On Midsummer’s Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in eighteenth-century clothes meet in a wood. But, unbeknownst to them, they are being watched, and each is killed by a single bullet.
When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander’s most trusted colleagues also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue being a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can’t begin to imagine how.
Reeling from his own father’s death and facing his own deteriorating health, Wallander tracks the lethal progress of the killer. Locked in a desperate effort to catch him before he strikes again, Wallander always seems to be just one step behind.