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One Step Behind (Kurt Wallander #7)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  9,512 ratings  ·  466 reviews
Sixth in the Kurt Wallander series.

On Midsummer’s Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in eighteenth-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander’s most trusted colleagues–someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime–also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a w
Paperback, 440 pages
Published January 14th 2003 by Vintage (first published 1997)
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There's something to be said for knowing the answer to a mystery while you're reading a mystery. I watched the first season of Wallander, of which One Step Behind was the last episode, before ever cracking a Wallander book, yet it didn't hurt my experience reading the book. Henning Mankell did that quite well on his own (but more on that later).

When the book opened, and Wallander's colleague, Svedberg, was found murdered in his flat, I was thrilled with knowing who the killer was and how the kil
Lars Guthrie
When I read the works of one author, and more emphatically when I read a series by one author, I feel that I almost go further than just the reciprocal relationship between text and reader outlined by Louise Rosenblatt in her transactional theory of literature. With Mankell (and also recently with the twelve volume 'Dance to the Music of Time' by Anthony Powell), it's as if I am in a dialogue with the author. I know that's impossible; the books have already been written. But my reaction to the f ...more
The tension and the depth of the plot from each book become more and more interesting. In this we find Wallander looking for the killer of a fellow detective who was looking for three missing students. Simple yet terribly complicated and dark. Wallander's private life is the back bones of the series. We see him struggling with health problems, his emotional ups and downs. The plot keeps you reading but Wallander's personal turmoils makes you turn the pages faster.
One Step Behind was my second Henning Mankell novel about Swedish policeman Kurt Wallander, and like Sidetracked, the first Wallander novel I read, I wanted to like it more than I did. One Step Behind concerns the investigation into the murder of a policeman, one of Wallander’s colleagues, who was himself involved in a secret investigation of a crime that no one else believed had been committed. How Wallander manages to catch the criminal despite constantly being “one step behind” forms the myst ...more
Donald Gallinger
Henning Mankel has proved himself to be a wonderful crime novelist. His books create a wonderful sense of atmosphere along with razor sharp plotting. The great pleasure in reading Mankell is the social commentary on Sweden's changing society. His fiction is at least as much about evolving mores in Swedish culture as it is about the classic "who done its."
In this edition, Wallander is ill but can't/won't stop to take care of himself. This installment brings out some secrets about one of Wallander's co-workers and a serial killer with little to no reason for his actions is caught...eventually. The recurring thought that I had while reading this was that, while this was written in the 90s, the social issues reflected in Sweden then seem to be coming to pass here in the States. A man killing serially for no other reason than he didn't want to see 'h ...more

Mankell ist mit diesem Buch ein ganz großer Wurf gelungen. Einerseits steht Kurt Wallander, der irgendwie liebenswerte und gleichzeitig unerträgliche aber immer 100% einsatzbereite Polizist. Fast ist man versucht zu sagen, wie üblich steckt Wallander in seiner Midlife Crisis. Und wie üblich steht er einem Verbrechen gegenüber, das eigentlich über Wallanders Grenzen hinausgeht.

Wer Mankells Wallanderreihe kennt, weiß dass dieses Strickmuster zwar immer wiederkehrt, dass die Bücher d
Bill Krieger
Wow. This is a must read for all Wallander-philes. The plot is very good. Even better though, Wallander is a mess. He has health problems, his father died in the last book, he doesn't have a girlfriend, his ex-wife is getting remarried, and his confidence is completely shot. It's classic, wonderful Wallander. Ups and downs and dog tired through a difficult case, it's just a lot of fun to follow along.

One of my favorite scenes is when Wallander learns that one of his coworkers considers Wallander
Kurt Wallander - He works tirelessly, eats badly and drinks the nights away in a lonely, neglected flat. Still, he tackles some pretty incredible cases --

Here are the titles in the series (with a few extras) -

Faceless Killers
Dogs Of Riga
White Lioness
The Man Who Smiled
The Fifth Woman
One Step Behind
Return Of The Dancing Master (a Stefan Lindman mystery)
Before The Frost (actually a “Linda Wallander” mystery)

An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely
Deborah Moulton
Kurt Wallender finally turns a corner in this book. It feels like he has worked through the anger and bewilderment of the societal changes in Sweden and come out on the other side: more accepting of the changes and turning his attention to the more practical aspects of tackling what is before him now. He looks at some changes, notably women integrating into the police force in detective and managing roles, and sees all that has been gained, not what has been lost.

