I am a huge fan of Kurt Wallander and the first 100 pages or so of this book are really great at allowing the reader to see the world as Wallander sees it.
Unfortunately the author is determined to make a political point with the rest of the book and puts together a long - way too long - convoluted - way too convoluted - tale that is hard to believe and paints the bad guys as caricatures - not real villains - but evil symbols
This novel is a tour de force. It's story is complex and it's characters have flesh. It is a superb novel. As the story opens, Wallander and his team investigate the apparent execution style murder of a real estate agent. Nothing adds up, why would anyone murder this harmless mother of two? The story gets more complex. We are taken to apartheid South Africa in the days just prior to Nelson Mandela's presidency. An assassination is planned by a desperate group of Afrikaners. They hire a former KGB agent to train the chosen assassin. The training is to take place in Sweden. I will say no more. The beauty is in the details and I will not ruin the book for you. If you are a fan of police procedural novels, you will enjoy this book. It is long - we go at Wallander's pace, the reader is not allowed to miss the minutiae of police investigation, but the effort is worth it.
I should mention Mr. Hill's performance. I love him narrating the Ed McBain novels, but he fails here - everyone sounds like they are from New York! The books need a narrator who is more subtle, and who is able to project the melancholia that is so necessary here. George Guidall comes to mind, or the late wonderful Mark Hammer.
This was one of the best books I've listened to ever. So my apologies for my "juvenile" review of the first book. I'll try it again.
Yes, good story, excellent narration.
Dick Hill is the very best narrator I have ever listened to. He makes all others sound like robots. A consummate storyteller.
I'd like to listen to other books Dick Hill has narrated.
I dont know the written version.
more or less, many people, many names to remember...
good in general
Think - The Pink Panther and Inspector Clouseau
minus any humor.
I'm not sure but I don't think I've rated any of the more than 200 books I've read with 1 star. I have to wonder what a Sweedish Police Officer might think of this ridiculess fiction. I might also add that the Narrator fits in perfectly, most of the characters sound like 15 year old boys.
My recommendation: Bypass this one
Not all the books are available from the Audible UK store, with 2 books missing. Therefore chance to catch up.
Michael Ridpath did a book that was more telling on apartheid, even though in the end it was obvious he hated South Africa and saw no hope for reconciliation.Read Deon Meyer for the now South Africa - 20 years on.
I prefer Sean Barret, who narrated the Mankell books from Audible.uk site.
From the tedium of the writing to the plotting of the character arcs to the silly insipid contrivances to advance the plot. Writer lacks the basic imagination to go from plot point A to plot point B. Then the repetitive peachiness of the political situation at the time of Mandela and DeClerk. The Author ruined what could have been a first rate thriller..
No, only this author
Take some acting lessons.
Too numerous to mention. This work could have be done in 20 chapters.