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ISBN13: 9780307477408
ISBN10: 0307477401
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The much-anticipated return of Henning Mankell's brilliant, brooding detective, Kurt Wallander.

On a winter day in 2008, Hakan von Enke, a retired high-ranking naval officer, vanishes during his daily walk in a forest near Stockholm. The investigation into his disappearance falls under the jurisdiction of the Stockholm police. It has nothing to do with Wallander — officially. But von Enke is his daughter's future father-in-law. And so, with his inimitable disregard for normal procedure, Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility, making promises he wont keep, telling lies when it suits him — and getting results. But the results hint at elaborate Cold War espionage activities that seem inextricably confounding, even to Wallander, who, in any case, is troubled in more personal ways as well. Negligent of his health, he's become convinced that, having turned sixty, he is on the threshold of senility. Desperate to live up to the hope that a new granddaughter represents, he is continually haunted by his past. And looking toward the future with profound uncertainty, he will have no choice but to come face-to-face with his most intractable adversary: himself.

Review:

"Readers whose knowledge of Scandinavian crime fiction goes beyond Stieg Larsson know that it was Henning Mankell who jump-started what has developed into a twenty-year Golden Age. Mankell's latest novel, the final volume in his Kurt Wallander series, represents a landmark moment in the genre comparable to the swan songs of Ian Rankin's John Rebus and John Harvey's Charlie Resnick....Moving and oddly inspiring. An unforgettable series finale." Booklist, starred review

Review:

"[The] perpetually dour Swedish detective is at his gloomy best." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"It's an unforgettable finale....As satisfying for its emotional depth as its suspense....A gripping mystery." People

Review:

"With his new Wallander novel Mankell ups his game and enters John le Carré territory. Not only does The Troubled Man widen the scope of the detective's investigations into the world of international geopolitics and the relationship of Sweden to the U.S. and Russia, it is a work of genuine heft and substance, a melancholy, elegiac book that is thoughtful and perceptive about memory, regret and the unfathomability of human nature....Marvelously astute about behavior and motivation, Mankell has created in Wallander a shambling central character whose unconventional personality is at least as compelling as the crimes he investigates...We can feel Mankell consciously saying goodbye to these people [from Wallander's past] and that he will regret not writing about them as much as we will miss reading about them. Which is more, really, than words can say." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"An absorbing and exciting work....The unique nature of The Troubled Man is how its two concerns — the search for the missing ex-officer, and Wallander's emotional history and physical health — run along parallel (sometimes conjoining) tracks....The resulting book is at once richer in personal detail and more suspenseful than either a work of strictly mainstream fiction or a simple police novel could be. Mankell remains in the vanguard of those writers taking the crime story back to its origins in the realistic novel." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Wallander makes a riveting [11th] appearance....Though shivering in the winter of his discontent, Wallander will grip the reader hard....He is that rare thing: a true original." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Review:

"Masterful....Mankell deftly interweaves the problems of Swedish society with the personal challenges of one man trying to understand what happened and why." Publishers Weekly, starred review

Review:

"Arguably Mankell's best Wallander book — which makes the finale for his rule-breaking, overeating, over-drinking, depressed but ultimately good-hearted and righteous detective all the more poignant." The Plain Dealer

Review:

"Mankell's prose is as blunt and pragmatic as his hero." The New Yorker

Review:

"By far the most personal and poignant in this classic and compulsive series." New York Journal of Books

Review:

"Mankell's ability to unspool a mystery and Wallander's ability to solve it are still at the head of the class." Newsday

Review:

"A story that rings deep and hinges on personal stakes....It is the voice of the author — through his hero — and the illumination of layers of life in a thankless profession that lead into a delicious abyss of urgency battling with hopelessness, a rationalization of risk versus a reward already buried under a false headstone." The Oregonian

About the Author

Henning Mankell's novels have been translated into forty languages and have sold more than thirty million copies worldwide. He is the first winner of the Ripper Award (the new European prize for crime fiction) and has also received the Glass Key and Golden Dagger awards. His Kurt Wallander mysteries were adapted into a PBS television series starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique.

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Mary Katherine, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Mary Katherine)
This book will simply put you on the edge of your seat. Kurt, the main character, is such a compelling and complex character with self-sabotaging tendencies (Just my type!). The Troubled Man is the last book of Mankell’s mystery series; I cried for a week after I finished it. A beautifully told story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307477408
Author:
Mankell, Henning
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date:
20120403
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
7.99 x 5.17 x 1.04 in 0.8 lb

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Product details 496 pages Vintage - English 9780307477408 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Readers whose knowledge of Scandinavian crime fiction goes beyond Stieg Larsson know that it was Henning Mankell who jump-started what has developed into a twenty-year Golden Age. Mankell's latest novel, the final volume in his Kurt Wallander series, represents a landmark moment in the genre comparable to the swan songs of Ian Rankin's John Rebus and John Harvey's Charlie Resnick....Moving and oddly inspiring. An unforgettable series finale."
"Review" by , "[The] perpetually dour Swedish detective is at his gloomy best."
"Review" by , "It's an unforgettable finale....As satisfying for its emotional depth as its suspense....A gripping mystery."
"Review" by , "With his new Wallander novel Mankell ups his game and enters John le Carré territory. Not only does The Troubled Man widen the scope of the detective's investigations into the world of international geopolitics and the relationship of Sweden to the U.S. and Russia, it is a work of genuine heft and substance, a melancholy, elegiac book that is thoughtful and perceptive about memory, regret and the unfathomability of human nature....Marvelously astute about behavior and motivation, Mankell has created in Wallander a shambling central character whose unconventional personality is at least as compelling as the crimes he investigates...We can feel Mankell consciously saying goodbye to these people [from Wallander's past] and that he will regret not writing about them as much as we will miss reading about them. Which is more, really, than words can say."
"Review" by , "An absorbing and exciting work....The unique nature of The Troubled Man is how its two concerns — the search for the missing ex-officer, and Wallander's emotional history and physical health — run along parallel (sometimes conjoining) tracks....The resulting book is at once richer in personal detail and more suspenseful than either a work of strictly mainstream fiction or a simple police novel could be. Mankell remains in the vanguard of those writers taking the crime story back to its origins in the realistic novel."
"Review" by , "Wallander makes a riveting [11th] appearance....Though shivering in the winter of his discontent, Wallander will grip the reader hard....He is that rare thing: a true original."
"Review" by , "Masterful....Mankell deftly interweaves the problems of Swedish society with the personal challenges of one man trying to understand what happened and why."
"Review" by , "Arguably Mankell's best Wallander book — which makes the finale for his rule-breaking, overeating, over-drinking, depressed but ultimately good-hearted and righteous detective all the more poignant."
"Review" by , "Mankell's prose is as blunt and pragmatic as his hero."
"Review" by , "By far the most personal and poignant in this classic and compulsive series."
"Review" by , "Mankell's ability to unspool a mystery and Wallander's ability to solve it are still at the head of the class."
"Review" by , "A story that rings deep and hinges on personal stakes....It is the voice of the author — through his hero — and the illumination of layers of life in a thankless profession that lead into a delicious abyss of urgency battling with hopelessness, a rationalization of risk versus a reward already buried under a false headstone."
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