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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Sidetracked by Henning Mankell | : Books
Oct 04, Ed rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Book Review We all get sidetrackedit’s a human condition and a decidedly reactive one. On top of these sick events, we have to deal with the real world worries of Wallander as he mulls over what is going on in the world around him.
In the end, the case is always put to rest, but Kurt Wallander is simply very tired.
He is the sort of man who asks each morning whether life has a purpose—not his life, but life in general. The Nordic weather, cold to the bones, drives its populace indoors for much of the year where cuddling up to read the latest in crime fiction is a national pastime. What Sweden apparently learned in the ’90s is that there are some people who insist on being uneducated, disadvantaged and depraved despite the social safety net and universal health care.
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When he got closer he saw that not only did she have long black hair, but her skin was dark too. I’m rushing too quickly through these books, so it’s back to more challenging material for a while. I couldn’t tell if Mankell was making fun of it, or just reflecting the reality of living in Sweden. I got the feeling that Mankell dug into the worst recesses of his mind to develop the plot line for this novel. Mankell touches on human trafficking but it doesn’t overwhelm the book like his forays into other social ills have done in previous books.
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. The Ystad murder squad is on the case, led by Wallander, and, painstakingly, they work through the few clues they have, hoping for a break. Other books in the series. He’s even nice to his father. We can see our own weaknesses in Wallander. The scenery isn’t dreary winter, it’s summer holiday.
Overall, I liked this and look forward to reading more. They make smart ass remarks, they have trouble expressing feelings sometimes, and will state the glaringly obvious on occasion. It isn’t perfect and contains a lot of loose ends and things that aren’t followed through, but this reflects the investigation, and indeed life, in which some of the answers will forever remain obscure.
In the end, it really doesn’t matter because the story of the search for a serial killer is totally absorbing on its own. Wallander and his colleagues identify the murderer, but sidetrackes really get to the bottom of what caused his aberrant behaviour.
This is an excellent Wallender book, very carefully and intricately constructed. Yet, the thrust of the story is not to analyze why Wallander thinks the way he does but rather to explore his thought processes as mankelk occur.
The plot is compelling and moves along swiftly; as always the characters are very interesting, and all in all, this is a book that should appeal to large numbers of crime fiction fans. Mar 26, Harry rated it it was amazing Shelves: CrimeMystery novel. Not only because of some of the word choices but it also had many little details that the audiobook translation omitted.
I did the audio and Dick Hill did a great job with the narration and I think that helped with my impress This is my first novel by Henning Mankell.
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It’s mysterious in the sense that there are many surprises along the way but it’s not really a classic Mystery because reader knows who the killer is long before Wallander does. Even though she was still mankdll far from him and the billowing rapeseed hid her face every so often, he had the impression that she was quite beautiful. Kurt Wallander, the hero in Mankell’s novels, is the alter ego of his sidetrqcked It is no exaggeration when I say that Henning Mankell is by far one of the most successful writers in Scandinavia, especially in his own country of Sweden.
He struggles with his relationships with his father and his daughter. An Anthology of Literature from the Caribbean.
For any reader of Nordic crime fiction, Henning Mankell is an immensely popular and staple read. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.