"Set in the early 1970s amid the specter of the Manson girls, when the peace and love movement begins to turn ugly, this is the story of a runaway teenager's disappearance and her sister's quest to discover the truth"--
In an Algerian convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are found with their throats slit. In Sweden, a birdwatcher is skewered to death in a pit of carefully sharpened bamboo poles. How are the deaths connected? It's up to Inspector Kurt Wallander to find out.
"Nobody in the family, except Aunt Ruth, talks about Ellen's grandmother Lola, who had been swallowed up by the circus then spit out as a woman who tamed tigers and got away scot free for killing her husband. Just as no one talks about the bruises Ellen can't hide"--