Mankell's fierce instinct for social criticism is admirable.
Mankell writes with both a social conscience and great humour.
Mankell is the master.
A very engaging portrait . . . There is a powerful lack of sentimentality to the telling of the story [and] a lovely and genuinely moving love story at the heart of the book.
One of Scandinavia's finest writers.
An excellent craftsman.
In life and in art Henning Mankell was a man of passionate commitment.
He is in the great tradition of those whose works transcend their chosen genre to become thrilling and moral literature.
A literary writer of considerable accomplishment.
Provides a fascinating preview of the psychology of Kurt Wallander who was to become Mankell's most famous creation