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The Man Who Smiled Hardcover – Large Print, Feb 2007

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  • Hardcover: 613 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (February 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786293195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786293193
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. First published in Sweden in 1994, Mankell's terrific fourth Kurt Wallender mystery opens with the kind of startling image typical of this internationally bestselling series (Firewall, etc.): a lawyer, driving home through the fog, stops after he sees "a human-sized effigy" propped on a chair in the middle of a deserted highway. Gustaf Torstensson gets out of the car to investigate, is hit from behind and was "dead before his body hit the damp asphalt." The police accept the assailant's claim that it was an accident, but when Torstensson's son, Sten, is shot dead just two weeks later, the brooding Wallender, who's on sick leave and vowing to retire from the Ystad police force, decides to pursue the killer and resume his career. The chief suspect—a powerful, globe-trotting Swedish businessman who's the smiling man of the title—leads Wallender on an exquisitely plotted search for motive and evidence. Dark and moody, this is crime fiction of the highest order. (Sept.)
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Swedish crime writer Mankell has taken U.S. publishing by storm over the last decade, launching a genre-altering invasion of his fellow Scandinavian mystery authors and (with other Europeans such as John Harvey and Andrea Camilleri) reinterpreting the notion of the hard-boiled hero. No longer the strong, silent, stand-up guy of American fiction, the new European hero, led by Mankell's Kurt Wallander, faces the horrors of the modern world with a sagging spirit, nearly overwhelmed. Lately, though, Mankell has rested Wallander, focusing instead on other cops in and around Ystad, Sweden, including Wallander's daughter, Linda, the star of Before the Frost (2005). Now the series returns to Wallander but backtracks in time. The Man Who Smiled, written in 1994, was the fourth in the series but is only now appearing in the U.S. It finds Wallander on the verge of quitting the Ystad police force; then a friend who had asked for his help is killed, and the would-be retiree is compelled to go back to work. The case that unfolds, involving a the head of a multinational corporation who traffics in the selling of human organs, opens yet another window on the unimaginable horrors of modern life, but this time Wallander responds with new resolve. Devotees of the series will be thrilled to pick up this missing chapter in the ongoing saga, but it is a bit disconcerting to keep the chronology straight. Still, any new Wallander novel--in whatever order--constitutes a major event in crime fiction. Bill Ott
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Wood on March 2 2010
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As a constant reader, my finding Mankell has been a rare treat. I have in scarce months read all of his books. Anyone who enjoys a police procedural, would like to learn a great deal of Sweden and meet a wonderful character in Kurt Wallender, read all of Mankell. His stand alone novels are equally excellent. The translator for most of the books- Laurie Thompson- does an excellent job.
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Ah, Henning Mankell. Read anything that he has written; it's all good. His translator must also be a very good writer, as it flows so well.
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All of Mankell's Wallander books are extremely well written. This one is no exception. Start reading this series, if you haven't already.
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