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Lo Härjedalen, nel nord della Svezia, è una terra di foreste sterminate, i cui lunghi inverni sono a stento rischiarati dal bagliore della neve. È qui, in un casolare sperduto, che Herbert Molin, ex poliziotto in pensione, decide di ritirarsi. E qui, un brutale assassino lo raggiunge per accompagnarlo in un ultimo, terribile ballo con la morte. Quando la polizia arriva sul ...more
Paperback, Farfalle, 491 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Marsilio (first published 2000)
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Maria João Fernandes
Stefan Lindman é mais novo que Kurt Wallander, mas as semelhanças entre os dois policias são imensas. Ambos são pensativos, obstinados e quase obsessivos na perseguição dos seus objetivos e intuição. Acima de tudo, são dois homens cansados do mundo. Enquanto Wallander sofre de diabetes e excesso de peso, é diagnosticado a Lindman, logo no inicio do livro, cancro da língua.

E é durante a baixa por doença, três semanas antes de começar o tratamento ao cancro, que Lindman se envolve numa investigaç
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Ginny_1807
"Che noia, che barba, che barba, che noia!"(bis)
Mi sto arrendendo di fronte all'evidenza che Henning Mankell non sia uno scrittore adatto a me.
Con o senza Wallander, non cambia nulla.
Non dico che manchi di inventiva, perché alcuni spunti sono addirittura geniali, come in questo caso i passi di danza sul luogo del delitto.
Purtroppo però questi colpi di genio non vengono sfruttati in modo convincente, né inseriti in un contesto altrettanto originale e trascinante; restano semplici promesse nell'a
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Carol
Apr 28, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mankell's novel is an indictment of the rise of hate groups in modern Sweden where xenophobic groups like Strong Sweden and other neo-Nazi organizations promote their racial hatred towards others. One can almost feel the cold snow and the isolation of Sweden in this well written novel of murder, suspense and careful police detection.

The Return of the Dancing Master is bleak, yes, but it is fascinating and chilling, with the traditional flawed-hero, and it is refreshingly unformulaic. The plot is
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Brad
As a big fan of Henning Mankell's Wallander series, I had high hopes for this story on the periphery of Wallander's Sweden, since it is one of Mankell's highest profile non-Wallander books, but while it was okay, I found myself mostly annoyed.

My annoyance was easy to pin down. Mankell is wearing his politics like a big old Groucho Marx nose on this one. It's not that I disagree with his politics. I don't. But there was a complete and utter lack of subtlety in his anti-Nazi, anti-neo-Fascist dia
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Ann Sloan
Apr 28, 2013 Ann Sloan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Return of the Dancing Master features a new Henning Mankell detective named Stefan Lindman. Coincidentally, perhaps, a character named Stefan Lindman is Linda Wallander’s odd, unconventional boyfriend in the first BBC4 TV series. He was killed off at the end of the first series. This series stars Krister Henriksson, rather than the Swedish Wallander starring Rolf Larsgaard or the British version starring Kenneth Brannagh .

Published in 2000, it was translated into English in 2003 by Laurie Th
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Donna
Aug 08, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
All in all.....3 stars.

I liked the premise of the story....it is relevant in our world today because such groups do exist. I also liked the main MC. He wasn't bestowed with a huge personality, but one that was easier to identify with.

There were some stalling points in this. It felt like it was trying to move forward but sometimes it seemed like it was waiting for the light to turn green. There was a lot of chatting about the findings and not the actual 'finding of the clues'. There were many lo
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Colleen
Jul 31, 2013 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the best of the Henning Mankell books. The murder that starts off the book is incomprehensible, but the hanging of Nazi war criminals in the prologue gives us a hint. As usual the Swedish gloom and weather sets the tone and the deep understanding of motivation drives the book.
Janice
I'm veering off from the crowd on this one. 67% of the ratings are for 4 & 5 stars. I don't get it.

