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The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries (Kurt Wallander #9)

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Filling in the missing pieces of the internationally bestselling Kurt Wallander mystery series, The Pyramid tells the story of Wallander's beginnings through five gripping short mysteries.
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published September 22nd 2008 by New Press, The (first published 1999)
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Jeffrey Keeten
"Wallander woke up shortly after six o'clock on the morning of the eleventh of December. At the same moment that he opened his eyes, his alarm clock went off. He turned it off and lay staring out into the dark. Stretched his arms and legs, spread his fingers and toes. That had become a habit, to feel if the night had left him with any aches. He swallowed in order to check if any infection had sneaked into his respiratory system. He wondered sometimes if he was slowly becoming a hypochondriac."

Mal Warwick
Jan 02, 2011 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it
What is it about Swedish mystery writers?

First (at least in my consciousness) there were the ten Martin Beck police procedurals of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, published from 1965 to 1975. Now we flock to bookstores and movie theaters to enter the world of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist, who sprang from the mind of the late Stieg Larsson in the captivating form of the Millennium Trilogy.

In between there was Kurt Wallender, the moody small-town police inspector created by another masterful
I am closing in on the end of my time with Kurt Wallander -- only a couple of books to go after this -- and I am a little sad to be saying goodbye to the depressing Swedish cop. As Mankell says, "It is the fans who will miss Wallander." Just so.

This volume is a nice beginning of the end for me. A stack of stories that span Wallander's career and give some fantastic insights into his character. It has the added benefit of being the perfect book for a vacation trip: five self-contained mysteries,
Mar 19, 2010 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurt Wallander isn't just my favorite fictional detective. He's one of my favorite characters from any book. When I finished Before the Frost a few years ago, my heart sank at the realization that there was no more Wallander available. I missed his company. I missed hanging out at the Ystad police station with him, drinking endless cups of coffee, having meeting after meeting with colleagues in which the facts of a case are pored over yet again, in the hopes that this time, something new will be ...more
May 12, 2011 John rated it really liked it
The PBS series starring Kenneth Brannagh got me interested in Wallander, but reading this book really got me hooked. This seemed like a great place to start, as the stories fill in some of the gaps in Wallander's career as a rookie cop, and then later working his way up the ranks. On that score, there seems to be a pretty big temporal leap from "rookie" Wallender to the nearly fully realized one, but I guess an author can only write the stories he's inspired to write. As much or more as they fil ...more
Marsena Adams-Dufresne
Jul 22, 2009 Marsena Adams-Dufresne rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I am loathe to give this book only two stars because Henning Mankell is one of my favorite mystery authors and I eagerly await new installments (i.e., translations) with his character, Kurt Wallander. (How thrilling to discover a PBS Mystery series of Wallander, played by Kenneth Brannaugh!)

This book includes four stories that go back to the beginning of Wallander's career as an investigator, supposedly fleshing out those experiences that the other books only allude to. But I keep thinking that
Oct 26, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing

THE PYRAMID is a collection of 5 short mysteries by which Henning Mankell introduces us to Kurt Wallender when he is a 21 year-old patrolman investigating the first homicide of his career. In a foreward, Mankell explains that he has received many inquires over the years about what happened to Wallender in the years before he receives the phone call the begins the first book in the series, FACELESS KILLERS. Mankell acknowledges that there have been inconsistencies in Wallender’s story as it stret
Dec 23, 2008 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
Henning Mankell is one of my favourite crime authors. His Wallander novels are darkly atmospheric, with a bleakness that is somehow compelling.

The Pyramid is a collection of short stories written mainly in the late nineties. They fill in some of the earlier points of Wallander's career, starting with his time as a young policeman in the late sixties, and his very first case as a detective.

I think perhaps Mankell's techniques of plot revelation work better in a longer form - I found that the paci
Oct 09, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Göran Tunhammar
A rather unnecessary book - five stories that constitute a prequel to the Wallander series, beginning when Kurt is just a lad starting out on the police force in the 60s and not yet married to malcontent hairdresser Mona. Apparently there was a great hue and cry from Mankell fans, in the form of letters, wanting to know what had happened to Wallander before the series began. (Personally I never wondered. It was enough for me to believe that the divorced 40-something curmudgeon sprang fully grown ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok
disappointing...though I'm a Wallander fan, these stories which follow Wallender's early career (written later) seemed mechanical, uninspired, the prose flat and unadorned. Some stories were better than others (wish I could remember which now). Mankell does better with novel-length mysteries than with stories I think. Just skip to the novels*. They vary in quality, but are generally much more absorbing and fun reads.

