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3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough but not even near his best, 19 Feb. 2006
This review is from: The Man Who Smiled: Kurt Wallander (Paperback)
Kurt Wallender is one of my favourite literary detectives and I really enjoy the gloomy Scandinavian world Henning Mankell evokes so effectively. I did have a couple of gripes about this one though - the first is not Mankell's fault - I really don't understand quite why his publishers have brought his titles out in the UK out of sequence. I'd just got used to Wallender's daughter having joined the force, and various other little bits of Wallender's life (finishing with Baiba, his father dying, etc) and suddenly we have a 'new' book that predates the action of the last one I read. OK, maybe this is a slightly nerdish complaint. But actually, my main gripe is that Mankell has stepped too far into the implausible. The main thrust of the action is that a very prominent, super-rich man is actually a multiple murderer. I'm not giving anything away here as this is made apparent at the very start of the book. BUT Mankell never really paints a psychologically convincing portrait of the villain - you really don't get much of a motive and the plot is awfully full of holes. Now I'm as fond of conspiracy theories as the next person - but the range of nefarious doings of this individual was just too bizarre and extreme for me, and certainly totally outlandish for remote Malmo. I ended up feeling quite irritated with the book by its end. Mind you - I still couldn't put it down.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2011 12:12:22 GMT
I found Adrian Weston's review very helpful. I do not think that his comments are nerdish. I feel exactly the same. I realise that the British publishers are publishing Henning Mankell's novels out of chronological order and that puts me in a dilemma. I want to read them in chronological order. I've read "Before the Frost" when Linda joins the Ystad police and I want to continue until I've read all the Wallander novels. HELP
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