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ISBN13: 9781400031511
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Author's Note

Special Essay:

Give the Man a Break: KURT WALLANDER

The average American hard-boiled detective is as well known for busting wise-guys as he is for muttering wise-cracks, but Europe?s most recent hard-boiled incarnations are not so full of bravado. Rather, they seem to echo the sense of overwhelming chaos that has come with the quickening modernization of our world.

Kurt Wallander, Henning Mankell?s Swedish police commissioner from the small town of Ystad, is a perfect example. The over-tired policeman?s health is less than perfect given his preference for fast food, coffee, alcohol, and little sleep. Middle-aged and divorced from his wife Mona (which he still regrets), Wallander lives the familiar life of a solitary detective. Yet he is shy and longs for a woman who will understand him. He is the sort of man who asks each morning whether life has a purpose?not his life, but life in general.

Still more typical of modern life is Wallander?s strained relationship with his aging father, who lives on a farm near Ystad, where he paints Swedish landscapes, alternately with or without a wood grouse. His failed attempts to reconcile himself with his stern father?s disapproval of his career as a policeman remains a constant source of consternation for Wallander. Each time he fails to visit his father because of his job, readers cannot help but feel sympathy for this awkwardly helpless guardian of the law.

We can see less clearly into Wallander?s inner thoughts than we can the details surrounding him. It is common for Wallander?s interior dialogue to be disrupted by the cruelty of the gruesome murders he must investigate, as if he never has time to find himself. The society that Wallander must occupy is one that has fractured under cultural shifts in race, equality, and morality, and ceaselessly draws Wallander and his associates back into the savage brutality it reaps. Henning Mankell explains the force behind Wallander?s drive:

"I wanted to write about how difficult it is to be a good police officer. Police officers often tell me they know things are changing quicker than they can deal with, that society?s outracing them. But Wallander?s never cynical. He never says, "I don?t care about that." Naturally that damages him, but he takes responsibility, and that?s what I love. He feels tired because the work is too much. But if he didn?t do the work, he?d feel worse, he would leave a big black hole in himself . . . I think a lot of people are struggling to manage now?feeling they are running for a bus they?ll never catch. In that sense, he?s a very common man. In Sweden, people write to him as if he?s alive, and can help them."

(The Guardian, January 12, 2002)

So Kurt Wallander approaches each new case more skeptically, with increasing determination and ingenious intuition, which is to say, not so different from the likes of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. In the end, the case is always put to rest, but Kurt Wallander is simply very tired.

(Courtesy of Vintage Books)

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gjack, January 31, 2014 (view all comments by gjack)
There is something in the way that Mankell begins one of his Wallander investigations that keeps me coming back to his books again and again. One Step Behind is a story of young people who are participating in something of a summer solstice, when they are murdered. Wallander investigates with his usual instincts guiding him. I love how he is a real human being with his flaws yet he is still the best at what he does. If readers like the trilogy of the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, then they will love this mystery!
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9781400031511
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Mankell, Henning
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Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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20030131
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English
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448
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Product details 448 pages Vintage - English 9781400031511 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Discover Europe's favorite mystery writer. Sweden's Henning Mankell writes a first-rate police procedural that also serves as an indictment of contemporary society. His characters are fully drawn, full of frailties, unexpected courage, and are utterly endearing.

"Staff Pick" by ,

"In the same vein as the complex police procedurals of Ian Rankin comes these books featuring Detective Kurt Wallander. Set in Mankell's native Sweden, these dark and brooding mysteries have a European sensibility reminiscent of recent European crime thrillers like Insomnia and The Vanishing (the original European versions). Mankell is a best-selling author in Europe, and deserves the same success here in the States with his Black Lizard reissues." Georgie Lewis,

"Review" by , "Lyrical, meticulous, and stunningly suspenseful."
"Review" by , "Typical of the dense, intricate intelligence that Mankell brings to detection and crime writing."
"Review" by , "Satisfying in a way that has less to do with the wonders of forensic science than with the pure pleasure of rational thought."
"Review" by , "It is not hard to see why the Wallander books have made a particular impact."
"Review" by , ?Lyrical....Meticulously detailed....Masterful.?
"Review" by , ?Wonderful! Police procedural with personal texture.?
"Review" by , ?Henning Mankell?s Inspector Wallander has established himself as one of the best of recent detectives....It is not hard to see why the Wallander books have made a particular impact.?
"Review" by , "Mankell remains central to the flowering of a new, distinctly darker strain of the European hard-boiled crime novel."
"Review" by , "The best of Wallander's adventures to date."
"Review" by , ?Especially satisfying.?
"Synopsis" by , Sixth in the Kurt Wallander series.

On Midsummers Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in eighteenth-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallanders most trusted colleagues-someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime-also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he cant begin to imagine how. Reeling from his own fathers death and facing his own deteriorating health, Wallander tracks the lethal progress of the killer. Locked in a desperate effort to catch him before he strikes again, Wallander always seems to be just one step behind.

"Synopsis" by , An unknown killer is on the loose, but their only lead is a photograph of three dead young people in costume. Forced to dig more deeply than he'd like into the personal life of one of his colleagues, Wallander's investigation uncovers something he could never have imagined. "One Step Behind" is the fifth book to appear in English in what the "Los Angeles Times Book Review" calls the "exquisite" Kurt Wallander series.
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