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The Return Of The Dancing Master [Paperback]

Henning Mankell
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28 May 2009

WINNER OF THE CWA GOLD DAGGER FOR SIDETRACKED

Herbert Molin, a retired police officer, is living alone in a remote cottage in the vast forests of northern Sweden. He has two obsessions: one is the tango and the other is a conviction that he is being hunted, constantly pursued by 'demons'. He has no close friends, no close neighbours, and by the time his body is eventually found, Molin is almost unrecognisable.

Lindman, a police officer on extended sick leave, hears of the death of his former colleague and, to take his mind off his own problems, decides to involve himself in the case. What he discovers, to his horror and disbelief, is a network of evil almost unimaginable in this remote district, and one which seems impossible to link to Molin's death.


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099541882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099541882
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Absorbing, chilling and dripping with evil atmosphere" (The Times)

"Mankell is the master of the slow burn, and The Return of the Dancing Master makes us crave more of his misty, haunted atmosphere" (Independent)

"A worthy successor to the Wallander whodunnits" (Sunday Telegraph)

"The new cast is introduced with customary brilliance, and the political edge suggests a fine new direction from this immense talent" (Scotland on Sunday)

"Compelling...there's no one better at the genre... His characters are his greatest invention" (San Francisco Chronicle)

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'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

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you go into the woods today... 4 Nov 2003
By The Man from the Ministry TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I wasn't overjoyed when I discovered that Mankell's latest novel doesn't feature Inspector Kurt Wallander, but within a couple of chapters I'd forgotten all about Ystad's favourite detective and become fully engrossed in the dark forests of northern Sweden. Apart from Mankell's gripping plots - and this one is as good as any - it is his sense of place that makes his novels so compelling. I don't normally read crime fiction, but like writers like Henning Mankell and Ian Rankin because their well-written, intelligent novels transcend the genre. Prepare to be bleary-eyed in the morning, because this novel is very hard to put down.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I don't know what it is that has suddenly caused this rise in recognition of foreign writers, but it can only be a good thing. Jose Carlos Somoza, Boris Akunin, Karin Fossum, Carlo Lucarelli, and the Dark Wintry King of them all, Henning Mankell, who is increasingly a phenomena. His books fly off the shelves on mainland Europe, he's mobbed in the streets in his native Sweden, in Germany he apparently outsells J.K. Rowling (it's about time someone did), and half-Swedish Ruth Rendell has taken the trouble to read all the novels in their original language, admiring the fascinating procedural detail, which is just one of Mankell's strengths. He never shies from portraying the dull of aspects of routine police-work, but somehow manages to put such a spin on them as to make them interesting. And although The Return of the Dancing Master is a departure from his ever-better Kurt Wallander series - although it may as well not be, for how similar and ominously gloomy the two different protagonists are, it is just as excellent, and probably even better.
Retired policeman Herbert Molin lives a hermetic existence in a lonely house in the middle of a North-Sweden forest. Whatever he's hiding from, he's eluded it for 11 years, occupying himself with his fears, his jigsaw puzzles, and his dancing. Then, one day he is found beaten and lashed, lying dead in the snow on the edge of the wood. In his house, bloody footprints pattern the floor, marking out the steps of his favourite dance, the tango.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps his best yet - absolutely gripping 26 April 2004
By Androo TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
After so many Wallander novels, I wasn't sure I was going to like readingabout another detective, but you soon get to like Stefan Lindman who goesnorth to think about his mortality after being diagnosed with cancer andat the same time gets more involved in a murder investigation than heintends to.
This novel has all the usual Mankell hallmarks: grislymurders, down to earth detectives, and the landscape of Sweden.
The plot will keep you guessing until the very end. There are plenty ofblind alleys and a whole series of clues that only add together at thelast minute.
As usual, the plot gathers speed dramatically near theend, so you'll need to prepare a little time because once that happens,you won't be able to put it down.
The only mild disappointment is that the character of Lindman's girlfriendis rather underdeveloped, but it's fairly typical of Mankell toconcentrate heavily on his main character.
Overall, one of the best Henning Mankell novels I've read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Dancing Master 3 Feb 2009
By Joan M
Format:Paperback
Having been introduced to Henning Mankell by the BBC dramatization of some of his books, I wanted to experience his writing and was not disappointed. In my opinion a book always beats a film interpretation of a well constructed book and this is no exception. Great atmosphere and psychology of country and people is created by skilful and restrained use of language. I have now bought several more of the Wallander books and am waiting for an opportunity to get started on them.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - dark, mordant and seductive 3 April 2004
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I don't know what it is that has suddenly caused this rise in recognition of foreign writers, but it can only be a good thing. Jose Carlos Somoza, Boris Akunin, Karin Fossum, Carlo Lucarelli, and the Dark Wintry King of them all, Henning Mankell, who is increasingly a phenomena. His books fly off the shelves on mainland Europe, he's mobbed in the streets in his native Sweden, in Germany he apparently outsells J.K. Rowling (it's about time someone did), and half-Swedish Ruth Rendell has taken the trouble to read all the novels in their original language, admiring the fascinating procedural detail, which is just one of Mankell's strengths. He never shies from portraying the dull of aspects of routine police-work, but somehow manages to put such a spin on them as to make them interesting. And although The Return of the Dancing Master is a departure from his ever-better Kurt Wallander series - although it may as well not be, for how similar and ominously gloomy the two different protagonists are, it is just as excellent, and probably even better.
Retired policeman Herbert Molin lives a hermetic existence in a lonely house in the middle of a North-Sweden forest. Whatever he's hiding from, he's eluded it for 11 years, occupying himself with his fears, his jigsaw puzzles, and his dancing. Then, one day he is found beaten and lashed, lying dead in the snow on the edge of the wood. In his house, bloody footprints pattern the floor, marking out the steps of his favourite dance, the tango.
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Published 5 days ago by DurhamMum
5.0 out of 5 stars I found it difficult to leave this book down. ...
I found it difficult to leave this book down. The chase has so many twists and turns it impels the reader to keep going. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Ms. E. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
An experiment if sorts for me .... I like Mankell ... but had only read Wallander previously. This was a very good thriller (I should have expected it). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laurie S. (Australia)
5.0 out of 5 stars Lindman's journey past and present
Lindman makes an existentialist tour to find himself after his discovery about his father. At the same time he is struggling to accept his cancer whilst his relationship with Elena... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jane Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars the best mankell novel
i have just reread this book after a few years and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mojo
4.0 out of 5 stars well written and plotted
Great at setting the scene,felt the cold stark isolated scenes.
A good plot ,interesting twists and turns.
I like books where you are inside the main character's head. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BrendaB
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful - 4+
Henning Mankell close to his crime writing best with this one. Lovely serpentine plot and great characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Blue in Washington
2.0 out of 5 stars Second-rate Mankell
Very disappointing,.characterisation of people involved was for this author unconvincing.A long way short of his usual sharp defining introductions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by walter daisley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot
The plot keeps you gripped right until the end, but the quality of the writing and the depth of the characters make it a great read.
Published 4 months ago by AndyH
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