Book review: The White Lioness by Henning Mankell

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 book’s tittle refers to an albino lioness and its real meaning is given below:

Page 383:

He was thinking about the white lioness. A symbol of Africa, he thought. The animal at rest, the calm before it gets to its feet and musters all its strength. The beast of prey one cannot afford to wound, but which has to be killed if it starts to attack.

A movie was made based on this book: The White Lioness (1996).

And Keneth Branagah played the role of Kurt Wallander in BBC Series – The White Lioness (2015).


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