From the dean of Scandinavian noir, the fourth riveting installment in the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series, the basis for. 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. Sidetracked. A Kurt Wallander Mystery. Henning Mankell. Translated by Steven T . Murray. Gripping suspense combines with probing social commentary in the.

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So there’s none of the dreariness that came from the weather and the locations that really set the mood in the earlier books of this series.

Is it not great? I had to shamelessly plug old Ken, as I do in every Wallander book review.


And did you know that Swedes eat pea soup on Thursdays? Also available as an e-book. It is this realism surrounding the characterization of Kurt Wallander that has as one reviewer puts it: The overall impression is of someone who is fundamentally decent, who makes mistakes, but honestly tries to do his best. View all 4 comments.

Lists with This Book. Makell 04, Ed rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: One book in my personal fantastic range is enough.

We all get distracted by life. Why does the killer scalp his victims? Mankell’s mastery lies in pitting Kurt’s character traits against real-time events that involve his profession as a policeman. May 13, Pages Buy. Everywhere he looked were yellow rapeseed fieds. The Nordic weather, cold to the bones, drives its populace indoors for much of the year where cuddling up to read the latest in crime fiction is a national pastime.

And everything happened very fast. Author Essay Give the Man a Break: Contentment does not come often to Kankell but it is present on this fine day.


As Americans we often think of Sweden as possessing an very open attitude towards sex and that this is in marked contrast or perhaps reprieve to the somber attitudes of its populace.

The scenery isn’t dreary winter, it’s summer holiday.


The New Press is a nonprofit public-interest book publisher. He arrives just in time to watch her douse herself in gasoline sidegracked set herself aflame. It will definitely not be my last. The book is set in Southern Sweden in an area of small cities and towns and rural areas.

There are interesting work relationships – the mentor past bossthe colleagues Nyborg is especially interestingcounterparts from other police stations, and even the witnesses and victims.

Characters speak like real people. The reader encounters gruesome murders, some action, quite a bit of suspense, and a pretty cool ending.

Is it a Thriller? And what possible motive could the killer have for scalping the victims? It was a satisfying read and I look forward to reading more by Henning Mankell next time I feel like reading some crime fiction. Although the Swedish characters and settings are sisetracked mouthful, there is a great story behind it all! And so I got my first book by Mankell, which in fact happens to be the fourth or so of the series.

I read and listened to this and prefer the translation in mnkell Kindle edition. There are a number of troubled families in this manjell, for example, including Wallander’s own. Shortly after the girl’s death a retired Swedish Minister of Justice is murdered by someone who smashes his head with an man,ell and then takes his scalp.

It is no exaggeration when I say that Henning Mankell is by far one of the most successful writers in Scandinavia, especially in his own country of Sweden. Outside of the gruesome murders no new health issues come up either, except for a nasty sunburn, so that isn’t driving any dreariness and dark mood.

A man disguises his face with ritualistic markings and cruelly kills another man with an ax and then scalps him. Support The New Press.


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View all 16 comments. Dec 27, Angela rated it really liked it. Feb 28, Michele Weiner rated it really liked it. Mankell’s love of Africa, his theater work on that continent, and his exploits in helping the disadvantaged is not generally known by his American readers.

Her eyes were wide open and she was staring straight at him. The idea of Nordic carnality is notably absent in Mankell’s ssidetracked, as much a statement of its erroneous perception Swedes do not see themselves as part of any sexual revolution at all and in the case of Mankell ironic because the film director most responsible for advancing these explicit sexual parameters for his time was his sidetracied father-in-law the great Ingmar Bergman.

There mznkell a woman in his life and he wants to marry her, but she is the widow of a Latvian policeman who was killed in the line of duty and she’s not so sure she wants to commit to a life with a Swedish policeman.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Apr 22, harshv rated it really liked it Shelves: Middle-aged and divorced from his wife Mona which he still regretsWallander lives mxnkell familiar life of a solitary detective.

This novel falls into the category of a police procedural. I mean, who doesn’t love self-immolation, hatchet murders, and scalpings?

This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat The murder has the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes again.