The Troubled Man

The Troubled Man

eBook - 2011
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From the author most recently of the bestselling, internationally acclaimed thriller The Man from Beijing -- comes the first Kurt Wallander mystery in more than a decade: the much-anticipated return of the brilliant, brooding detective.

On a winter's day in 2008, Hakån von Enke, a retired high-ranking naval officer, disappears during his daily walk in a forest near Stockholm. The investigation into his disappearance falls under the jurisdiction of the Stockholm Police, but Wallander is personally affected: Enke is his beloved daughter, Linda's, father-in-law. Before long, in his inimitable way, Wallander is interfering in matters that are not his responsibility, making promises he has no intention of keeping, telling lies when it suits him, paying little attention to normal procedure (including the law)nbsp;-- and, unlike the other detectives on the case, getting results. But the results seem to be pointing to elaborate Cold War espionage activities that confound even this master detective and grow more confounding the more he uncovers. The "troubled man" of the title is not just Enke, but also Wallander himself. The delighted grandfather of Linda's newborn daughter, he is nonetheless obsessed with his physical and mental deterioration, negligent of his health and certain that at age sixty, he's on the threshold of senility. Haunted by his past, desperate to live up to the hope that his granddaughter presents him with, facing the future with profound uncertainty, Wallander will be forced to come face to face with his most intractable adversary: himself. Suspenseful, darkly atmospheric, psychologically gripping, The Troubled Man is Henning Mankell at his mesmerizing best.
Publisher: Toronto :, Knopf Canada,, 2011
ISBN: 9780307398857
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-


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Feb 01, 2020

This, the last of the nine (?) full length novels starring Kurt Wallander, deals with Kurt investigating the disappearance of his daughter's proposed father-in-law and mother-in-law. Kurt uses a good amount of his paid time off to attempt to figure out what happened to them. In this latest year of Kurt's police detective career, Kurt's health, diabetes, etc. have begun to take a toll on both his physical and mental sharpness. One wonders if author Henning Mankell is alluding to his own physical/mental condition as he would die just a few years after the completion of this novel.

Feb 06, 2017

The final Kurt Wallander mystery may also be the best: a complicated spy mystery in which Wallander struggles with work, family issues, personal regrets, and his own mortality.

harrybrowne Jul 20, 2015

The last novel in this outstanding series. If you have not seen the TV series with Kenneth Branagh as Wallander, do so. He makes the detective come alive.

Jul 02, 2015

I almost gave up on reading this one in spite of being interested in the story. Where were the editors?

Jun 23, 2014

Excellent Wallander crime mystery, seems it's to be the last.

Dec 23, 2013

My first Mankell novel as I seek a fix for Jo Nesbo withdrawal.

It kept me interested, but ultimately the ending was a little unsatisfactory. In the real world, we never get complete answers wrapped into nice neat little packages, but in fiction, leaving unanswered questions should only be done as a mechanism to encourage readers to draw their own conclusions. The nature of the unanswered questions in this book do not lend themselves to that.

Nov 23, 2013

I liked it. It's the first in this series that I've read, and I'm disappointed that it is clearly the last. And I didn't notice the "political drivel" another reviewer referred to.... oh, maybe he meant cold war stuff, American and Russian spies and so on.

Sep 25, 2013

This is supposed to be the last story in the Wallander series. It was well written with plenty of character study. However, it is long and protracted. This could have been a better novel if its length is reduced by 1/3.

Jul 05, 2013

As usual a good long book from Mankell, maybe a tad too long. Disappointing for its political content, for its lack of " getting somewhere". At the end we feel that nothing has been proven, nothing has been clarified. We are left with a very disappointing ending (speaking of the novel), and worst, a very disappointing ending ( speaking of Wallender). The author could have ended the series with a more positive note instead of getting fed always the obnoxious political drivel that nothing can be done about it. And Wallender didn't merit this kind of ending. It's just to sad. A very disappointed book, all in all. I just think that for his last novel Wallender could have come on top. What started as a mystery ended up as nothing was gained but much was lost.

Jun 28, 2013

Mankell's Kurt Wallander series ends on a fittingly melancholy note as he investigates the disappearances of his daughter's in-laws. Wallander remains his brooding, cerebral self when considering what is going on in this case. As usual he has a breakthrough towards the end where he realizes he's been misled and he figures (almost) everything out. Along the way he suffers the pangs of age: losing friends, disturbing physical and mental symptoms and loneliness. Even his dog gets sick. I was a little bored by the mystery itself though the pace picked up towards the end. It's a little hard not to be depressed by how this book ends.

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debwalker Mar 31, 2011

Wonderful quote from Mankell about the crime fiction genre in the Globe & Mail March 29, 2011: "the genre is often misunderstood. It's not just about finding out whodunit, it's about understanding the world through the lens of crime and justice, he says, citing Crime and Punishment (about a brutal murder, but so much more), Heart of Darkness (crime fiction about the European abuse of Africa) and even Medea ("If there had been a police force in Greek society, there would have been policemen in the play.") "To put up the mirror of crime in front of you is one of the oldest ways of telling a story that exist."

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