*I'm referring here to his procedural detective novels, the Wallander books, not
عبدالعزيز المحيني
رواية بوليسية ساذجة.. مكشوفة.. غير منظمة.. ترجمتها غاية في السوء.
Oct 26, 2016 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Well this is truly an exception to my usual preferences. I ordinarily rather disdain the short story, like the novella much more than most, and dislike the most verbose of 90 adjectives a paragraph "lyrical" tomes of 500 plus pages. But here, not so much. In fact, I thought the 4 short stories were a full 4 and that the Pyramid length of fuller length was a 3.

And thinking about this at length (I finished all these on a 7 day trip and never reviewed them)- I do realize that with Wallander on the
Jag har bara läst en Wallender bok innan dessa, alltså Mördare Utan Ansikte. Jag tror den är första boken i serien. Jag känner inte till Wallender så bra som detektivfigur, och han är fortfarande lite vag för mig. Med denna boken har jag fått läsa om hans förflutna, från början när han bara var tjugo-något och enkel polismupp i Ystad, framtills han är fyrtio-något och ordentlig detektiv... kommisionaire eller vad status heter. Jag är lite glömsk med vissa detaljer. På sätt och vis var det intres ...more
Derek Baldwin
Jul 28, 2011 Derek Baldwin rated it liked it
I've grown very fond of the two TV series of Wallander with Krister Henriksson but hadn't read any of the novels. In a way these stories/novellas, written after the novels but set before them, are probably a pretty good place to start. Exploring some episodes in KW's early career, and his relationships with his father, wife, and daughter, none of the stories outstays their welcome. The last one, The Pyramid, is the longest and the best one. Even in the shortest stories I find the minute details ...more
Myer Kutz
Feb 20, 2013 Myer Kutz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book contains five stories, which set the stage for the Wallander novels, which I've thoroughly enjoyed, even with Mankell's constant tics (Wallender's father's paintings, etc.) The stories here, which follow wallander from his early twenties to around forty, are eminently readable - I eagerly went from one to the next and finished the book quickly. Wallender is a fully realized character, a ratheer downbeat one, to be sure. Maybe that's due to the weather: spring always seems to arrive late ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Cynthia rated it really liked it
I confess to having only read the first two of the five stories in this book. They're tightly written, intelligent and have intelligent psychology but I found them kind of grim and austere so I didn't finish the book. This set of stories is, I guess, a prequel to the Kurt Wallander series. I think I would find them less depressing if Wallander didn't spend so much time fighting with his wife and brooding over their cruddy relationship. I am probably more aware of this dynamic than other Wallande ...more
Novellas and short stories that take Wallander from the late '60s to the beginning of the case in the first book about him (that last paragraphs have him receiving the call about two elderly people dead in their farmhouse). If you're a fan of the series, you will absolutely want to read this. If you haven't read the novels, starting here would launch you into the series very well.
Jul 04, 2016 Varun rated it really liked it
The book has 5 stories of varying lengths that capture 5 different cases of Wallander's career starting with when he was a young cop wanting to be a criminal investigator in the late 60's to the Pyramid in Dec 1989 and January 1990. The stories itself are engrossing and well written. Of the 5 stories, the Pyramid was my favorite. I think in fact the Mankell could have written another 100 pages of it if he wanted and made another novel out of it(which he did not of course).

I liked the way the cha
Oct 17, 2012 Eugene rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
There are 5 stories in this book. Longer short stories? Long stories. I'm not sure what to call them. Chronologically, they occur prior to the novels and they include Wallander's first case, when he was a uniformed officer who wanted to be a detective.

Although the stories are about a younger man, they are unmistakably Wallander stories. He's cranky, absent-minded, moody. He means well but he doesn't always behave well. He worries a lot. He takes unnecessary personal risks. He knows he shouldn't
Mankell, Hennng. THE PYRAMID. (1999; this trans. 2008). ***. Most readers have a problem with fiction that doesn’t have the usual flow of a beginning, a middle, and an end. This is why fans clamor for more and more information about the early life of a character – the influences and events that shaped a character that suddenly appears before them in whole cloth. It isn’t clear whether the stories in this collection were previously published or were made to order to satisfy fan demand, but here t ...more
Da dieses Buch chronologisch vor den anderen kommt, habe ich dieses nun auch zuerst gelesen. Mein erster Mankell also.
Er ist hier erst 21 Jahre alt, und am Beginn des Buches noch Ordnungspolizist, der aber durch Zufall bei den Ermittlungen für einen Kriminalfall miteinbezogen wird. Er war es nämlich, der die Leiche entdeckt hat.
Im Buch werden mehrere Fälle erzählt, zwischen denen manchmal Jahre liegen. Auch wenn ich normalerweise einen kompletten Roman Kurzgeschichten vorziehe, fand ich dieses
Sep 11, 2014 Shari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wallander as young policeman, in love and unsure of himself, leads off this collection of four short stories and one novelette. We learn to know Rydberg and we learn about Wallander's relationship with Mona. His habit of knowing something he can't quite see clearly was established in the beginning. His self-doubt, his confusions about his father, the love he has for Linda and his concerns for her, all of these things we get to see develop.

