is so very rooted in the time of its writing - here the early 90s leading up to th...
  • Ana
    Homicídios, investigação policial, conspiração política e bastante suspense fazem deste livro um policial entusiasmante em que as páginas voam. Gosto do comissário Wallander e gosto das intrigas engendradas por Henning Mankell. Uma saga para continuar.
  • Dany
    A very good story and a very good narrator. 5 stars!
  • Deb Jones
    A police procedural, historical fiction and thriller wrapped into one in this the third of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series.
  • Eduardo Napoles
    Por tercera ocasión ha sido un placer que el inspector Wallander me pueda permitir ver un poco mas de su vida y el como resuelve los casos tan crudos que le tocan en su trabajo.Este libro lo veo como 2 historias diferentes, la de Wallander está excelente pero la de Sudafrica se siente completamente como relleno de la historia, aunque las implicaciones históricas que maneja son fuertes.
  • Shane
    Tales of two countries, bound by a telex. That’s how I thought of summarizing this book set in Sweden and South Africa.I have been repeatedly urged to read Mankell by many crime novel aficionados due to his pre-occupation with global themes and issues that go beyond the crime genre. After watching the very satisfying Wallander tele-drama series, where the focus was purely on the insomniac policeman who defies protocol, and after a recent visit ...
  • Bibliophile
    The White Lioness is the third in Henning Mankell’s series of romans policiers starring the world-weary and digestively troubled Kurt Wallander. It’s 1993 and Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk are negotiating the end to apartheid in South Africa. Meanwhile, in Ystad, Kurt Wallander is investigating the execution-style murder of a young housewife who seemingly had no flaws and no enemies. The two stories converge in an international intrigue a ...
  • Nancy Oakes
    The White Lioness is book number three in Mankell's series of crime novels Ystad detective featuring Kurt Wallander. I was really iffy on whether or not I would read this one, since it seemed more like a span-the-globe type of mystery, but I stuck with it and was happily rewarded. The action begins when an estate agent goes out to look at a house for sale and loses her way on the road. Stopping to ask for directions at a farmhouse was the last th...
  • June Ahern
    This was a CD gift to me. I had not read Henning Mankell books before and now I will read his other novels. A murder happens quickly in the story and the hunt for the killer by Detective Kurt Wallander becomes intense and actually obsessive by the policeman. The problem I had was the introduction of so many characters from another location with another plot. The turns, twist, intertwining and ultimately the knitting together of each character is ...
  • Catherine
    One of those books for which I stayed up late three nights in a row to read. Mankell's famous chief inspector Wallander is an interesting mess of a man: fundamentally pragmatic, noble, and kind-hearted but with patches of the naive and the childishly impulsive. This book in particular focuses on how he, a small-town Swedish policeman, is faced with the fact that globalization and more porous borders is affecting his everyday practice...and possib...
  • Teresa
    Este livro é deveras interessante. Não se limita a ser um policial. O crime que o inspector começa por investigar é apenas um acessório para falar de terrorismo, poder e luta pela liberdade.Apesar de não gostar de livros baseados em histórias verídicas, adoro ler um livro, tal como este, em que o autor cria personagens e as coloca a interagir com pessoas reais.Aos poucos vou conhecendo Kurt Wallender, que se vai revelando uma personagem m...
  • Hung Nguyen
    Một cuốn sách khá là tham vọng của Henning Mankell: Bối cảnh rộng lớn, âm mưu, thủ đoạn sâu xa, phức tạp hơn nhiều so với Bầy chó Riga. Có thể nói tác giả đã làm tương đối tốt trong việc truyền tải tác phẩm đến người đọc bằng lối kể chuyện lôi cuốn của mình. Người đọc cũng có được cái nhìn tương đối hoàn chỉnh về tình hình chính tr...
  • MAPS - Booktube
    Je dois malheureusement donner une seule étoile pour ce livre parce que j'ai eu de la difficulté à le poursuivre du début à la fin. Je me suis demandée si ce n'est pas entre autres parce qu'il a été publié il y a 25 ans...mais je n'ai pas du tout accrochée. La narration est lourde parce qu'elle suit au moins 10 personnages différents et il est difficile de tous les situer et de se souvenir de leur position dans cette histoire. Puisqu'i...
  • Laura LVD
    La mitad de la novela transcurre en Sudáfrica y es más un thriller político que un policial. A esto le sumo que el supuesto protagonista, Wallander, aparece bastante poco y casi como un personaje secundario.Resultado: un bodoque de casi 600 páginas que me aburrió bastante y estuve tentada de abandonar. Parecen 2 novelas separadas a las que se les hicieron un par de arreglos torpes y a último momento para conectarlas.Así que, muy a mi pesar...