I can finally see why Stieg Larsson says he was influenced by Mankell. This one is dark, violent and sad. Det. Wallender is vaguely pursuing the suicide of a 17-year-old girl who set herself on fire when another case takes precedence involving a serial killer who scalps victims. An anger at social inequality permeates the book. Bechdel test: Barely passed. Grade: A-
Excellent narration by Dick Hill. I’m so glad he narrates the Wallender books. He captures well the angst of the characters.
Writer & daddy.
...and better. The interpersonal plot-line really takes center stage here as the detective tries to juggle his personal life with his work. As the murder plot thickens his personal life begins to lose the game. Great mystery with a few nice tricks to throw you off the scent. Mankell has yet to disappoint, great book.
This is now my 5th Henning Menkell novel, and each is better that the last. "Sidetracked" is a web of intricate plotting and excellent characters. It is moving and heart rending. It opens with Wallander witnessing a suicide by immolation. The scene is so shocking and so terrible that from the beginning, a somber tone was set for the novel that never lifts until the closing pages. But what comes between is perfection. This one I highly recommend.
Yes. Get a different narrator.
Wallander. He is a complex, clever, and troubled man who is dogged in his pursuit of a solution.
Yes, he did. But he reads so slowly. I'm now listening to one of his other "reads", The Devil's Punchbowl, by Greg Isles. I put it on 2x speed and it's wonderful. He's much better at 2x. His characterizations are excellent at this speed. At 1x I kept saying, "Come on, come on!" Now it's perfect.
Wallander on Masterpiece Mystery. 'Nough said.
I'll be listening to Dick Hill at 2x from now on. More Wallander for me.
Mankell's #5 Wallender is well written from a crime perspective. That makes it slightly difficult to follow as it sometimes gets "sidetracked" and wanders. The twisty part is what makes it fun. I'll look for another Wallender after awhile.
This is one of the first in the series and I liked it much better than the later ones. This one was much more up beat and you didn't feel like he had to drag himself where ever he needed to go.
This review could actually apply to any of the Wallander novels read by Dick Hill. First, I would say that, being a Brit, I tend to prefer a British narrator for British and non-US novels. It's not a prejudice, and it certainly doesn't always apply. It's just what I'm used to, I suppose.
Dick Hill is exceptional. I have to say that sometimes I find his pronunciation a bit odd; for example, "calm" is pronounced to rhyme with "comb." However, that's a trivial point. His performance is outstanding. He reads at exactly the right pace, capturing the mood of the story and the idiosyncrasies of the characters without flaw. I look forward to more of his performances.
This is my third Mankell book listened to and the tremendous humanism expressed in these books is what makes them of interest. The only tiresome part is the frequency with which Wallender forgets his phone or his gun. Please!
Sidetracked is right! I had a hard to following the characters and story plot till I was half way through. Dick Hill is a great narrator, but the story was just ok.