The crime stories are in some ways just bare bones. They
Feb 01, 2009 Nick rated it liked it
I picked this book up at my friends Larry and Gayles, fellow mystery lovers, and lovers of Kurt Wallender. This is the "prequel" to the long and glorious series of KW mysteries that take place primarily in Skane, southern Sweden, the spiritual inheritor to the Sjowall mysteries of a few decades back. In the forward Henning Mankell claims that he was led to write these because KW series starts when our hero is in his 40s, begging the question of how he wound up that way. I presume he back-wrote t ...more
Ruthanne Davis
Sep 08, 2014 Ruthanne Davis rated it really liked it
I first heard of and became a Henning Mankell and Wallander fan because of the PBS series starring Kenneth Branaugh. As good as that one was, I was then fortunate to see the original Swedish t.v. series which portrayed the often-depressed and socially discomforted Wallander even more accurately.
So it was such a priviledge to start my reading of the series with THE PYRAMID, a collection of five novelettes that begin when our hero was a young rookie policeman in the little town of Ystad.
Well writt
Jan 29, 2012 Andrew rated it it was ok
These five short tales appeared last in the Wallander series but are chronologically first, making for a belated introduction of the character. There are no major surprises here - Wallander was ever unhealthy and overworked - and no changes to Mankell's method. Using his almost staccato timeline approach, things moving always compellingly forward, the stories never really catch as bona fide mysteries. The resolutions are always due to intuitions of Wallander's that are not really prepared by the ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Alisonpaddock rated it really liked it
I certainly agree with the reader who called this book "austere". I had read other, later, Wallander stories and was interested in how he got started as a detective. It seems almost as if Kurt became a detective by accident - a beat cop who is caught up in the mystery surrounding a neighbor's death,

I don't know if the landscape fashions the personality of the character or not, but Wallander seems almost Man stripped to the essentials. He has his work, he occasionally has encounters with his wor
Dec 19, 2009 Yngvild rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, detective
The Pyramid was a disappointment for a long-standing fan of the fictional Swedish detective. I am used to Henning Mankell’s writing being rather uneven, but the Detective Wallander stories set in Sweden have been reliable until now. I simply lose him when he moves the setting to Africa.

The book is apparently a collection of bits and bobs lying around on the writer’s desk – and, in fact, he pretty much says that in the foreword. The problem is that no one piece scores as a standalone short story
Sarah ~
Sep 20, 2014 Sarah ~ rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime, 2014, ebook
في العام 2012 وقعت في غرام الأدب الإسكندينافي تعرفت على كتاب مثل ( ستيغ لارسن وجو نيسبو وأرنالدور أندريداسون ) والوحيد الذي لم استطع اكمال رواية له كان هنينغ مانكل صاحب هذه الرواية حينها حاولت قراءة روايته قاتل بلا وجه ( والتي لم تكن محاولة قراءتها تجربة سارة ، فقد كانت مملة بشكل لا يمكن معه اكمال قراءتها ) ..

وها أنا اليوم وجها لوجه مع رواية أخرى له ..
والتي كانت جيدة .. قد لا يعجبني البطل فهو ممل قليلا هنا أيضاً ، ولكن القصة كانت مثيرة للإهتمام منذ البداية حيث بدأت بسقوط طائرة تطير بشكل غير قانو
Nov 15, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
A collection of stories about Wallander, the main character in many of Henning Mankell's novels. These take place when Wallander is still a patrolman and when he first became a detective. I enjoyed the stories even more than the novels. I felt closer to Wallander; it was interesting to learn along with him how to proceed in an investigation and what line of thought to follow. I went to bed in the middle of one story and spent much of the night lying awake trying to work out who had killed the ph ...more
Araz Goran
Jan 30, 2015 Araz Goran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
يعتبر هينغ مانكل من ابرز كتاب الادب البوليسي..
هذا الادب الاسكندينافي الذي له اسلوب خاص ومعالجة واقعية وطريقة وجرائم غير تقليدية وطرق غير متداولة في ايجاد خيوط الجريمة..
رواية (خيوط الهرم) استمتعت بها كثيراً، يعتمد للكاتب على اسلوب التحري فقط دون اللجوء الى رصد نفسية والتعريف بالمتهمين.. الأحداث ترتكز على المفتش (فالندور) الذي يقوم بمساعدة رجال الشرطة والمحققين للتوصل الى سلسلة احداث ثم جريمة قتل عجوزتين،، ثم قتل المشتبه به الاول.. قد يسود بعض الملل خلال قراءة الرواية ولذلك لسرد بعض التفاصيل من ح
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Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell split his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He was married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.
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Other Books in the Series

Kurt Wallander (10 books)
  • Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander, #1)
  • The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander, #2)
  • The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander, #3)
  • The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander, #4)
  • Sidetracked (Kurt Wallander, #5)
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