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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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.
This was diverting as I washed the dishes. That's about it.
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.
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.
This is begging for a spoiler, but I'll refrain.
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.
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.
When Wallander was visiting the home, describing the emotions he was experiencing there.
A suspensful and heart rending story!
This was a very enjoyable book.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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