Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, best known for his Wallander series, has died aged 67.
The author discovered he had cancer last year, and wrote about the experience in his last book, Quicksand: What It Means To Be A Human Being.
His best-selling novels, which follow policeman Kurt Wallander through Sweden and Mozambique, were turned into a TV drama starring Sir Kenneth Branagh.
Ian Rankin, who penned the popular Rebus series, tweeted yesterday: “I interviewed Henning Mankell @edbookfest a few years back, just as his books were being published in English. His life read like a novel.”
In a statement yesterday, Sir Kenneth paid tribute to the author, saying: “In life and in art Henning Mankell was a man of passionate commitment. I will miss his provocative intelligence and his great personal generosity.