Sidetracked: Kurt Wallander Paperback – 9 Oct 2008
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"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around. Highly recommended" (Observer)
"Inspector Wallander has touches of Dexter's Inspector Morse about him, while remaining an original and highly likeable creation" (The Times)
"Wallander is among the very best of fictional crimebusters" (Daily Telegraph)
"Mankell is in the first division of crime writing" (The Times)
"Mankell could turn you to crime" (Daily Telegraph)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
1. Faceless killers
2. The dogs of Riga
3. The white lioness
4. The man who smiled
6. The fifth woman
7. One step behind
9. The pyramid
10. Before the frost (first Linda Wallander 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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm sure it will be brilliant still reading the white lioness , can wait to start itPublished 2 months ago by B. Robinson
Mankell takes a genre that, on the whole, had become staid and predictable and remastered it to perfection. Read morePublished 3 months ago by THOMAS FRAIL
This is second time I've read this (bought again by mistake) but still enjoyed it. Even though we know from the start who the murderer was, still suspenseful.Published 3 months ago by G78
I haven't finished it yet, but it its get me engrossed throughout. I look forward to reading the next one.Published 3 months ago by Sylvia Thomas