It is a better time in his life
This turned out to be one of my favorite Kurt Wallander books. It had an intricate plot, lots of murder, lots of talk of how violent Sweden is becoming(compared to the US, it's laughable), angst on the part of Wallander and murder - oh, did I mention that?
I like it when Wallander travels all over Sweden to look for clues. Trouble usually follows him, like when he went to the island to find a witness and she got murdered while he was upstairs asleep. Poor Wallander, he just couldn't seem to catch
An excellent Kurt Wallander mystery with deep underlying themes questioning the fall of democracy in Sweden due in part to the brutal and senseless crimes. The Ystad police force seems unable to cope with the growing crime rate nor do they have the staff or advance technology to quickly track down the killers. Swedish society is changing but not in a good way. Wallander once again doggedly pursues a killer who carefully selects victims. But how does he pick his victims and what are their connect ...more
Henning Mankell is a excellent writer so much so that this is the seventh book in the Kurt Wallander series that I’ve read. His series are a wonderful blend of plot and character. The detective Kurt Wallander is a character who I’ve really come to know and look forward reading about in every new book - to find out how he is doing and what current case he is working on.

Wallander is an altruistic and flawed character – a detective committed to his work, considered by his peers to be the best of t
I was thinking about this book last night for some reason -- it's been a little while since I finished it. It struck me that the plot relies on a lot of strange details. I don't read a lot of murder mysteries, so maybe this is common.

Of all the characters, Inspector Kurt Wallander is perhaps the most 'normal'. He's overweight, lonely, and intelligent but sometimes unable to connect with others. All the other characters have sordid secrets. The murdered policeman, the circle of unusual teenagers
April's book club selection.

While I thought the plot was fairly interesting, I had a difficult time liking Wallander, the protagonist. I realize that he was in the midst of a huge murder investigation, but I found myself wanting him to take better care of himself, ask better questions, take fewer unnecessary risks, etc. I know he's supposed to be flawed, but I wanted him to be flawed and likeable, not flawed and irritating. Perhaps if I had read previous books in the series and not jumped in at
Swedish detective Kurt Wallander has developed diabetes as he pursues a long, complex case. Six weeks after three college students are shot during a Midsummer's Eve party, Wallander's colleague Svedberg is also found murdered. As more killings follow, with the exhausted, understaffed detectives too late each time to prevent the next crime, Wallender cannot take the time to do anything about his deteriorating health. The tone of the book is dark and reflects a crumbling Swedish society and widesp ...more
Deuxième contact avec le polar suédois pour moi, après avoir été très déçu par la série Millenium (beaucoup de mal à finir le deuxième, le troisième m'est tombé des mains) je me suis risqué de nouveau après avoir découvert les islandais (Arnaldur Indridason).
J'avoue aimer de plus en plus les écrivains nordiques. Il y a chez eux de véritables pépites. Contrairement à la production américaine, (et si on excepte Larson) on ne sent pas le besoin de tirer à la ligne pour faire du volume, mais plutôt
It's such a treat to read a new (to me) book by an author I like and have it live up to my anticipation of it. Mankell's One Step Behind was a perfect nighttime read over the course of the week. Three role-playing young people shot on Midsummer's Eve as they picnicked in a nature preserve, but not found for a month - bodies carefully wrapped and hidden, then carefully arranged in their death poses.

Inspector Kurt Wallander is at his dogged best, worrying the leads and his intuition, side-steppin
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Feb 10, 2014 CëRïSë rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to CëRïSë by: Rachel
I don't always read murder mysteries, but when I do, they're... Swedish?

