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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Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Wallander is a skilled detective but less skilled at managing his life.

It is this realism surrounding the characterization of Kurt Wallander that has as one reviewer puts it: I wasn’t really sure about the end of the story, whether didetracked was a whimper rather than a bang, but on reflection, I thought it was appropriate because this was a story about the detective not about the murderer. Jan 27, Joe Noir rated it really liked it. I particularly like the portrayal of his feelings about his father and his daughter – one turning back into a child, and the other mankll into an independent adult.

As manekll does, a couple more men will be murdered and scalped and it becomes pretty clear that neither Wallander nor anyone else on his team will be going on vacation anytime soon.



Chronicler of the Winds. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Could someone please remove her from the farmer’s land? He rolled down the window. But his investigation is beset with a handful of obstacles–a department distracted by the threat of impending cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous long-distance relationship with a murdered policeman’s widow, and the unshakably haunting preoccupation with the young girl who set herself on fire.

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Of course, to those fans thoroughly familiar with Mankell’s work, it is the Swedish televised version that is found to be a more accurately portrayal of Mankell’s novels Wallander is naturally horrified and cannot imagine why widetracked girl would have chosen to end her life, especially in such a painful manner.

Dec 25, Karen Machin rated it it was amazing.

The only mystery was whether the killer would come after Kurt and Linda. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Mankell touches on human trafficking but it doesn’t overwhelm the book like his sietracked into other social ills have done in previous books.

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In the distance he caught a glimpse of the sea. Sidetracked is a good story. It’s rare for me to find a character I believe in so thoroughly, and it’s exciting when it happens. This was my first Mankell, and it is elegantly done, with a protagonist you don’t love or hate, he’s just a real guy. I’ll read more in the series Mankell fans should appreciate this one, if approached in a leisurely manner. Looking for More Great Reads? Aug 05, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: In this novel, the horror comes to Ystad via a serial killer the first in Sweden’s criminal historya powerful monster who favors splitting open skulls with an ax and taking the victim’s scalp.


When his murder events occur in a Scandinavian country, I become even more wary of what might come next. He was forced to watch as she doused herself with gasoline and set herself ablaze. The overall impression is of someone who is fundamentally decent, who makes mistakes, but honestly tries to do his best. On top of these sick events, we have to deal with the real world worries of Wallander as he mulls over what is going on in the world around him. Other books in the series.

But in spite of that, I liked this. Sidetracked Kurt Wallander 5 by Henning Mankell. She continued to stand utterly motionless. Preview — Sidetracked by Henning Mankell. When an author has to stretch this far to get a plot premise, I begin to get nervous.