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The Man Who Smiled: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (Kurt Wallander Mysteries # 4)

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The Man Who Smiled begins with Wallander deep in a personal and professional crisis after killing a man in the line of duty; eventually, he vows to quit the Ystad police force for good. Just then, however, a friend who had asked Wallander to look into the death of his father winds up dead himself, shot three times. Ann-Britt Hoglund, the department's first female detective, proves to be his best ally as he tries to pierce the smiling facade of his prime suspect, a powerful multinational business tycoon. But just as he comes close to uncovering the truth, the same shadowy threats responsible for the murders close in on Wallander himself.

All of Mankell's talents as a master of the modern police procedural — which have earned him legions of fans worldwide — are showcased in The Man Who Smiled, which is the fourth of the eight Wallander books published thus far in English.

Review:

"First published in Sweden in 1994, Mankell's terrific fourth Kurt Wallender mystery opens with the kind of startling image typical of this internationally bestselling series (Firewall, etc.): a lawyer, driving home through the fog, stops after he sees 'a human-sized effigy' propped on a chair in the middle of a deserted highway. Gustaf Torstensson gets out of the car to investigate, is hit from behind and was 'dead before his body hit the damp asphalt.' The police accept the assailant's claim that it was an accident, but when Torstensson's son, Sten, is shot dead just two weeks later, the brooding Wallender, who's on sick leave and vowing to retire from the Ystad police force, decides to pursue the killer and resume his career. The chief suspect — a powerful, globe-trotting Swedish businessman who's the smiling man of the title — leads Wallender on an exquisitely plotted search for motive and evidence. Dark and moody, this is crime fiction of the highest order. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"This is the fourth of the nine novels about Detective Inspector Kurt Wallander that have earned Swedish writer Henning Mankell an international following. Published in Sweden in 1994 and now appearing in this country for the first time, 'The Man Who Smiled' is neither the best nor the worst cop story I've read, but it is by far the gloomiest. Mankell has clearly been influenced by his great countryman... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"When the bleak landscapes of Henning Mankell's Swedish police procedurals start to look like home, it's time to head for the hills. Either that, or confront the grim truths about modern society that give weight to this author's absorbing but disquieting existential mysteries." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[T]errific....Dark and moody, this is crime fiction of the highest order." Library Journal

Review:

"I commend the New Press for publishing this as well as other Mankell novels and nonfiction works in translation." Philadelphia Inquirer

Synopsis:

The long-awaited fourth mystery in the bestselling Kurt Wallander series finds the detective deep in crisis after killing a man in the line of duty. Vowing to quit the police force, he instead becomes involved in solving a friend's murder.

About the Author

Henning Mankell has written thirty-six novels, including nine Kurt Wallander mysteries, and many plays. His books have been published in thirty-six countries with over 25 million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Book Prize, and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize. Mankell lives in Sweden and Mozambique.

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sergiocaruso, November 21, 2007 (view all comments by sergiocaruso)
A commisioner of police like Durrenmatt in a distressing Sweden
Sometimes it happens: some “minor” literature books come out and astonish us as real masterpieces. “The man who smiled” is one of these. Mankell mix the story and the carachters realism up without being complicated. Moreover the setting is very original and good immaginated so that it becomes to be a proper carachter: we are immersed in the swedish richness, order and efficiency, but nevertheless it is a land permeated by a constant sense of desolation. On the contrary the novel is not distressing at all, but it counts on a close plot and on a good amount of action. Well, who said that action should stay only at cinema?
Daniele Caruso, Firenze, 20/11/2007
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rjhelenaerika, January 26, 2007 (view all comments by rjhelenaerika)
Mankell writes some of the best crime fiction I have ever read. His books are so atmospheric that you feel you are in Sweden. Wallander is a great character even though I cannot always sympathize with him. I cannot wait for the next in the series to be translated.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565849938
Subtitle:
A Kurt Wallander Mystery
Author:
Mankell, Henning
Translator:
Thompson, Laurie
Author:
Thompson, Laurie
Publisher:
New Press, The
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Detectives
Subject:
Sweden
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Detectives - Sweden
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Kurt Wallander Mysteries
Publication Date:
September 19, 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
325
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 325 pages New Press - English 9781565849938 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "First published in Sweden in 1994, Mankell's terrific fourth Kurt Wallender mystery opens with the kind of startling image typical of this internationally bestselling series (Firewall, etc.): a lawyer, driving home through the fog, stops after he sees 'a human-sized effigy' propped on a chair in the middle of a deserted highway. Gustaf Torstensson gets out of the car to investigate, is hit from behind and was 'dead before his body hit the damp asphalt.' The police accept the assailant's claim that it was an accident, but when Torstensson's son, Sten, is shot dead just two weeks later, the brooding Wallender, who's on sick leave and vowing to retire from the Ystad police force, decides to pursue the killer and resume his career. The chief suspect — a powerful, globe-trotting Swedish businessman who's the smiling man of the title — leads Wallender on an exquisitely plotted search for motive and evidence. Dark and moody, this is crime fiction of the highest order. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "When the bleak landscapes of Henning Mankell's Swedish police procedurals start to look like home, it's time to head for the hills. Either that, or confront the grim truths about modern society that give weight to this author's absorbing but disquieting existential mysteries."
"Review" by , "[T]errific....Dark and moody, this is crime fiction of the highest order."
"Review" by , "I commend the New Press for publishing this as well as other Mankell novels and nonfiction works in translation."
"Synopsis" by , The long-awaited fourth mystery in the bestselling Kurt Wallander series finds the detective deep in crisis after killing a man in the line of duty. Vowing to quit the police force, he instead becomes involved in solving a friend's murder.
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