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Once a successful surgeon- Frederick Welin now lives in self-imposed exile on an island in the Swedish archipelago. Nearly twelve years have passed since he was disgraced for attempting to cover up a tragic mishap on the operating table. One morning in the depths of winter- he sees a hunched figure struggling towards him across the ice. His past is about to catch up with him.The figure approaching in the freezing cold is Harriet- the only woman he has ever loved- the woman he abandoned in order to go and study in America forty years earlier. She has sought him out in the hope that he will honour a promise made many years ago. Now in the late stages of a terminal illness- she wants to visit a small lake in northern Sweden- a place Welins father took him once as a boy. He upholds his pledge and drives her to this beautiful pool hidden deep in the forest. On the journey through the desolate snow-covered landscape- Welin reflects on his impoverished childhood and the woman he later left behind. However- once there Welin discovers that Harriet has left the biggest surprise until last.If you enjoyed Italian Shoes- the new Henning Mankell novel featuring Fredrik Welin- After the Fire- is available now.... Please click here to ask a question
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