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Sidetracked: Kurt Wallander Mysteries # 5 (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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ISBN13: 9781400031566
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Fourth in the Kurt Wallander series.

In the award-winning Sidetracked, Kurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a teenage girl has been loitering all day long. He arrives just in time to watch her douse herself in gasoline and set herself aflame. The next day he is called to a beach where Swedens former Minister of Justice has been axed to death and scalped. The murder has the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes again. But his investigation is beset with a handful of obstacles—a department distracted by the threat of impending cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous long-distance relationship with a murdered policemans widow, and the unshakably haunting preoccupation with the young girl who set herself on fire. Fascinating and astute, Sidetracked is a compelling mystery enhanced by keen social awareness.

Review:

"Presents Mankell at his best — if you haven't bought Sidetracked, do so ASAP". Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"Connoisseurs of the police procedural will tear into this installment like the seven-course banquet it is." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A]bove all, the novel stands out for its nuanced evocation of even the peripheral characters. Winner of Sweden's 1997 Best Crime Novel of the Year, this is another terrific offering from the talented Mankell." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Full of emotion yet cleanly written, apparently straightforward yet fraught with intriguing revelations, Mankell's latest mystery is strongly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"It is Wallander's anguished voice. . . that captures us....Mankell's philosophical hero vows to make it up to the coming generation while he still can." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Mankell effectively contrasts Wallander's crisp attention to procedural detail with the all-pervading sense of melancholy that enshrouds his inner life. There is a sameness of tone to the Wallander novels that becomes a bit oppressive eventually, but they remain a quintessential example of the hard-boiled European procedural." Booklist

Review:

"Full of emotion yet cleanly written, apparently straightforward yet fraught with intriguing revelations, Mankell's latest mystery is strongly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Mankell's style [is] expansive, his details sharply observed...Wallander is as solid and credible as ever. Sidetracked presents Mankell at his best. If you haven't bought Sidetracked, do so ASAP." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Synopsis:

A teenage girl self-immolates, the former Minister of Justice is murdered and scalped, and suddenly Inspector Kurt Wallander finds himself searching for Sweden's first serial killer.

About the Author

Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written nine Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have topped the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving a number of major literary prizes and generating numerous international film and television adaptations. He lives in Mozambique.

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Wendell Bowerman, September 16, 2011 (view all comments by Wendell Bowerman)
This is the first Kurt Wallander mystery I've read; I liked it enough to begin searching for the rest of the series. In this one, the reader knows from the beginning who the murderer is, so the suspense turns on the effort of the police to figure it out and capture him. The murderer's motive also gets clearer as the police uncover it; the process that Wallander goes through to direct the search, and his self-doubts about his procedures, add a great deal to the interest of the book.
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Edward Hahn, September 12, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
This offering by Swedish author, Henning Mankell, featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander, is difficult to categorize.

Is it a Mystery? It's mysterious in the sense that there are many surprises along the way but it's not really a classic Mystery because reader knows who the killer is long before Wallander does.

Is it a Police Procedural? Sort of since the reader is privy to how the police go about their work but only to highlight Wallander's thinking.

Is it a Thriller? Wallander is targeted by the killer and his daughter is stalked. He and another policeman are shot at and Wallander's companion is wounded. However these events comprise a very small part of the book.

Is it a Psychological Study? Mankell spends a lot of time exploring Wallander's thinking as he tries to solve the murders and the sub-plot involving his relationships with his woman friend, his daughter and his father are well documented from his point of view. Yet, the thrust of the story is not to analyze why Wallander thinks the way he does but rather to explore his thought processes as they occur.

In the end, it really doesn't matter because the story of the search for a serial killer is totally absorbing on its own.

This particular offering is a good example of the best that Mankell has to offer: literature offered up as a detective story.
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Joshua Okrent, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by Joshua Okrent)
I began reading this celebrated series in 2007 or so and have been going through them in order. This one, the 5th, is my favorite so far and while I have enjoyed them all, this is the first which really thrilled me. The compelling narrative is told from the points of view of both our trusty detective, Kurt Wallender, and from the deranged and methodical killer. The killer himself is an inspired creation, truly awful yet powerfully sympathetic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400031566
Author:
Mankell, Henning
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
European - Scandinavian
Subject:
Sweden
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
Wallander, Kurt
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
1458
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.10x5.12x.94 in. .72 lbs.

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Product details 432 pages Vintage - English 9781400031566 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Presents Mankell at his best — if you haven't bought Sidetracked, do so ASAP".
"Review" by , "Connoisseurs of the police procedural will tear into this installment like the seven-course banquet it is."
"Review" by , "[A]bove all, the novel stands out for its nuanced evocation of even the peripheral characters. Winner of Sweden's 1997 Best Crime Novel of the Year, this is another terrific offering from the talented Mankell."
"Review" by , "Full of emotion yet cleanly written, apparently straightforward yet fraught with intriguing revelations, Mankell's latest mystery is strongly recommended."
"Review" by , "It is Wallander's anguished voice. . . that captures us....Mankell's philosophical hero vows to make it up to the coming generation while he still can." The New York Times Book Review
"Review" by , "Mankell effectively contrasts Wallander's crisp attention to procedural detail with the all-pervading sense of melancholy that enshrouds his inner life. There is a sameness of tone to the Wallander novels that becomes a bit oppressive eventually, but they remain a quintessential example of the hard-boiled European procedural."
"Review" by , "Full of emotion yet cleanly written, apparently straightforward yet fraught with intriguing revelations, Mankell's latest mystery is strongly recommended."
"Review" by , "Mankell's style [is] expansive, his details sharply observed...Wallander is as solid and credible as ever. Sidetracked presents Mankell at his best. If you haven't bought Sidetracked, do so ASAP."
"Synopsis" by , A teenage girl self-immolates, the former Minister of Justice is murdered and scalped, and suddenly Inspector Kurt Wallander finds himself searching for Sweden's first serial killer.
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