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Saying goodbye to a friend,
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This review is from: The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (Kindle Edition)
Well I suppose I should first admit that I am a fan of Mankell's famous Swedish detective, & I have read every book, in chronological order, over the last five years. For those of you who might be put off reading the Wallander books as you've seen the tv versions, please don't be. The dramatised tv & film versions are a vague shadow of the books.
I won't try to comment on 'The Troubled Man' in a way that would earn me a page in a Sunday paper book review, but simply describe it's impact on me.
It will sound strange, but I was reticent about starting to read the last Wallander novel. I think that because the series of Wallander novels have given me so much reading pleasure over the last few years, I was reluctant to reach the end of the line.
However once I turned the first page I found myself in a familiar scenario of not wanting to put the book down, as the progress of the flawed policeman continues to grab my attention. When I read the last page, I found myself incredibly saddened by the final fate that Mankell simply laid out for his detective. I can offer no explanation for my surreal emotion, other than to accept that over the years I have been completely drawn into the character, his strengths, weaknesses and fears.
Trying to be objective, I'm not sure how much I would have enjoyed this finale without understanding Wallander's history, and so my simple recommendation is that you initially read 'Faceless Killers' - the first Wallander novel - to start with, and if you enjoy it, follow the stories from there.
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Initial post: 27 May 2012 23:04:23 BDT
A rather nice review, fitting enough to be included on a page in a Sunday paper book review. Thank you.
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