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The Return of the Dancing Master | [Henning Mankell]

The Return of the Dancing Master

Stefan Lindman, a young police officer recently diagnosed with mouth cancer, decides to investigate the murder of his former colleague, but is soon enmeshed in a mystifying case with no witnesses and no apparent motives. Terrified of the disease that could take his life, Lindman becomes more and more reckless as he unearths the chilling links between Molin's death and an underground neo-Nazi network that runs further and deeper than he could ever have imagined.
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Publisher's Summary

When retired policeman Herbert Molin is found brutally slaughtered on his remote farm in the northern forests of Sweden, police find strange tracks in the snow, as if someone had been practicing the tango. Stefan Lindman, a young police officer recently diagnosed with mouth cancer, decides to investigate the murder of his former colleague, but is soon enmeshed in a mystifying case with no witnesses and no apparent motives. Terrified of the disease that could take his life, Lindman becomes more and more reckless as he unearths the chilling links between Molin's death and an underground neo-Nazi network that runs further and deeper than he could ever have imagined.

©2003 Laurie Thompson; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Kathryn S. Daugherty Duluth, MN United States 05-21-12
    Kathryn S. Daugherty Duluth, MN United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Complex, darkly Swedish"

    Henning Mankell is as brilliant as ever. The book has deeply flawed characters, a ghastly murder, and a depressed detective. What more could you ask for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon New London, NH, United States 04-16-12
    Jon New London, NH, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Just Like Mankell!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audio book to those of you who love to hear more of a favorite author: Henning Mankell.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pondering, the internal thinking, the people who are unsure, the forceful people, the quiet, and the detailed problem solving and wallowing.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I loved Dick Hill, who narrated many other Mankell books. This narrator was great too, just a bit less character is given to the players.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. In keeping with Mankell's style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    douglas Sheridan, WY, United States 09-08-11
    douglas Sheridan, WY, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Listen to Henning Mankell"
    If you could sum up The Return of the Dancing Master in three words, what would they be?

    I have just discovered this author and love his work. This is not part of his Wallander series, but I think it has compelling characters nonetheless.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Larry Sassaman 08-10-11 Member Since 2007
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    "The return of the dancing master"

    A real disappointment. I finished listening to the whole book but only because I paid for it. Redundant,repetitive chonically of events. Okay, I got it ....don't keep rehashing it. Does NOT compare to Stieg Larsen as noted in some reviews. Characters especially the protagonist are very shallow and Stephan is too self pitying and whining. Not worth your time or money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 03-11-10
    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 03-11-10
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    "A Good Series"

    Most enjoyable if narrated by some one other than Dick Hill.

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    Toni Houston, TX, United States 12-12-08
    Toni Houston, TX, United States 12-12-08
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    "Passable plot, bad history."

    I give this novel a second star only because its ending is exciting.

    Before that, it is s-l-o-w and depressing and only partly because detective Stefan Lindman has cancer. He is self-involved, treats his faithful girlfriend badly, and, according to the text, has no close friends. Cheerful characters are few and far between. In the one happy marriage portrayed, the spouses live apart. If this is Sweden, it's a gloomy place. The cancer functions as a plot device to account for Lindman missing some obvious clues.

    The history portrayed in this book is almost laughably wrong. For example, the author has a Nazi character exclaim, "Those [bleep] socialists!" The author either doesn't know or hopes his readers won't know that "Nazi" is short for "Nationalsozialistische," or National Socialist. He has Swedes going to fight with the Nazis because they oppose Bolshevism -- when the difference is that Bolsheviks were international, not national, socialists. Stalin differed from Hitler mainly in lacking the means to pursue wars of conquest.

    One is tempted to believe that the author deliberately distorts history because he also deals in despicable stereotypes. Anyone concerned about unfettered immigration is deemed a racist crypto-Nazi. Never mind that illegal immigrants in Europe largely have the same pale skin as the natives.

    A minor annoyance is that the translation is British ("lorries" have "bonnets") but the narrator is American. Thus he pronounces the Brit term for cel phone "mobil," not "mob-eye-l," and a certain measure of distance "kil-oh-ME-ter" instead of "kil-AH-met-er."

    The plot was passable enough to keep me listening until I reached that exciting ending. If you don't care to spend hours with a morose protagonist, however, give this novel a pass.

    10 of 30 people found this review helpful
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