I recently discovered this book on my bookshelves, and even though I was uncertain of its provenance, it was, unlike its waiting neighbors, fiction, so it won. I had an inkling that Ellen had sent it to me, a hypothesis she confirmed, adding the additional information that she had received it from Leah, who she thought had received it from Rachel. (Now I have to find someone to pass it along to so the chain remains unbroken!
Apr 06, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Max Baucus
I continue to be impressed with Wallander's work ethic. The man is a machine, even in his overweight, diabetic, exhausted, sleep-deprived state. Baiba Leipa is over; she won't move to Ystad. (Can you blame her? Why would she give up that good university job? What is she going to do in Sweden, be a florist?) As is typical with Mankell, the killer's motives make little sense (to the reader). Homosexuality, cross-dressing, and Wallander's colleague Svedberg figure.
Henning Mankell has created a fascinating character in a really compelling series. This particular book filled in a number of blanks in the Wallander legacy. Mankell, in an interview I heard recently, said that when he writes, it's with the knowledge there is extreme violence in this world. Humanity, too, but violence takes the upper hand these days. It may be true, though I hope humanity wins out. Either way, Mankell brings both to his novels, including this one.
Zdeněk Svoboda
Další skvělá. Po Bílé lvici (zatím) nejlepší ze série.
Jack Tilghman
I really enjoy Mankell's Wallander series, and I will probably pick up the eighth book before too long, but I must admit this was my least favorite up til now. Although I still enjoyed it and it was entertaining, everything felt a bit repetitive, as it reminded me a bit too much of the last two works, The Fifth Woman and One Step Behind. Wallander was is still an interesting character who struggles with real problems emotionally and in this book particularly, his health.

One problem I have with
Amit Jain
Usually 9 out of 10 times I do not return back to the same author in crime genre because of their lack of skill as a story teller and that's where Mankell stands apart from the crowd, in his case I have not only returned back 2nd time but in all probability will return back even 3rd time, the way Mankell weaves the story is just amazing and spell bounding, as a reader you are always guessing what's going to happen next and this is what sets the pace of this novel, one seems to be always "One Ste ...more
Nancy Bandusky
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E’ difficile immaginare qualcuno di più scandinavo del gelido serial killer che si aggira in una Svezia medifionale insolitamente calda anche per i mesi estivi mettendo nel proprio mirino le persone felici (più qualche vittima collaterale). Nella sua settima indagine, il commissario Wallander si trova così a inseguire una sorta di ombra sfuggente e solo grazie a una grande tenacia, oltre che a qualche mossa ai limiti dell’incoscienza e ben fuori dal regolamento, riesce infine a venire a capo del ...more
Like the last one in the series, Mankell seems to be improving in his writing. The storyline is intriguing. The suspense carries the reader.

On the down side - Wallander seems so inept at times. What's he doing without his gun? What cop does that? The confrontation toward the ending left me wondering "What was that!?" It was as though the character being confronted fell asleep or a mannequin was being approached. It definitely didn't seem thought out. It was more like the author couldn't figure o
két con
sẽ là xuất sắc nếu như về cuối giữ được cái hấp dẫn xuyên suốt mạch truyện và thỏa đáng hết các vấn đề đã nêu. Đúng cảm giác khi đọc tiểu thuyết trinh thám, mạch nhanh, hồi hộp, bất ngờ, phong phú văn hóa.
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Henning Mankell is an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He is best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell splits his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He is 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 (Wallander #1)
  • The Dogs of Riga (Wallander #2)
  • The White Lioness (Wallander, #3)
  • The Man Who Smiled (Wallander #4)
  • Sidetracked (Wallander #5)
  • The Fifth Woman (Wallander, #6)
  • Firewall (Wallander, #8)
  • The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries (Wallander, #9)
  • The Troubled Man
Faceless Killers (Wallander #1) The Fifth Woman (Wallander, #6) Sidetracked (Wallander #5) The Dogs of Riga (Wallander #2) The Man Who Smiled (Wallander #4)

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“Police work wouldn't be possible without coffee," Wallander said.
"No work would be possible without coffee."
They pondered the importance of coffee in silence.”
“Yo creo que más bien los atrae el saberse en las cercanías de la crueldad , con la tranquilidad de que no es uno el mismo afectado” 1 likes
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