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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307398846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307398840
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
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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By Friederike Knabe TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 13 2013
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Apparently, The Troubled Man, is Henning Mankell's last book in the Kurt Wallander series. Many of us will miss him as we got to like the often grumpy detective, who has had his own, very individual, ways of following suspects and investigating crime(s). This novel is not necessarily his best detective story, - but then I am not the one to judge, not being very knowledgeable in this genre - yet, in other ways, it makes for a very rewarding read. We learn more about the man, Wallander, who he was and what made him the man he is at sixty. We get to understand how he pursues his leads, even when the case is not really his to tackle. In this case there is a family connection that pulls him into the drama head-on. It becomes evident soon that the case will benefit from Wallander's experience and knowledge of Swedish history going back thirty years and more.

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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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 14 2011
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As usual, Mankell serves up another complex and thought-provoking story about crime in the Nordic world. What makes this novel extra special is that it is the last in the series. The reader gets to see Mankell wrap this intriguing tale up in heroic fashion, where his embattled creature, Wallander, finally ties up all the loose ends in his life his way. Wallander is not a man to be unduly influenced by how others would choose to have him respond to the issue at hand. He has to see it for himself. Once again, there is nothing impulsive about what he does to solve a crime - in this case, the disappearance of his daughter's in-laws - because he never does anything in a hurry or in isolation. Like some Viking warrior preparing for one more battle, the ever introspective and intuitive chief detective inspector Kurt Wallander is not just grappling with another formidable foe of unknown proportions: this time he's up against himself and his many personal issues related to ageing and death. It is obvious to his followers that this sixty-year-old man has far too much on his plate to handle - family, job, fading memories, personal conflicts, in addition to a very perplexing mystery - but true to form, he labors on because he is in touch with the pulse of life: the compelling need to know the truth. Once again, Mankell does an acceptable job of allowing the events of the story to be controlled by the main character himself. Nothing criminal will be settled in this novel until Wallander resolves the bigger matters that impinge on his personal wellness. There is nothing fast paced about anything Wallander does, and that, oddly enough, is his strong point.Read more ›
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This is the last of the Wallander series and so appropriate for both Wallander and Mankell. I would read the books in order starting with The Pyramid although it was written later. Mankell captures the Scandinavian/Nordic spirit from his opening sentence to the very end.
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By Steve Glover on March 21 2013
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I chose this book because I like Wallander. I first got to know of him on PBS. Once more he reveals that life and the solving of it's mysteries is not easy as well and neither is real detective work. A good read. Finished it in two days.
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By DBL on Oct. 9 2014
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Mostly satisfying end to the series. Rambling and very wordy at times but a good read for fans of Kurt. However, if you are just beginning the series, choose another one of the many books.
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As usual, an enjoyable read but i can't help but think its the last in the series after all, closing with the title character following down the same slippery slope as his father.
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