The book gets a 4 even though Wallander is written to make mistakes which no "old salt" cop would make. But Wallander is not Rambo and should not be read that way. Please, someone, rerecord this series using Scott Brick or one of the two Simons (Vance or Prebel)!!!!!
The series deserves a 5. At least read those not read by Dick "Rambo" Hill.
Mankell puts together a good plot and an interesting locale. What annoys me and makes me unwilling to read more is the protagonist's (Kurt W's) ineptness: never remembers his cell phone; never has something to write on; never seems to ask relevant follow up questions. While characters have to have character, I don't like the choices here. Moving the plot forward with these made my teeth chench.
I enjoy books with an unfamiliar setting, and the Swedish scenes do provide this for me.
A straight forward, plausibly paced, police procedural that, while realistic, was extremely engaging . Mankell's characters are fully developed and he isn't compelled to create a crime so horrific (as most American mystery writers do) that you are never able to see the murderer as a human being. Nice shades of grey. Kurt Wallender reminds me of another favorite- Harry Bosch.
Plodding repetitious plot and most of the characters have no unique or memorable traits. The only one I felt added character was the forensic expert.
He tried his best with shallow characters.
Why is Dick Hill working? This was not bad, it was very, very bad. Terrible rhythm, peculiar accent (was he attempting to sound Swedish?) no facility with voices and a strange halting delivery. I saw he also did another Mankell book, I instantly made the decision to give up Mankell, couldn't possibly endure another Dick Hill. Please re-record this book.
I'm halfway through this book so far. This is the first time I've forced myself to sit though a book that Dick Hill has narrated. I am stumped as to why he's been allowed to read so many books. All of the characters sound exactly the same and the way he breaks up sentences every few words is driving me insane.
The plot is keeping me listening, but the terrible narration highlights all the (minor) flaws in the book so far. I might end up giving up and finishing the book in print.
Wallendar isn't Bosch but one wouldn't know it from Dick Hills reading. He succeeds in conveying no feeling of Sweden. His place name pronunication is pathetic as is his attempt to differentiate voices and characters. A five star book is reduced to two stars by the miscasting of Dick Hill. What a pity.
Was an interesting story, rather disturbing but then it's a murder mystery too. Good narration by Dick Hill.