sisusal, September 17, 2011 (view all comments by sisusal)
READ THE BOOK SEVERAL YEARS AGO CAN NOT REMEMBER THE PLOT BUT KNOW I HAVE READ ALL THE KURT WALLANDBOOKS ENDING WITH THE TROUBLED MAN ALSO FOLLOWED THE SERIES ON PUBLIC TELEVISION
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.)
by Dallas Morning News,
"Compelling...skillfully plotted and suspenseful....A thriller for the thinking reader."
by USA Today,
"Mankell's novels are a joy."
by The Guardian,
"Wallander is a lovable gumshoe....He is one of the most credible creations in contemporary crime fiction."
by Library Journal,
"[T]errific....Dark and moody, this is crime fiction of the highest order."
by Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review,
"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."
by Philadelphia Inquirer,
"I commend the New Press for publishing this as well as other Mankell novels and nonfiction works in translation."
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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