The much-anticipated return of Henning Mankell’s brilliant, brooding detective Kurt Wallander.
Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.
Wallander is also haunted by his own past and desperate to live up to the hope that a new granddaughter represents, and will soon come face-to-face with his most intractable adversary—himself.
Suspenseful, darkly atmospheric, psychologically gripping, The Troubled Man is certain to be celebrated by readers, listeners, and critics alike.
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©2011 Henning Mankell (P)2011 Random House
real estate agent, owner of a fixer upper
I loved every minute of this book. I wish there were an endless supply of these novels. Wallendar is my favorite detective, Henning Mankell is such a superb writer. So great with characters.
Nothing like a good read.....(or listen!).
Great detective plot, which kept one guessing nicely, but the backdrop of the slowly declining detective which starts early and is relentless is very grinding. The author clearly wanted to get a message across. The book needed editing. We don't need to know the dogs every movement or mood, or every cup of coffee (that's common to many of the Scandinavian detective series it seems!).
I love this author but this book was a total downer. The story of a loner who had purposely isolated himself from friends etc. Lives on the tip of a peninsula in Norway, where he is only guy on the mailman's route. VERY slow moving. Pulling teeth.
Mankell is a master at painting the picture, but the subject of this picture is a big yawner
This audio book kept us brilliantly entertained on an incredibly long car trip. The miles just flew by as we were lost in this marvelous, albeit sad, story. The writing flows so smoothly, and we never could figure out what came next. We love the Wallander books, but this one, the last of the series, was emotional and heartfelt. Highly recommend.
This book was great although it is very long and very dark and very introspective - not unusual for Henning Mankell books but don't read it if you are down. The narrator did a fine job of being Kurt Wallander, even against the great BBC and Public TV series that are beloved.
Enjoyed Mankell's writing, as always, and Robin Sachs did a terrific job. I'll be looking for more books narrated by him.
Loved with relationship between Wallender and his daughter.
Very good listen, the plot is good but the story development is the charm.
Character depth, and that is his hallmark, at least to me. His narrative and character development skills have enhanced every story I've had the pleasure of hearing him read.
Brooklyn dog owner and detective story fan. I also enjoy memoirs, short stories and literary fiction.
This was my first Kurt Wallander novel - and it seems I have started with the last book in the series. I'm usually fanatical about reading series in order, so this is a strange experience for me - watching a robust, beloved character draw the curtains on his story without having the benefit of being there when the curtain went up.
This story reads incredibly quickly and compellingly, but there is also a feeling of "Kurt Wallander, this is your life!" [Presumably] old character resurface. Old cases are referenced. In addition to untangling a knot of espionage, Wallander must also face his own aging and the mortality of those around him, which he does with an austerity of sentimentality that still manages to be powerful.
So, this may be Mankell's last Wallander, but it won't be my last.
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