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Sidetracked: Kurt Wallander [Kindle Edition]

Henning Mankell , Steven T Murray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Midsummer approaches, and Inspector Kurt Wallander prepares for a holiday with the new woman in his life, hopeful that his wayward daughter and his ageing father will cope without him.



But his restful summer plans are thrown into disarray when a teenage girl commits suicide before his eyes, and a former minister of justice is butchered in the first of a series of apparently motiveless murders. Wallander's desperate hunt for the girl's identity and his furious pursuit of a killer who scalps his victims will throw him and those he loves most into mortal danger.



WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER


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    Amazon.co.uk Review

    "The Swedish summer-time is too beautiful and too brief for something like this to happen." A young girl commits self-immolation, a former government minister is killed with an axe and scalped; these are the two brutal facts that confront Inspector Kurt Wallander as he prepares for his holiday. As the Swedish midsummer approaches there is no escaping from the darkness of society.

    Sidetracked, the fifth of Henning Mankell's acclaimed Kurt Wallander mysteries, and the second to be translated into English, is an engrossing police procedural. The hard-boiled Kurt Wallander has softened slightly since he was first introduced in Faceless Killers, the first title in the series. He drinks less, has more functional relationships and has developed a faith in his investigative team. Despite this, it is his other qualities as a character, his philosophical angst and his intuitive pursuit of hunches, which drive this novel as Wallander struggles to discover the leads that will trap the killer.

    Mankell manages to squeeze in serious comments on the state of Swedish society. The over-stretched police force, child prostitution and the corruption of high politics, all come under the scrutiny of Wallander's wearied gaze as he struggles to come to terms with the new violence of his society. This is a dark novel peppered with genuinely nasty violence, but it is Wallander's struggle to uncover the truth and face his own demons that provide the real thrills. --Iain Robinson

    Amazon Review

    "The Swedish summer-time is too beautiful and too brief for something like this to happen." A young girl commits self-immolation, a former government minister is killed with an axe and scalped; these are the two brutal facts that confront Inspector Kurt Wallander as he prepares for his holiday. As the Swedish midsummer approaches there is no escaping from the darkness of society.

    Sidetracked, the fifth of Henning Mankell's acclaimed Kurt Wallander mysteries, and the second to be translated into English, is an engrossing police procedural. The hard-boiled Kurt Wallander has softened slightly since he was first introduced in Faceless Killers, the first title in the series. He drinks less, has more functional relationships and has developed a faith in his investigative team. Despite this, it is his other qualities as a character, his philosophical angst and his intuitive pursuit of hunches, which drive this novel as Wallander struggles to discover the leads that will trap the killer.

    Mankell manages to squeeze in serious comments on the state of Swedish society. The over-stretched police force, child prostitution and the corruption of high politics, all come under the scrutiny of Wallander's wearied gaze as he struggles to come to terms with the new violence of his society. This is a dark novel peppered with genuinely nasty violence, but it is Wallander's struggle to uncover the truth and face his own demons that provide the real thrills. --Iain Robinson


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 889 KB
    • Print Length: 433 pages
    • Publisher: Vintage Digital (14 Feb. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0038AUYKU
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,036 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. www.henningmankell.co.uk

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    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best police and crime series you can read 14 July 2007
    By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This is the 5th book in the Kurt Wallender series and in my view it is the best so far.

    What makes a Mankell book so special is the mix of plot, suspense and characterisation of the main characters but in particular Wallender.

    In this story Wallender's private life is on the up. His daughter comes to visit him and their relationship so bad in previous novels is now strong. He plans a trip to Italy with his father and he looks forward to the holiday with his new love Baiba.

    This is all in complete contrast to the investigation that he heads up, that of multiple violent murders and a suicide of a young girl.

    What makes these books special is that you follow Wallenders thought process as he churns the facts, his suspicions and theories. Can he link the murderers, is his investigation heading in the right direction or is it sidetracked by normal police process.

    I never rush a Mankell novell. I read every word as there is something to be revealed in nearly every line.

    The best police and crime series you can read. It puts the others in the shade.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Wallander Outing 10 July 2009
    By J. Milton VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I first hear of the Wallander series of novels through watching the BBC adaptations. I began at the start and quickly arrived at Sidetracked, the fifth Wallander novel. Sidetracked happened to be one of the three books adapted for TV so when I began reading I was already familiar with what happens in the book. However, this did not spoil my enjoyment of the book.

