12 year old Joel lives with his father in the cold northern part of Sweden. At night he often sneaks out of his father's house to look for a lonely dog he has seen from his window. On the bridge across the icy river he starts a secret society and has adventures. But one night he discovers that his father's bed is also empty and will have to come terms with his fathers new found love. The harsh reality of Joel's world comes vividly to life and leaves the reader spellbound.
Henning Mankell was born 1948 in Stockholm and grew up in the Sweden. At the beginning of the nineties he developed the first novel about an inconspicuous Swedish policeman. The Inspector Wallander novels are now a prize-winning series, consistently at the top of bestseller lists throughout Europe. His novel Sidetracked won the CWA Gold Dagger in 2001. He has worked as an actor, theatre director and manager in Sweden and in Mozambique, where he is head of Teatro Avenida.