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An Event in Autumn (Kurt Wallander)

An Event in Autumn (Kurt Wallander) [Kindle Edition]

Henning Mankell
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"An absolute pleasure to read and one worth luxuriating in" (Alison Flood Observer)

"Wallander remains one of the most impressive and credible creations in crime faction today" (Ian Thompson Spectator)

"Mankell is undoubtedly a skilled writer with plenty of breadth, but it’s clear that his subtleties of character, plot and pace achieve greatest expression in the Wallander series" (James Urquhart Independent on Sunday)

"Wallander is among the very best fictional crimebusters" (Daily Telegraph)

"The real test of thrillers of this kind is whether you want to spend time in the detective's company. I certainly do" (Sean French Irish Times)

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A beautiful gift edition of a new Kurt Wallander novella, in which the original Scandinavian detective uncovers the skeleton of a woman in a suburban garden

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1229 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804170649
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (4 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846558077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846558078
  • ASIN: B00HFAZ062
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Henning Mankell has become a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prize-winning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries are currently dominating bestseller lists all over the globe. His books have been translated into over forty languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations: most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell devotes much of his free time to working with Aids charities in Africa, where he is also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo.

In 2008, the University of St Andrews conferred Henning Mankell with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to literature and to the practical exercise of conscience.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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This 149 page novella was written in 2002 as part of a Dutch crime novel promotion. Previously unpublished in English, it has only now seen the light of day after Henning Mankell saw a recent BBC dramatization and decided the story was alive and relevant.

Set between "Before the Frost" and "The Troubled Man", we find a grumpy and doubting Wallander, visiting an empty farmhouse with a view to buy it. As he explores the garden he trips on a root sticking up from the earth. Getting back in his car he realises something was not right. When he returns to the garden he discovers it was not a root. It was a skeletal human hand.....

This is not long or involving enough to be ranked among the classic 90's novels but it is a gripping mystery, and we are in familiar territory. Detailed police procedures, existential angst , cancer, dementia, the bad weather, mud, loneliness, old people, Nyberg, Martinson and hot dogs. Linda features and some of the best moments are them working together and bickering...

As this is fairly short, the publishers have included an interesting and new 14 page article, by Mankell talking about Wallander's creation and why he ended the series. Intriguingly, he hints again at possible Linda Wallander books. I had known of this story for a while and was delighted when I read of the English version. I did attempt to savour this, but read it in one sitting. That's it. No more Kurt Wallander stories.

This is a list of the Wallander stories in chronological order -which is not necessarily the order they were written in. I have also included Return of the Dancing Master which does not include Wallander but occurs in the Wallander universe.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I finished the final Wallander novel The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery with some sadness, knowing that it was the last episode in the life of the Swedish detective whose investigations and ponderings on life have been so interesting to follow. What a treat then to see that this novella (which is set before The Troubled Man), which begins with Wallander visiting a house belonging to a relative of a colleague, with a view to buying it, and settling down to retirement with a dog. The discovery of a skeleton in the garden triggers the beginning of a police investigation with leads and red herrings, as you would expect. Wallander's character is as reflective and detached as ever, instantly recognisable to those of us who have loved this series. There isn't really anything new or distinctive here, but that isn't either what was offered, or what I was looking for when I purchased and read this book. Instead, it represents an opportunity to spend a bit more time in the company of a familiar, flawed yet likeable character before saying farewell for good. As a bonus, at the end, there is an essay from Mankell about the creation and development of this most popular of detectives. A recommended read for fans, and if you are new to the Wallander series (lucky you) and you want to give it a try, then this novella gives you a flavour which may lead you to want to read the entire series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This house lacks curb appeal - 4+ 4 Sep 2014
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Nearing retirement, Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander is looking for a quiet place in the Swedish countryside. A colleague sends him off to look at a small farm house that seems ideal, but on close inspection turns out be a burial ground of sorts. And so begins an interesting police procedural looking into a 50-year old crime with few clues or living witnesses.

"An Event in Autumn", one of the last of the Wallander books (written on commission for a Dutch publisher some years ago), is instantly recognizable for its witty, slightly sardonic and grumpy style in the handling of the characters and for its perfect description of the physical context. The reader is in direct contact with the principals and the landscape from page one.

This is also another book that pushes Kurt Wallander's daughter, Linda, to the forefront. Here, she has been on the Ystad police force for a while and is a full member of the task force looking into the farm house killing. She is also her father's confidant, roommate and frequent verbal opponent.

Finally, "An Event..." comes with a bonus. There is a kind of pithy epilogue by the author that discusses the "birth" of the Wallander character and the much loved series as well as a brief history of Hankell's writing career. It's an interesting look at the thinking of one of the best writers still at work today and a good reason to read this particular story in and of itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An event in autumn (Kurt Wallander 11) 6 Sep 2014
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I was pleased to receive this ebook a few days ago... Again, like many others in the series, the story develops very quickly... I found it to be another that 'I couldn't put it it down...'
Although quite short, compared to Henning's other books, it was a very good read... 'ducking and diving' with the plot going in one direction, then another and then seeming to stagnate with no leads.
Having been watching the first series of the Swedish TV series, Wallander played by Krister Henriksson, easily fitted into the part here.
I have it 4stars because it was short, for no other reason... I recommend this ebook, an easy read 😃
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not the best nor the most interesting of the series and perhaps time for it to end .
Published 1 day ago by jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book
Published 4 days ago by Fab.
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening
Afterword essential for Mankellholics, gives greater understanding and context to the genesis and evolution of Kurt. I have rarely empathised more with any character
Published 6 days ago by Harry
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather dark
This is quite a long book, interesting enough, but there is a lot of Wallender considering is inevitable decline into old age. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Blyth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Missing (English) Link
A very welcome English addition to the Wallander series filling a gap in his career.
The circumstances of its original publication as a free extra in Holland dictated that it... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ken Oldfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Sweet but wishy washy. Not the Mankell we knew with Wallander
Published 12 days ago by Federico E. Mackinlay
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this and enjoy
Can't give a personal review, but my husband. for whom I got for, could not put it down. He raved about it, and it does take a lot to please him in the book department.
Published 14 days ago by Jeanette Anne Groombridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A reall good read.
As usual Mankell gets it right. A reall good read.
Published 19 days ago by David John Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad farewell to any more Kurt Wallander full length stories
A sad farewell to any more Kurt Wallander full length stories.This is a short story,and still ,for me,holds the magic of good
storytelling. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Mrs. Carolyn Arno
2.0 out of 5 stars s better novels, an early attempt and the translator made ...
Not one of Mankell,s better novels, an early attempt and the translator made it too matter of fact. Compare the style with Rankin, no contest, regardless of storyline.
Published 22 days ago by richard Tudor
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