Henning Mankell (1948–2015) was a Swedish crime writer. With books translated into more than 40 languages and sold in over 40 million copies, he is known worldwide for his series about Kurt Wallander—a fictional police inspector living and working in Ystad in the south of Sweden.
The Man on the Beach
is from Mankell’s ninth book, The Pyramid
(1999), which contains five stories, a prequel about Wallander’s past.