The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander #4)
During a visit to Denmark, he is visited by Sten Torstensson, an old friend, now practicing lawyer in his father's firm. His father had been recently found dead in an "accident". Kurt declines his request to investigate the matter deeper.
Returning to Sweden, he finds an obit...more
Henning Mankell kann es besser als er es in diesem Werk vermuten lässt. Die Story in diesem Buch ist an sich sehr gut. Ein toter Anwalt und noch ein toter Anwalt und dann geht es bald richtig zur Sache. Hinter all dem steckt der "Mann der lächelt", ein gevifter und mächtiger Geschäftsmann, der praktisch unantastbar erscheint.
Verglichen mit "Die weiße Löwin" und "Mittsommermord" ist jedoch die Erzählung sehr flach. Das Buch hat sich auch ein besseres Ende ver...more
The son is correct, his father had been murdered, though it was made...more
Nadat hij een man gedood had in “De witte leeuwin”, raakt Kurt Wallander van de recherche in het Zuid-Zweedse Ystad in een diepe depressie door schaamte en schuld. Hij is al meer dan een jaar met ziekteverlof. Hij probeert weer te herstellen op het strand van het Deense Skagen. Hij heeft juist besloten om de politie te...more
In The Man Who Smiled, Wallander can’t come to grips with the fact that he kille...more
Henning Mankell es un escritor sueco que ha escrito muchas cosas, pero al que se conoce principalmente por la saga policíaca de Kurt Wallander. Éste en concreto es el cuarto título de la serie. Los tres primeros son Asesinos sin rostro, Los perros de Riga y La leona blanca (creo que hay edición de bolsillo de todos ellos).
Kurt Wallander es un poli municipal, para que nos entendamos. Es el segundo de a bordo de la comisaría de Ystad, en Escania (la zona sur de Suecia). A juzgar por lo que se saca...more
Here in #4, Mankell gave us a map of all the places he's been writing about: Ystad, Malmo, Loderup, etc. Excellent.
And the dry, straight-faced dialog is great... here's Wallander discussing the case with crusty Nyberg. He he.
"You were also right in thinking it was a sort of cooler. But it's...more
1. The pacing is slow, and the book bogs down a bit in the middle.
2. The mystery at the heart of the book is suspected financial crime by the principal of a large and secretive complex of businesses. The murder of several people, and the attempted murder of a couple of others, trigger the police investigation and appa...more
Wallander is on sick leave after accidentally killing a man on duty, walking on a beach in Denmark, when a friend of his comes to ask for help. He suspects the death of his dad was not an accident. A few days later that friend is killed, and Wallander makes his decision to return to work to find justice for his friend, to find out who killed him, and what really happened to the father of his friend. Before long, the secret...more
The problem with the book s...more
Wallander is depressed cause he shot a crim and still has relationship problems with his father - which is just layed on as a break from the investigation to show that he has problems outside work.
Is he coming back into the police after his bout with depression and hard drinking. Yes he is and on day one - he is given the case of a father and son pair of solicitors who are murdered. And he is welcomed back as a returning hero.
For a crime book - this contains no red...more
If the overall plot isn't completely preposterous, just like the previous novels, t...more
Here we have a story about a detective, Kurt Wallander, who has come out of retirement to solve the mysterious death and apparent murder of two local attorneys. I'm just going to stop right here and say that the reason he goes into retirement is because he's conflicted over killing some criminal in a face off I assume took place in a pre...more
Kurt Wallander is fierce and soft. He has a gruff exterior but is very sensitive and soulful - which is a big reas...more
Più che gialli i libri di Mankell sono romanzi sulla vita, sul modo di essere degli scandinavi. Mi ha colpita una frase di Wallander riguardante il mestiere di pittore del padre:
"In quante case, su quante pareti poteva essere appeso quel quadro con o senza gallo cedrone e con un sole che non tramontav...more
This is the 4th Wallander book and it is the best so far in the series. That's not saying a whole lot as the first 3 were not that flash and to be honest I'm surprised that I've continued to read them. But I kind of enjoyed this one, the storyline was ok and the introduction of Hoglund mix...more
Mankell splits his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He is married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.