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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

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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!

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  • Regina
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States
  • 05-24-11

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.

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  • Kurt
  • Santa Fe, NM, United States
  • 05-13-11

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.

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  • RBL
  • New Sharon, ME, United States
  • 05-12-11

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.

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