Joel is growing up. He is getting interested in girls. Just look at his New Year s resolutions- 1 to see a naked lady, 2 to toughen himself up so that he can live to be a hundred, and 3 to see the sea. They all look pretty impossible for a motherless boy in Northern Sweden. Especially as his sailor dad is keen to drown his sadness in drink, and all the local matrons are narrowly watching the pair of them. And then he saves old Simon from a frozen death in the woods, and Joel becomes a local hero.
Internationally acclaimed author HENNING MANKELL has written the eight novels in the Kurt Wallander Mystery series, among many other novels set in Sweden or Africa. The books have been published in 35 countries and consistently top the bestseller lists. His novel Sidetracked won the CWA Gold Dagger in 2001. Born in the Swedish village of Sveg in 1948, Mankell now divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he is head of Teatro Avenida.