The Troubled Man Paperback – Apr 3 2012
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A New York Times Notable Crime Book of 2011
“A successful stand-alone book. . . . Compelling.”
— Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“A magnificent finale; it’s to be hoped that Mankell may be persuaded to revive his grumpy Nordic inspector, complete with his stomach cramps, failing eyesight and Ikea furniture. He is far too good to lose.”
— Financial Times
“Wallander . . . has become one of the best-loved of all detectives. . . . The Troubled Man delivers in full as a whodunit, as all the Wallander books do. . . . The Troubled Man is a sorrowful––how could it not be?––but fully satisfying conclusion to a great series. No Mankell reader will think of missing it.”
— The Scotsman
“The Troubled Man is a first-rate whodunnit. But it’s also a quiet, considered and respectful farewell; a meditation on a life honestly if imperfectly lived.”
— The Guardian
“Readers whose knowledge of Scandinavian crime fiction goes beyond Stieg Larsson know that it was Henning Mankell who jump-started what has developed into a twenty-year Golden Age. Mankell’s latest novel, the final volume in the Kurt Wallander series, represents a landmark moment in the genre comparable to the swan songs of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus and John Harvey’s Charlie Resnick. . . . Always a reticent man, Wallander shows an intensity of emotion here, a last gasp of felt life, that is both moving and oddly inspiring. An unforgettable series finale.”
— Booklist (starred review)
Praise for Henning Mankell:
“To his legions of North American readers, Henning Mankell is the unrivalled master of Swedish crime fiction and one of the finest practitioners of the genre anywhere.”
— Toronto Star
“Mankell, like Stieg Larsson, appreciates the secrets and the sin lurking beneath all that pristine Swedish snow.”
— Maureen Corrigan, NPR
“For me, Henning Mankell is by far the best writer of police mysteries today. He is in the great tradition of those whose works transcend their chosen genre to become thrilling and moral literature.”
— Michael Ondaatje
“Henning Mankell . . . kicked open the door for the Nordic whodunit. Mankell’s lugubrious Swedish detective, Inspector Kurt Wallander, is one of the most impressive creations in crime fiction today. Grumpy detectives are a staple of the genre, and Wallander is fabulously grumpy.”
— The Guardian
About the Author
Internationally acclaimed author HENNING MANKELL has written nine Kurt Wallander mysteries, which have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes (including the UK's Golden Dagger for Sidetracked). He has also published many other novels for children, teens and adults. In addition, he is one of Sweden's most popular dramatists. Born in 1948, Mankell grew up in the Swedish village Sveg. He now divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as a director at Teatro Avenida. He has spent many years in Africa, where a number of his novels are set.
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I found the context explored in the novel rather fascinating, having lived through those times in Europe. In fact, the story led me to recalling the rumours and innuendos about the much admired Prime Minister, Olof Palme, his policies, the arms business, and the Soviet submarines assumed to be in places where they shouldn't have been... and later the mystery of Palme's murder. All those events and more form the backdrop to the personal story and drama.
Finally, and movingly, Mankell gives his hero of many years the time to reflect on his life, his loves and losses... and to share his musings about age and whatever life is left for him. The author does that with great empathy and understanding and readers, not only of the older generation, will probably relate to these aspects in personal ways. Some themes may a bit drawn out and not all loose ends come together, but then, neither do they in life. [Friederike Knabe]
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The Swedish series "Wallander" was based on this book and some of his others. It's very gripping and well written.Published 21 months ago by TeeKay
Mankell has gone into a lot of first rate detail about the aging Wallander's personality. Being about the same age as both the character Wallander and presumably the author I can... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2011 by Carol
Very difficult to get into....ponderous prose, and little connection until one has read 3/4 of the book. Then it all comes together.. Read morePublished on May 19 2011 by L. V. Carson
Henning Mankel's aging detective remains interesting around every turn. He has such intellect and hangs on to his dignity and day-to-day life only just. Read morePublished on May 14 2011 by minette