What ensues is a case that will test Wallander's strength and patience, for in order to solve these murders he will need to uncover their elusive connection to the earlier unsolved murder in Africa of the fifth woman.
©1996 Henning Mankell; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"The darkest of Swedish noir." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intricate plotting, chilling psychological divination, and thrilling police procedural." (Library Journal)
mostly change of the story.
yes actually, until I find a new LeCarre
yes, I did read it to the end, so I guess does evoke some suspense
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Kurt Wallander is able to take seemingly unrelated events and clues and piece together a cohesive picture that solves several murder cases. The book seems to progress at a moderate pace, gain speed, and then explode in the "aha moments."
Mankell writes in a similar style to other Scandinavian authors. However, I am not left feeling the gruesome depravity and evil found in some of the others. He weaves a great story and tucks in all of the threads at the end.
Dick Hill is an excellent narrator.
I have enjoyed Dick Hill's narration of other works but this time out he "overacts," if that is the right word. Mankell's story is weak and pedestrian.
Novel has repeated dialogue that could, and should, have been edited out.
I enjoyed this book, as I have all of the Kurt Wallander mysteries I've listened too. I was prompted to write this review because I disagree with other listeners who have complained about Dick Hill's narration. I don't know Swedish, but his pronunciation seems genuine to me. As for his ability to carry off other voices than the main character, I think he does a very good job! I don't mind at all when he does a female voice, as I have with some other narrators. His expression is right on and if he is a little monotone at times I don't have a problem. This is a Henning Mankell book! He is a slow, methodical writer and the cadence of Dick Hill's voice is perfect for these books.
Usually I prefer books by ear than by eye, but this one is one of the exceptions. The narration is banal, the story slow to develop. I like Mankell, and the book, but the audio format does not work on this one.
This is the first book I did not finish. It is horrible. I am the easiest to please in this genre and I found myself turning to the news in the car for more excitment. The plot takes forever to get going and is boring. Also the narration is brutal. It is filled with ridiculous banter between characters that is a complete waste. Blah!!
This mystery is paced so slowly and has so little action or character development, that it is the opposite of suspense or intrigue. I had no interest in finishing the story. Mystery writer who give away the identity of the murder in the beginning, run a high risk of loosing their readers/listeners. The inspector spends most of his time going over and over what he doesn't know while the "in the know" reader is wondering when he and his dull witted staff will put the 2+2 together. Definitely not recommended. A mystery needs much better use of language and local color - his lack luster depiction of both Africa and locations of Sweden were drab, boring, and without any specificity or flair.
Less repetition, better prose (or a better translator?) Maybe it's just me, but I don't get it.
Seriously, I do wonder if the fault is with the translator. The same phrases are used over and over to express the same ideas seemingly without any creativity or inventiveness. The plot outline was intriguing, but the dialogue and descriptions are - I hate to say it - boring.
First I noticed that Kenneth Branagh was the star of the BBC series called Wallender. Then I read the glowing reviews, so I figured oh boy, a great new series. I'm halfway through the audio book and don't know if I'm gonna make it. The prose is so mind-numbingly simple and repetitious, that I want to scream. The same obvious statements are made again and again and again, and in exactly the same words: Yes "we must solve this case" and yes "the murders are related but somehow we're missing something" and yes "maybe a woman did it - or maybe not."
Now and then we are reminded of how depressed Swedes are in general. Nobody exhibits a shred of the dark humor that keeps detectives from going nuts. That said, I'm still faintly interested to see if I'm right about who dunit and why, which seems so painfully obvious that I want to scream the answer at my IPad. This may put me off scandanvian Noir for some time. Back to the Irish and Scots I go!
The plot. Henning Menkell's plots are complex and rich. I want to ask him "Where do you get your ideas"!
Definitely, Who would the killer take next, how would the murder take place, will Wallander be able to stop him or her?
Yes. I have also listened to him read the novels of Ed McBain. He is perfect for those novels. His sometime staccato performance is ideal for McBain's writing. I struggled with his narration on these novels at first. I thought all of his characters sounded like a New Yorkers. Now, I cannot imagine the series without him.
Yes. I was deeply saddened by something that happens to Wallander regard his Father. No details!!
Read this novel, but don't start here. Start at the beginning with "Faceless Killers". These novels are among the best police procedural novels I have read. Menkell is a fine writer and these books are better savored in order.
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