The leader of a religious cult in Guyana instigates a mass suicide. He succeeds in killing himself and his whole flock of worshippers, save one.
In a wood outside Ystad, the police make an horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in an attitude of prayer. A Bible lies at the victim's side, handwritten corrections and amendments on every page.
A string of incidents, including attacks on domestic animals, has been taking place and Inspector Wallander fears that these events could be the prelude to attacks on humans on a much greater scale. Meanwhile Linda Wallander, preparing to join the Ystad police force, arrives at the station. Showing all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper - she becomes involved in the case and in the process is forced to confront a group of extremists bent on punishing the world's sinners.
The best parts are Wallander's. I miss him so much! Sometimes Linda's character drives me crazy.
I've read 9 books of the Wallander Series and this is the first one that truly disappoints me. It just doesn't 'feel' like a Mankell book - there is nothing here about the well-developed characters and their relationships that are present in all previous books. The story is not as strong as previous ones and Linda's antics just made me want to stop reading.
Linda Wallander, is definitely not a likable character. I doubt Mankell will have the same kind of success with a series about this disrespectful brat.
The audio book has a new narrator than only makes things worst. I don't think she has knowledge of the characters or a real feel for them. A really bad choice of narrator!...Continua