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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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    Susan S. San Francisco, CA United States 04-18-11
    Susan S. San Francisco, CA United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Mankell looking for a way to end Wallander"

    This book moved along, even though Wallander was quite depressed. It was very apparent that after the supposedly final Wallander mystery, Mankell was looking for ways not to bring him back. Too bad, because Kurt Wallander is so much more interesting than his characters in The Man from Beijing. So he did bring Wallander back for this one, and I am glad. But at times was ready to commit suicide because of the depression.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriela Irvine, CA, United States 01-14-13
    Gabriela Irvine, CA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Sick of Author's Tiresome Anti-Americanism"

    I'm an avid mystery reader and listener. Henning Mankell is a skilled author, and I have overall enjoyed his books, even though I believe they would be better if he stayed clear of political commentary. Although his left leaning sensibilities are pervasive throughout his novels (in particular the Man Who Smiled), the Anti-Americanism in The Troubled Man was tiresome. If you aren't an apologist for the Soviet Union, perhaps you will also be frustrated and bored by the intrigue in this novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joanilla45 02-27-12
    joanilla45 02-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Weak entry"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was diverting as I washed the dishes. That's about it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    While I liked the idea of aging and crankiness being incorporated into the detective story format, the repeated deus ex machina action tested even my willingness to be disbelieving of chance meetings or gut decisions in detective fiction. I was ready for this to be the last book in the series by the time it ended, and kind of wish I hadn't wasted my time.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Sachs?

    Robin Sachs does brilliant male characters and generally conveys the tone of the narrative's moment. But--like far to many men narrators--he can't seem to differentiate between women! With one exception, all women characters seem to have been drugged into near-catatonic flutteriness. I simply don't buy Linda's passivity of speech (particularly when descriptions of her tone and actions are totally opposite). Just annoying, and I would avoid any future audiobooks that have women characters read by Sachs.


    Do you think The Troubled Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This is begging for a spoiler, but I'll refrain.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debi Scottsdale, AZ, United States 01-14-12
    Debi Scottsdale, AZ, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth a listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Troubled Man the most enjoyable?

    This book was a pleasant surprise. I had not read any of this series, but I saw an episode based on the books on PBS. I didn't really like the show at all, but I thought I would give it a try. While Kurt Wallander is definately not my favorite character - too whiney and dramatic for me - I would recommend this book. The plot was good and it was interesting enough to have me looking for an escape to take my MP3 somewhere and get 30 min of listening time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wasn't really on the edge of my seat, but it did draw me back, pulling on my emotions of what happened to the missing man and the story of the girl in the home.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Wallander was visiting the home, describing the emotions he was experiencing there.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A suspensful and heart rending story!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very enjoyable book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    05-26-11
    05-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good, worth the credit!"

    Clearly the last book of this series, which is sad. The story line was very good, the writing excellent, as always. Not a fast paced book but one very worthy of your time. Deserving of the NYT best seller list!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 05-24-11
    Regina INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 05-24-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Such a bummer..."

    I have never heard a more depressing book. Half of the time Wallander is moaning about being 60 like he was at the brink of death! I'm glad Mankell finally put him out of his misery--even if it felt like an afterthought. I wouldn't listen to any more blubbering from Kurt Wallander even if it were available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Santa Fe, NM, United States 05-13-11
    Kurt Santa Fe, NM, United States 05-13-11
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    "Saving the best for last"

    This may indeed be the final book in the Kurt Wallender seriesbut, in my view, Mr Mankell saved the best for last. I was thoroughly entertained by both the clever plot and the exceptional narration of Robin Sachs.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    regina New Sharon, ME, United States 05-12-11
    regina New Sharon, ME, United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2013
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    "VERY VERY disappointed"

    Warning Spoiler!
    Kurt Wallander character developed Alzheimer. What a way to destroy your brilliant detective. Mankell should have just ended the series. Storyline was very poor. The ending did not make any sense. In the end, the author was writing about politics and the evil US government. I would not recommended this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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