    Sidetracked goes back to the bread and butter of police procedurals, which is by no means a bad thing. Gone are the days of international mischief that have peppered previous novels. Wallander and his team of well-established characters are involved in two cases, which at first do not appear to be related and are committed in the vicinity of Skane - a series of murders involving scalping and the gruesome suicide of a young lady.

    There is also a greater insight into Wallander's personal life. His relationships with members of his family begin to warm and his love interest - Baipa - gets a greater mention in this book, which is welcome.

    Overall, an excellent Wallander outing. It's easy to see why this book is award-winning
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mankell 25 May 2004
    By Androo TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    Until I went to Ystad recently, I had no idea what an idyllic and perect small town it is - all cobbled streets and half-timbered cottages. If there's one thing Mankell misdescribes in the Wallander novels, it is the sleepy atmosphere of Ystad. But I guess the idea is that the shocking murders that Inspector Wallander investigates are all the more shocking against this backdrop where in reality there must be next to no crime.
    That aside, this is cracking stuff: gruesome murders, fascinating characters, blind alleys, and that typical rush at the end when everything finally falls into place. All the Wallander novels are excellent - this one is probably one of the better ones.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars warm soul of swedish policeman 10 Feb. 2005
    Format:Paperback
    Novels by Henning Mankel that have as protagonist to inspector Kurt Wallander you can opine are police books. "Sidetracked" is one of the best, dealing with the theme of a psychopathic killer.
    But I personally find the author uses the hook of mystery to expose a big amount of questions so important if not more that the criminal plot. We can begin with the personality of Wallander, a policeman nothing usual, too much sensible for so hard, cruel facts he think has to face, although he overcomes his personal limitations when necessary, but at a considerable personal cost, drinking enormous amounts of coffee and breaking rules and ordnances. For that, in this novel, Wallander lets subconsciously to be sidetracked to avoid the horror he suspects from the beginning. From his police station of Ystad, a small village of South Sweden, the crimes Wallander has to solve, serve an excuse to expose a background of social and politic disarrangement rounding the chaos, details very notable as Swedish society is seen from outside as calm and very equalitarian, although this cases have frequent international implications that go much more far from Sweden. Psychology, ideology, politics and sociology are in this books as relevant as crimes and action. All that it's an engineering piece not easy to ensemble, and some of his novels are better achieved than others, and suppose even can disgust to readers which don't want more than a thriller or disagree with the general thesis of the author.
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    34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars read them in chronological order 14 Nov. 2011
    Format:Paperback
    I hope I can help readers read Wallander's books in the right order:
    1. Faceless killers
    2. The dogs of Riga
    3. The white lioness
    4. The man who smiled
    5. Sidetracked
    6. The fifth woman
    7. One step behind
    8. Firewall
    9. The pyramid
    10. Before the frost (first Linda Wallander book)
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    By Jon E
    Format:Paperback
    "Sidetracked" is the fifth novel in Henning Mankell's best-selling Wallender series and also one of the most acclaimed. Although it clocks in at just over 500 pages, it's nevertheless a breezy, page-turning read from Mankell, who seemed to have fully hit his stride with the dogged detective by the time this was first published in 1995.

    The story begins with two devastating events that rip into the tranquil midsummer reverie of Skane in southern Sweden. The first, the suicide of a girl who burns herself to death in a field of rape, is actually witnessed by Wallender himself and will haunt him through the rest of the story. The second is the brutal slaying and scalping of a former government minister that sends shockwaves through a country that is distracting itself with Sweden's progress in the World Cup Finals. It's not clear if or how these two events are linked, but when a second prominent citizen is murdered in a similar manner it becomes clear, at least, that a serial killer is at large, plunging Wallender and his team into a race against time to stop him killing again.

    As ever in this series, Mankell's attention to the details of the police procedural are quite mesmerising, and by now he has effortlessly mastered the art of weaving into the narrative the ongoing dramas and trivialities of Wallender's personal life without skipping a beat. In fact, this is a supremely well-paced novel, building to a crescendo of tension that is enhanced rather than diminished by the fact that we know the identity of the killer from a fairly early stage.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars The Swedish tv script adaptations are so much better.
    I don't know why I continue to read these novels. I found the plot of this particular book clumsy in the extreme, with plot developments fizzling out as if the author got cold feet... Read more
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    Enjoyed it as much as the rest I have read so far, typical Wallander story, but loses nothing for that.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Another great story and with many twists and turns
    Another great story and with many twists and turns. Look forward to seeing how his relationship with Biaba develops given his occasional mood swings.
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