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It is Midsummer's Eve. Three young friends meet in a wood to act out an elaborate masque. But, unknown to them, they are being watched. Each is killed by a single bullet. Soon afterwards, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is found murdered. Is this the same killer, and what could the connection be? In this investigation, Wallander is always, tantalisingly, one step behind.

©2002 Henning Mankell (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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  • DG
  • Whangaparaoa, New Zealand
  • 06-21-11

Wonderfully read

An intricate and well crafted story read superbly by Sean Barrett who acutely depicts the work and personal strain experienced by Wallander, again emphasising the importance of the reader when selecting audible.

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  • Diane
  • 05-06-11

Should be TEN stars!

This is by far the best novel I've come across for a long time. The story-line is tightly-written and fast-paced; a real rollercoaster of a listen. Kurt Wallander's meticulous approach to the murders is painstaking and meticulous but very far from boring. His character is sympathetically drawn by Mankell, complete with his weakness and foibles, and includes a rather shockingly amusing habit he has (made me snigger, anyway!). Sean Barrett's voice is hypnotic, and conveys the ambience of both the country and the characters to perfection. I enjoyed 'Faceless Killers', but Mankell has outdone himself with 'One Step Behind', which borders at times on literary genius. I enjoyed it so much that when it finished I immediately started listening to it again.
I really hope Audible have plans to bring us more Wallender investigations in the very near future.
Highly recommended!**********

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • compo
  • 04-16-11

BRILLIANT

Just finished listening to this audiobook...'couldn't take the earphones out!' story totally compulsive, can't wait to download another book by MANKELL. The narrator has a brilliant and completely interesting way of putting the story across. I would class this book in the same league as the 'Dragon Tattoo Trilogy!'

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucy
  • 02-11-14

Thoroughly enjoyable listen and excellent narrator

Well, what can I say, I really enjoyed my first Wallander listen! I moved onto this as I finished the Nesbo Harry Hole books as I really love listening to Sean Barrett's narration and I wasn't disappointed! Won't give away any of the book but has some good twists to keep you listening! Have already got book 8 and just about to start listening. Haven't started these in order as the previous reviews drew me to this one and don't think I've missed too much of the history?

Great listen!

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  • MISS
  • 05-31-12

enjoyable wouldn't begin to describe it

Having enjoyed the TV series, i thought i might like this choice, but was concerned that it wouldn't live up to my hopes, or that my 'knowing' the plot would spoil it.

however, it far surpassed what i expected. Totally enjoyable from start to finish- couldn't stop listening to it and didn't want it to end.
Narrator: engaging and just right. Characters and plot galore. Impressive understanding of life's experiences at times.

Advice: the plot won't be what you expect from the TV series, although the familiar characters and some events is comforting.
Don't plan to do anything except listen to this once you start it. Enjoy

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Corvax
  • 01-06-15

Compelling Storytelling

Forget and ignore and negative comments , this is a brilliant book expertly told. If you are expecting a fast paced American styled detective thriller then this is not for you. It moves at Wallander's pace, the pace of Southern Sweden and captures with precision both the heat of a Swedish summer and the bleak beauty of the country itself. I'm hooked on this series but would love to know why there are books missing in the audiobook series.

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  • Peter Pedersen
  • 07-26-15

Thrill from first to last page

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The scene is set very local in southern Sweeden but the plot is a world scene thriller with a lot of suspense and surprising turns - you actually don't know where the story goes until last possible moment. Enjoyed every minute and would have loved the story to go on. A must read for every fan of Scandinavian police thrillers.

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Great performance of Sean Barett bringing the Scandinavian scene acros to the bigger audience.

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  • Liz
  • 07-07-14

Excellent as ever

Where does One Step Behind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there with the best...compelling and entertaining

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry of course

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

Again it has to be Harry.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A twist at every corner.

Any additional comments?

Sean Barrett again reads this so well and engenders just the right atmosphere.

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  • Clive
  • 03-31-13

Excellent story.

Henning Mankell is one of my favourite authors and the combination of his writing and Sean Barrett's narration makes for an excellent audiobook. This is one of the best of the Wallander stories in my view and I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • V
  • 06-11-18

disappointing finish<br /><br /><br />

reasonable until the end when the rushed clumsy finish rather spoiled the earlier good efforts.

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  • M. Jordan
  • 05-29-18

Excellent triller.

Great story, great detective and creepy believable psychopath. Brilliant narration, as usual, from an accomplished reader. Couldn't stop listening. Top marks.

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  • Sandra
  • 03-20-17

Par for the course

As expected for this series. A little too contrived at the ending, with conveniently no phone or gun when the crises hits, but this doesn't hurt the story any. Wallander is a cop full of angst, you are compelled to read on, hoping his star will rise again while he's giving his very soul away to save the day for everyone else. Moody and intriguing, I give the story four stars. The narrator is one of my favourites and does a sublime job as always.

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  • Michael
  • 05-19-15

Mankell's Wallander is one of the great characters

If you are cynical of the slick CSI-type of murder TV shows and books you may like the Mankell Wallender series. Nothing slick, high tech about these stories, not full of good looking young detectives, nor are there any gunfights. Just gritty, realist problem solving by a flawed individual and his team. Wallander is a great character, in many ways like Le Carre's Smiley. I have enjoyed the entire series but 'One Step Behind' is my favorite. At first listen Barrett seems a little awkward as a reader but now I can't imagine anyone else giving Wallender sound. Very good drama.