By Henning Mankell
Det ligger en guy på gatan framför den blå automaten. I handen håller han en vit lapp. Den visar att han har 9765 kronor på sitt konto. Kort dessförinnan har ett taximord inträffat i Ystad. Förövarna är två unga flickor som tycks helt oberörda av gärningen. Helt oväntat lyckas den äldre av dem rymma.
En sen kväll slocknar plötsligt ljuset. Ett strömavbrott slår ut stora delar av Skåne. Förklaringen finns i en ensligt belägen transformatorstation. Därinne ligger den svartbrända kroppen av en människa som nu mest liknar en mumie.
Så småningom börjar kommissarie Wallander ana att de olika händelserna hänger samman. Det finns några som agerar. Som har ett syfte och en plan. Några har förstått hur sårbart det moderna samhället är. Och tänker utnyttja det until eventually det yttersta.
"Bortsett från Wallander själv är Brandvägg faktiskt en briljant deckare eftersom den demonstrerar Mankells två starkaste sidor: en kuslig förmåga att angripa den exakt rätta aktuella skräckhistorien, samtidigt som den bevarar många av berättarteknikerna från tidigare deckarförfattare" skrev The Spectator.
Henning Mankells böcker om kommissarie Wallander har sålt i närmare 25 miljoner exemplar över hela världen. Prisbelönta. Filmatiserade. Brandvägg är den åttonde boken i serien.
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He intoned abruptly, and swept his hat off, holding it crown downwards before me. I fumbled in my pocket for change. " I demanded of him somewhat irritably, for I was now ashamed of the impulse to which I had almost yielded, to get to my bag on the floor of the cab and fetch the revolver. I was the more irritated, perceiving how foolish such an action would have been; this blind singer held no terror for me and surely harbored no malice, either. "I didn't like to stop the song," he answered, as if that were obvious.
The silence hung in the air between us. "Alms? " he intoned abruptly, and swept his hat off, holding it crown downwards before me. I fumbled in my pocket for change. " I demanded of him somewhat irritably, for I was now ashamed of the impulse to which I had almost yielded, to get to my bag on the floor of the cab and fetch the revolver. I was the more irritated, perceiving how foolish such an action would have been; this blind singer held no terror for me and surely harbored no malice, either. "I didn't like to stop the song," he answered, as if that were obvious.
Holmes's German was better than mine, though not by much. Aside from memorized quotations from Goethe and Schiller—no doubt also culled from schooldays and of little use to us now—his knowledge of most languages (except French, which he spoke fluently) was confined to the vocabulary of crime. * In the present instance he appeared to be at a loss to describe Moriarty, but the cab-man was polite, especially when Holmes offered him some money. He had purchased a language aid at the book counter next to the buffet, and this he whipped out, thumbing frantically in an effort to enlarge his command of German.
Brandvägg by Henning Mankell