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The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery | [Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (translator)]

The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

More mayhem? Listen to all of our Kurt Wallander mysteries.

©2011 Henning Mankell (P)2011 Random House

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    Catherine 07-14-15
    Catherine 07-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A final tribute to a great detective"

    Markell is a master story teller! He has given Wallander such humanity. He is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

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    Jared Shockley 06-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the best in the series.."

    It was a weird way to end this out. I understand it was Menkell's intent to wrap everything up, but it did not work for me.

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    patleib San Francisco, CA, USA 02-20-15
    patleib San Francisco, CA, USA 02-20-15 Member Since 2014

    Grandma Pat

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    "Wonderful reader and story"

    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.

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    Deborah Dalton Alexandria, VA, United States 08-19-14
    Deborah Dalton Alexandria, VA, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Long and introspective book."
    If you could sum up The Troubled Man in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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    Peggy United States 09-18-13
    Peggy United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Peggy Davis

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    "A favorite Henning Mankell"
    Would you listen to The Troubled Man again? Why?

    Enjoyed Mankell's writing, as always, and Robin Sachs did a terrific job. I'll be looking for more books narrated by him.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Wallender


    Any additional comments?

    Loved with relationship between Wallender and his daughter.

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    Renee 06-20-13
    Renee 06-20-13
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    "Wished Mr Robin Sachs had narrated the series"
    Would you listen to The Troubled Man again? Why?

    Very good listen, the plot is good but the story development is the charm.


    What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Martira Brooklyn, NY 04-27-13
    Nancy Martira Brooklyn, NY 04-27-13 Member Since 2007

    Brooklyn dog owner and detective story fan. I also enjoy memoirs, short stories and literary fiction.

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    "The Start of my Love Affair with Wallander"

    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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    Melissa Pleasanton, CA, United States 04-24-13
    Melissa Pleasanton, CA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Bilt of A Downer"

    First of all I would like to say that I just read online that the actor who narrated this book just died in Feb., 2013. I don't want to trash him, just say that he was not appropriate to narrate a Kurt Wallander book. Other Audible reviewers complained about Dick Hill's narration of previous Wallander books, but I say just wait till you listen to this guy. ( I liked Dick Hill's narration.) This guy has a very highbrow English accent with no expression except anger. Kurt can be short with people but he has a huge heart. This did not come through with this reader. Too bad Kenneth Branagh didn't narrate this book. He does such an excellent job in the PBS dramas of these Henning Mankell books. He's not to bad to look at either.

    The book itself is sad because Kurt is toward the end of his career and is definitely feeling his age. He thinks more about dying than living, but then he always specialized in melancholy. As always, I appreciate how well these books are written. This one seemed to drag, but I honestly think it is because I was used to Dick Hill's voice narrating, and this narrator was very boring to listen to.

    I do think that the translation is better in this book than in the previous ones. It flows better and the wording was more intelligent and creative. It was more professionally done, not so much like a high school student had done the translating.

    If given the choice you may want to read this one, not listen to it, particularly if you liked the previous narrations. If you have listened to or read the other books in the series you should not leave this one out, but don't begin the series with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerson 01-02-13
    Gerson 01-02-13
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    "Depressing and Convoluted!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


    Would you recommend The Troubled Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Too Depressing and Uninteristing.


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

    Robin Sachs can read the ingredients of a cooking recipe and sound interisting. He is a master.


    Was The Troubled Man worth the listening time?

    NO.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad that Kurt Wallander has to fade away in this manner.

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    Ian Edmonton, AB, Canada 01-02-13
    Ian Edmonton, AB, Canada 01-02-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Start with another Henning Mankell"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoy Henning Mankell's books a great deal. This one is for enthusiasts who might listen for completeness. This is not the book to start with because Henning Mankell is so much better than this book suggests.


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