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.

Author: Samuzshura Groll
Country: Sao Tome and Principe
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Education
Published (Last): 14 July 2016
Pages: 494
PDF File Size: 16.50 Mb
ePub File Size: 2.51 Mb
ISBN: 926-5-69187-388-9
Downloads: 23322
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Faule

It is this realism surrounding the characterization of Kurt Wallander that has as one reviewer puts it: Reading this book, I found myself really wishing that Inspector Kurt Wallander would get some professional help.

It led to mankeell unnecessary descriptions of things that offered no bearing or clarification. He feels tired because the work is too much. Understandably so and if some of the GR reviews are an indication; like his famous father-in-law Ingmar Bergman, Mankell is from a country noted for its Nordic gloom.

The one complaint I always have with any detective show or book is the non communication.

My hero: Henning Mankell by Ian Rankin | Books | The Guardian

Sidetracked is the first fantastic Wallander I’ve read. Translated by Steven T. As it does, a couple more men will be murdered and scalped and it becomes pretty clear that neither Wallander nor anyone else on his team will be going on vacation anytime soon. For the remainder of the book, the P. The looming question, of course, is: Henning Mankell spins a good yarn and he’s cornered the market for tales of dour, sad-sack Swedish policemen.


And, as we know is often the case with procedurals the antagonist is known to the reader before he or she is known to Wallander. Then the murder turns plural and things go rapidly south.

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.

But before you make the assumption that this is yet another addition to the somberness and darkness that characterizes Nordic writing Mankell often confounds this cliche with guarded optimism and passages crammed with humanity for Mankell, this is true both personally and professionally as a writer. It’s a perfect mixture of Wallander’s personal life his always complicated relationships with his daughter, Linda, his Maankell, his long-distance, Latvian lover, Baiba, and his partner, Ann-Britt Hoglundhis professional life this time he’s searching for a serial killer who scalps and kills his victims with an axeand his interior life full of nostalgia, anxiety, pain, guilt and doubt.

In the distance he caught a glimpse of the sea. But this is a view that often confounds Swedish people. This was my first Mankell novel.

Meanwhile, Wallander witnesses a young woman from the Dominican Republic set herself on fireand must also cope with his increasingly despondent father, who’s determined to make one final trip to Italy. When an author has to stretch this far to get a plot premise, I begin to get nervous.


Mar 20, Brad rated it it was amazing Shelves: As I believe telling a plot of a detective story spoils the whole f This has been my first book by Mankell and there is going to be more. He is the sort of sidetracekd who asks each morning whether life has a purposeā€”not his life, but life in general. If you are already into mysteries, why not give this one a shot?


I have read a lot of crime fiction and think that, if I ranked them, this would be in the top half of the list. Feb 28, Michele Weiner sidetraxked it really liked it. He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander. He started walking towards her.


He can hardly handle laundry. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. As he moves in and tries to talk to her, the young girl seems to panic and brings out a petrol can, dousing herself in fuel and then striking a match. This only adds excitement to the story even more so as there is a mad serial killer at large. Inspector Sidehracked makes mistakes, gets sidetracked and so what? What connection is there between a retired minister of justice, a successful art dealer, and a common petty thief?

Pages sidetrackwd import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

Overall, I liked this and look forward to reading more.