Synopses & Reviews
Inspector Kurt Wallander's long-anticipated vacation plans are interrupted by two horrific deaths: the self-immolation of an unidentified young woman and the brutal murder of the former minister of justice. As the police struggle to piece together the few clues they have, the killer strikes again.
Winner of Sweden's Best Mystery Award in 1997 and hailed by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as "Mankell at his best," Sidetracked merges blistering suspense with adroit social and political commentary, from the disintegration of the family and the exploitation of women to corruption and scandal at the highest levels of government, in "a quintessential example of the hard-boiled European procedural" (Booklist).
"Meticulously detailed...often lyrical...masterful." Publishers Weekly (starred 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
"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
"Connoisseurs of the police procedural will tear into this installment like the seven-course banquet it is." Kirkus Reviews
"Full of emotion yet cleanly written, apparently straightforward yet fraught with intriguing revelations, Mankell's latest mystery is strongly recommended." Library Journal
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.