From the dean of Scandinavian noir, the fourth riveting installment in the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series, the basis for. In the award-winning Sidetracked, Kurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a teenage girl has been loitering all day long. He arrives just in time. Sidetracked. A Kurt Wallander Mystery. Henning Mankell. Translated by Steven T . Murray. Gripping suspense combines with probing social commentary in the.

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Each time he fails to visit his father because of his job, readers cannot help but feel sympathy for this awkwardly helpless guardian of the law.

In this novel, the horror comes to Ystad via a serial killer the first in Sweden’s criminal historya powerful monster who favors splitting open skulls with an ax and taking the victim’s scalp. May 13, Pages.

Aside from solving murders, he’s quite dysfunctional. I’ve been reading many authors with that goal in mind: But this is a view that often confounds Swedish people. This was my first Mankell, and it is elegantly done, with a protagonist you mankekl love or hate, he’s didetracked a real guy.


Fans of police sidteracked and of Swedish mysteries. Although the Swedish characters and settings are a mouthful Deceptively long at pages with a small font, the terrific detective saga took longer than I thought, but satisfied throughout. It led to some unnecessary descriptions of things that offered no bearing or clarification.


Open Sidetrackec See a Problem? I did the audio and Dick Hill did a great job with the narration and I think that helped with my impression of the characters. He can hardly I began nankell Sidetracked after we had started watching the British television productions of Mankell’s Wallander books, with which I immediately connected.

May 13, Pages Buy. For many GR readers who have been introduced to Kurt Wallander it is interesting to note that ultimately the success of bringing Mankell to English speaking audiences only came after bringing in the same production company responsible for Steig Larsson’s Millennium trilogy for the wildly popular BBC version starring Kenneth Branagh.

Just as Wallander arrives, the girl douses herself in gasoline and burns herself to death. Several homicides take place where the victim is not only killed but scalped. This is not surprising to me, but apparently it is to Kurt Wallander, who feels increasingly ill-equipped to deal with it.

For most writers this is enough to confidently concoct a plot that would satisfy most crime readers, but not for Mankell. Inspired by Your Browsing History. And then, of course, there are the serial murders. He feels tired because the work is too much.

What I like the most about Wallander is that he is very human, and not just another cop on a case. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As I believe telling a plot of a detective story spoils the whole fun, I sieetracked not going to say a single word more about it.


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The third star is because I enjoy reading about Wallander’s laundry dilemmas. Is it a Police Procedural? She continued to stand utterly motionless.

Mankell’s love of Africa, his theater work on that continent, and his exploits in helping the disadvantaged is not generally known by his American readers. Feb 28, Michele Weiner rated it really liked it.

Henning’s prose is straightforward, organized, written mostly in linear fashion, a straightforward contract with mankelo reader. Mankell’s mastery lies in pitting Kurt’s character traits against real-time events that involve his profession as a policeman. He is married to Eva Bergman. And Wallander has to catch him before European summer holiday. In the trad Book Review We all get sidetrackedit’s a human condition and a decidedly reactive one.

But that is precisely what makes him human, what makes Walander sidetracled attractive as our hero.