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Shadows in the Twilight

By Henning Mankell

Shadows in the Twilight
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2008,
    208 pages.
    Age range: Children


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Joel will soon be 12, and he thinks nothing is going on in the small community where he lives. But he's wrong. One day, an incident that could easily have been a catastrophe turns into a miracle. Now Joel believes he owes the world a good deed, to prove that he deserved what might have been divine intervention. He thinks up an elaborate scheme, but it doesn't go as anticipated. Even though his heart is in the right place, feelings are hurt. If he confesses what he's done and why, will things be put right again?

Readers who met Joel Gustafson, his father, and their friends in A Bridge to the Stars will follow, with appreciation, Henning Mankell's shrewd depiction, in this companion novel, of the surprising changes in Joel's existence. Mankell deftly explores Joel's self-discovery, his realization that lives can be altered in a single moment, and his new understanding that a choice between telling the truth and keeping silent can make all the difference.

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"The plot is thin and purposeless, and there is no attempt at a denouement. A disappointing sequel." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Henning Mankell Author Biography

Henning Mankell is the acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes (including the UK's Golden Dagger Award in 2000) and generating numerous international film and television adaptations. Born in a village in northern Sweden in 1948, Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique.

Kurt Wallander Series (dates are English-language publication dates):

  1. Faceless Killers (1997)

  2. The Dogs of Riga, (2001)

  3. White Lioness (1998)

  4. The Man Who Smiled, (2005)

  5. Sidetracked (1999)

  6. The Fifth Woman (2000)

  7. One Step Behind (2002)

  8. Firewall (2002)

  9. The Pyramid (2008)

  10. The Grave (not available in English)

  11. The Troubled Man (2011)

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