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Der Feind im Schatten (Kurt Wallander #9)

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Hakan von Enke, ehemaliger U-Boot-Kommandant und zukünftiger Schwiegervater von Wallanders Tochter Linda, gewährt dem Kommissar brisante Einblicke in eine politische Affäre: Fremde U-Boote drangen in den achtziger Jahren mehrfach in schwedische Hoheitsgewässer ein, wurden aber nie identifiziert. Von Enke hat dazu jahrelang recherchiert und glaubt sich einer Lösung nahe. Do...more
Hardcover, 590 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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Jessica
Reading this, Henning Mankell's latest and final in the Kurt Wallander series, was like finding myself in a well-known and beloved landscape: Kurt Wallanderland. Mankell is not a great stylist but he has managed to do something remarkable in his creation of Police Detective Wallander. I love this melancholy man. Smart, humane, brooding, somehow both slow and sharp, he is an old and dear friend to me.

I think I've now read all of the Wallander novels. A few of them don't quite work (The Dogs of Ri...more
Anke
Halfway through the book, I find it hard to believe how fast this reads, and how hard I find it to put it down. I have a soft spot for Mankell ever since I saw him talk live (and found that I could well listen for a few more hours) but in some of the Wallander mysteries, I got a bit tired of rants about the political climate in Sweden. This one had only a reasonable amount of that, and I'm enjoying it.


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Finished the book - a bit sad that this is definitely the end of the series, but I...more
Carol
Great read. Kurt Wallander is a wonderful character. So real with his vulnerabilities. His illnesses and his fear of death. He sees himself on a journey he can not turn around from nor can he change the final destination. He lives alone because of his obsession in solving cases leaves no time for anyone else, yet he dreams of a relationship with Baiba a former love interest. In his world he has a daughter and grand-daughter who love him but there is no one else. There is a detective story, a mys...more
Carolyn
This is not a book with which to begin your relationship with Henning Mankell's moody detective, Kurt Wallander. This is a novel purely for those who have formed a connection with Wallander over the many preceding novels. I find Wallander one of the most richly human characters I've encountered in fiction--believably flawed and lonely and morose (perhaps because I am always flawed and sometimes lonely and morose, myself)--and I was a bit saddened, going into this book, knowing that it was to be...more
Lee Goldberg
I won't rehash the plot, others have done a fine job of that. My problem with the book is that Henning Mankell was astonishingly lazy with his plotting. He seems to have made up the plot as he went along, with no clear idea of where he was going or what the solution would be. There's a stunningly inane, unbelievable, and contrived coincidence a third of the way through the book that ultimately ends up being totally unnecessary. I can't understand why Mankell didn't cut it, because it asks for su...more
sosser
i bid a sad farewell to kurt wallander. it's been wonderful eagerly reading thru all of his cases. more than ordinary police procedurals these novels are character driven stories, a look into the deeper issues of the changing social and political side of a modern sweden thru the eyes of a flawed and aging citizen obsessively searching for the truth.
Friederike Knabe
Apparently, The Troubled Man, is Henning Mankell's last book in the Kurt Wallander series. Many of us will miss him as we got to like the often grumpy detective, who has had his own, very individual, ways of following suspects and investigating crime(s). This novel is not necessarily his best detective story, - but then I am not the one to judge, not being very knowledgeable in this genre - yet, in other ways, it makes for a very rewarding read. We learn more about the man, Wallander, who he was...more
Maria João Fernandes
"E é tudo. A história de Kurt Wallander termina irrevogavelmente. Os anos de vida que ainda lhe restam, talvez dez, talvez alguns mais pertencem-lhe, a ele e a Linda, a ele e a Klara. A mais ninguém."

É com estas palavras que termina "Um Homem Inquieto", o 11 º livro que leio do autor sueco Henning Mankell. Foi com um prazer enorme, e alguma tristeza também, que li o último livro da série do incomparável policia de Ystad, Kurt Wallander.

Henning Mankell é, para mim, o melhor escritor, ponto final....more
Roderick Hart
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Alyssa
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Vivienne
I had put off reading the last in the Kurt Wallander series because I really did not want to say goodbye. Yet with the BBC4 transmission of the TV adaptation of the novel I figured the time and come to say goodbye. I appreciated the Cold War elements of the story.

Like many in the series, this is a very slow burning novel as Kurt investigates the disappearance of the parents of his daughter's partner. It is an unofficial case that he slots into his free time and during various holidays. Througho...more
Dorian
A very, very sad book. But a brilliant crime novel, one of the very best I’ve read in ages.

When Mankell is at his best, as he is here, there are two things that I especially love about his work.

The first is the pace: it’s always suspenseful, but it takes its time. Things don’t happen quickly, Wallander has to mull over stuff, usually while he’s doing other things. This book is unusual in that the central crime is not one Wallander is supposed to be solving, so he’s working on a number of other...more
Dalia
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Nancy Oakes
Without giving anything away, pretty much everyone knows by now that The Troubled Man is the last Wallander novel, and once again within the space of a month I'm having to say goodbye to not only a favorite series, but to a favorite character as well. I hate when this happens, but series readers know it's likely inevitable at some point.

