Henning Mankell, the hesitant figurehead of Scandinavian crime fiction whose books about the gloomy, soul-searching police inspector Kurt Wallander enticed readers around the world, has died, according to The Associated Press.
Mankell's publisher Leopard said Monday on its website that the author and theater director died in the city of Goteborg, southwestern Sweden, during the night. He had cancer
His books, including "Faceless Killers," "The Troubled Man," "One Step Behind" and "Sidetracked," sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. His main fictional character, Kurt Wallander, is a police inspector living and working in Sweden. In the novels, he solves shocking murders with his colleagues. The novels explore the downfall of Swedish society.
The series has won many awards, including the German Crime Prize and the British 2001 Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for "Sidetracked." In June 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
In January 2014, Mankell revealed he had been diagnosed with the disease and wrote about his fight against it in the Guardian and a Swedish daily.
Mankell was born Feb. 3, 1948, in Stockholm, Sweden.
Survivors include his wife, Eva Bergman, the daughter of legendary Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman.