Tangent: Making contact at a single point or along a line; touching but not intersecting.
Henning Mankells The White Lioness is almost like 2 novels in one. On one side, we have the Swedish police investigating the murder of a Real Estate agent, along with a severed finger of someone of African descent. Investigation indicates that one of these actions, then both, are tied to a Russian thug who has entered the country. On the other side, we have a South Africa preparing for some sort of radical (at the time) departure from apartheid, threatened by a conspiracy to assassinate an influential leader but is it President De Klerk, or ANC head Nelson Mandela?
Readers can tell that these two stories are closely tied together, but the investigators in each country cannot. As such, it is not apparent to the Swedish authorities that they have stumbled upon a plot to alter world history nor do the South African investigators know that the threat they are seeking can be found in Scandinavia.
To be honest, I was not impressed with the first book in Mankells Kurt Wallander series, Faceless Killers or at least the first of those translated into English. However, as I already owned the second book The Dogs of Riga, I invested the time to read it and enjoyed it much more than the first. This book, the third in the series, surpasses the Dogs of Riga. I enjoyed it tremendously, and eagerly look forward to tackling the next book in this series.
RATING: 4.93 stars OK, lets just call it 5 stars
Kurt Wallander, a Swedish detective investigates the execution-style murder of a Real Estate agent leading him into a an assassination plot in this riveting tale of international intrigue.