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The Troubled Man : A Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell
  

The Troubled Man : A Kurt Wallander Mystery

Part of the Kurt Wallander Series
Crime / Mystery   Thriller / Suspense   

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 29 May 2011.

The return of Kurt Wallander, for his final case, has already caused a sensation around the globe. The Troubled Man confirms Henning Mankell's position as the king of crime writing.

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Synopsis

The Troubled Man : A Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell

Every morning Hakan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. However, one winter's day he fails to come home. It seems that the retired naval officer has vanished without trace. Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation but he has personal reasons for his interest in the case as Hakan's son is engaged to his daughter Linda. A few months earlier, at Hakan's 75th birthday party, Kurt noticed that the old man appeared uneasy and seemed eager to talk about a controversial incident from his past career that remained shrouded in mystery. Could this be connected to his disappearance? When Hakan's wife Louise also goes missing, Wallander is determined to uncover the truth. His search leads him down dark and unexpected avenues involving espionage, betrayal and new information about events during the Cold War that threatens to cause a political scandal on a scale unprecedented in Swedish history. The investigation also forces Kurt to look back over his own past and consider his hopes and regrets, as he comes to the unsettling realisation that even those we love the most can remain strangers to us. And then an even darker cloud appears on the horizon...The return of Kurt Wallander, for his final case, has already caused a sensation around the globe. The Troubled Man confirms Henning Mankell's position as the king of crime writing.


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With his new Wallander novel Mankell ups his game and enters John le Carre territory. -- Los Angeles Times [The] perpetually dour Swedish detective is at his gloomy best. -- The New York Times Book Review At once richer in personal detail and more suspenseful than either a work of strictly mainstream fiction or a simple police novel could be. Mankell remains in the vanguard of those writers taking the crime story back to its origins in the realistic novel. -- San Francisco Chronicle

A magnificent finale. -- Financial Times Arguably Mankell's best Wallander book--which makes the finale for his rule-breaking, overeating, over-drinking, depressed but ultimately good-hearted and righteous detective all the more poignant. -- The Plain Dealer

Mankell's prose is as blunt and pragmatic as his hero. -- The New Yorker

By far the most personal and poignant in this classic and compulsive series. -- New York Journal of Books

Mankell's ability to unspool a mystery and Wallander's ability to solve it are still at the head of the class. -- Newsday

A story that rings deep and hinges on personal stakes. . . . It is the voice of the author--through his hero--and the illumination of layers of life in a thankless profession that lead into a delicious abyss of urgency battling with hopelessness, a rationalization of risk versus a reward already buried under a false headstone. -- The Oregonian

A moving portrait of a man entering old age. -- The Times Literary Supplement (London)

A richly embroidered tapestry. -- Providence Journal


About the Author

Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell was born in Stockholm in 1948. He is the prize-winning author of the eight novels in the Inspector Wallander Series which has been translated into many languages and consistently tops the best-seller lists throughout Europe. His novel Sidetracked won the CWA Gold dagger in 2001. Mankell has worked as an actor, theatre director and manager in Sweden and in Mozambique, where he is head of Teatro Avenida in Maputo. He died in October 2015.

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Publication date

24th March 2011

Author

Henning Mankell

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Publisher

Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage

Format

Hardback
384 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781846553714

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