"It began with the troubled man," who in this case is Håkan von Enke, retired naval officer, husband of Louise and father of Hans. Hans, as it turns out, is a he...more
Erica
I have read all the Kurt Wallander books in order, and I loved what Henning Mankell did with Kurt in this final book. Kurt has always been a melacholy character, but in this final adventure he has become more like his late father and at times is just a plain old curmudgeon. But I like that his character has developed and in the course of 10 books and 20 Wallander years, of course the character has changed. Linda drove me nuts in some parts of this book, but she is her father's daughter.
I thoroug...more
Abailart
Dreadfully miserable. Given this as a 59th birthday present I soon found that Wallander had just had his 60th, and was contemplating having well and truly passed middle age and now entering the third and final act of this tragedy we call life. Without wanting to give anything away, the book charts his various ailments, accidents, collapses before reaching a wickedly precise and brief paragraph summing up the final decade of the melancholy Swede's life. That aside, he's the Wallander we all know...more
David Colton
Depressing and not a good read if you happen to be a newly retired 62 year old man who has been determined in his life to find a happy ending to all eventualities. Wallander is depressed and depressing and the case he is pursuing is not very interesting for his last case...I could barely finish this book as I simply lost interest in Wallander as well as his case. This was a disappointing end to a brilliant series in a genre so capably handled by the gifted Henning Mankell.
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Σκανδιναβικό αστυνομικό, πικρό, καλογραμμένο, έξυπνα στημένο, ενδιαφέρον.
Θεωρώ τον Μανκελ πολύ καλύτερο από τους υπόλοιπους Σκανδιναβούς που "ξεφύτρωσαν" στην αστυνομική λογοτεχνία, έχουν βάθος οι ήρως του, έχει ενδιαφέρον κι από κοινωνικής πλευράς.
Elizabeth

Difficult to see Wallender turning to his 60's and suffering from problems that are associated with getting older.

I loved the book as I do all Henning Mankell's writings.
Jim Coughenour
Not with a bang but a whimper.
Paul Patterson
I just completed all of Henning Mankell's Wallander novel and it is by far my favorite scando-mysteries series. The last in the series The Troubled Man refers to both the subject of inquiry as well as Kurt Wallander himself. Both plots are jam packed with great character development as well as plot twists but I was most moved by the older Wallander, as he learns the lessons of aging and contemplates his diminished health.

He is humbled as he reviews his life but he displays genuine vulnerability...more
Larry
Kurt Wallander has just turned sixty and isn't taking it well. Already prone to gloominess (he is the gloomiest of the many gloomy Scandinavian detectives), he is convinced that he is losing his memory and, maybe, his mind. His only close connections are with hs dog, Jussi, and his daughter, Linda, also a cop and now a mother. Actually, it's Linda's motherhood, and Wallander's grandfatherhood, that brings a ray of light into Kurt's life. The baby represents hope, just as Wallander's age (and the...more
Bookphile
Wow. Reading this book brought me back to my college days, when I had to drag myself through something I found excruciatingly dull, but that I had to read.

This book's biggest problem was the rampant use of completely irrelevant detail. I mean, why did I need to know that Wallander got about ten stomach aches because he drank too much coffee, or that every time he called someone they had to call him back? The book is painfully, painfully full of dull, boring, useless details like this.

I was reall...more
M.J. Fiori
I'm disappointed. But am I disappointed because mysteries are left mysterious as things come to an end? Because here we have the unknowable and the inevitable? Because Henning has killed some darlings and the dreaded thing has happened?

Of course, the experience of reading a Mankell/Wallender book is this: first thinking how very simple and flimsy, how superficial and impersonal; then being reeled in a bit; then confusion and murkiness and the grand desire for closure, the reading ahead, the rac...more
Karmologyclinic
On The White Lioness, the third book in Wallander series, Mankell created the most depressing first paragraphs in a book. With his last book in the series he creates the most depressing paragraph, or should I say two lines, for a book ending.
And these two pieces of writing share the same qualities. They are so sad because they are realistic, they are probable to happen to you, your friend, your relatives. And both are characteristic to what Mankell does in the crime fiction genre. He brings real...more
Kasa Cotugno
Closing Henning Mankell's The Troubled Man after reading the final page gave me even more of a pang of sadness to that experienced when I closed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. The knowledge that the hours I'd spent with this masterful writer and his creation, Kurt Wallander, were at an end. As with all the previous Wallander novels, this richly plotted final outing has a global reach, and while based in his native Sweden, there is traveling and international intrigue. But this particular...more
Maureen
I agree with several other reviewers that this is not the book to start with the Wallender series. I have read all the previous ones and tried to do so in order. Wallender felt like someone I knew personally, not someone I would always like, sometimes he really is an unlikable character, but someone I would respect and would want to like me. I liked that he is so flawed in so many ways but also so smart and tenacious and hard working. I didn't know that it was Mankell's last Wallender book and s...more
Ann Sloan
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ~Dylan Thomas

After reading all the Kurt Wallander novels, including Before the Frost, A Linda Wallander Mystery, it saddens me that this series is coming to an end. Kurt Wallander is an unrelenting, determined, committed, and very intelligent detective. He is a loner, having divorced and living alone. He has had a few love affairs, but they have all ended unhappily. His f...more
Beth


THE TROUBLED MAN is the tenth and final book in the Kurt Wallender series. Mankell has allowed Wallender to age, to slide even deeper into the melancholy that made Kurt an unusual protagonist.

Kurt is moving into an uncertain old age. On the day he goes to lunch at a place where he is known well, he makes the mistake that changes his life. He takes his service pistol with him and, inexplicably, leaves it at the restaurant. The owner takes it to the police station and, after, a time Wallender plac...more
Dick Gullickson
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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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