The protagonist is a 30 year old detective who is off on sick leave because he has cancer of the tongue, don't you know? If you read the book, he will tell you - every chance he gets. I'm not sure what the intent was behind having such an angst ridden, whiny, self-absorbed character. It didn't add anything to the story. In fact, if it had been left out, there would be no effect to the story exc
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TBML
Aug 07, 2009 TBML rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melanie
This was the first Henning Mankell book that I've read, and it was a riveting tale. The novel's prologue sets an ominous tone with the hanging of Nazi war criminals. It is not until later in the book that this makes sense. Detective Stefan Lindman, on sick leave after a cancer diagnosis, decides to travel to the remote town where a former colleague has been murdered. He can't help himself and becomes involved in helping the local detective to track down the killer and the motive, which involves ...more
Shahr Baran
Oct 17, 2014 Shahr Baran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
همه فكر ميكنند كه نازيسم با مرگ هيتلر از بين رفته اما 55 سال بعد قتلي عجيب در جايي متروك در شهرهاي شمال سوئد رازي عجيب را برملا ميكند ..رد پاهاي خونيني كه نشان از جا پاي رقص تانگو هستند باعث كنجكاوي علت قتل توسط پليس ميشود وتحقيقات پليس به شبكه اي مخوف منتهي ميشود كه نشان ميدهد نازييسم دوباره زنده شده ودر حال ريشه دواندن به سبكي مدرن وجديد در جهان است ..داستاني پليسي پراز تعليق ورمز وراز ..كه شما را بارها وسوسه ميكند كه نگاهي به صفحه اخر كتاب بيندازيد تا زودتر پي به راز عجيب موجود ببريد ..اما هر ...more
EpidermaS
Dec 30, 2015 EpidermaS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Rewelacja. Po prostu rewelacja. Po długim okresie thrillerowej ascezy dosłownie chłeptałam tę powieść jak pies bernardyn wodę (i to po trzech dniach wędrówki przez Saharę).

W ciągu godziny, w dusznym, zatłoczonym busie, ściśnięta gdzieś między torbą z laptopem a inną pasażerką (nie mniej obładowaną tobołami niż ja), udało mi się pochłonąć 100 pierwszych stron. Książka wciągnęła mnie do tego stopnia, że zupełnie nie przeszkadzały mi takie a nie inne warunki podróży.

Ta książka żyje. Nic tu nie je
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Julián
May 31, 2014 Julián rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otra novela negra de Mankell. Con diferencia, el tipo del que más libros he leído en mi vida. Probablemente sea por dos cosas: porque son buenos y porque son muy entretenidos.

A lo que vamos. Este no es de Wallander, sino de un policía de otra región sueca. Es bastante parecido a su compatriota de Scania: muy inteligente y perspicaz para su trabajo pero de escasa inteligencia emocional. Toda la novela la pasa angustiado después de que le hayan detectado un cáncer en la boca y su relación con su n
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Stephanie
Jan 18, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Décembre 1945. Dans l'Allemagne vaincue, un passager solitaire descend d'un avion militaire britannique et se rend à la prison de Hameln. Là, il procède à la pendaison de criminels de guerre nazis. Mais l'un d'eux a échappé à son sort. Octobre 1999, dans le nord de la Suède, Herbert Molin, un policier à la retraite, est torturé à mort. Dans sa maison isolée, les empreintes sur le parquet semblent indiquer que le tueur a esquissé un tango sanglant avec sa victime. Ici, ce n'est plus le commissair ...more
Paul Patterson
In the prologue of Henning Mankell’s The Return of the Dancing Master, I thought I recognized a character from a recent TV movie called The Last Hangman, featuring the life and times of Albert Pierrepoint. (actor:Timothy Spall) I was wrong about the novel character’s exact identity; Mankell’s hangman was a fellow called Davenport. As for the connection between the prologue and rest of The Dancing Master, my movie association however functioned as a helpful template in discovering one of Mankell' ...more
Reinhold
Dec 12, 2008 Reinhold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Mankell kann es besser

Wenngleich die Überschrift "Mankell kann es besser" lautet, heißt das nicht, dass das Buch schlecht wäre. Im Sinne von "Das Bessere ist der Feind des Guten" - so ist es hier eben auch - es ist jedoch bestimmt nicht sein schlechtestes Werk. Gute Mittelklasse eben - aber was für Mankell Mittelklasse ist, ist für viele andere schon das Ende der Fahnenstange.

Gleich zur Story. Mankell führt Stefan Lindman als neuen Protagonisten ein. Ebenso wie Kurt Wallander steht er mitten in
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Kathleen Hagen
The Return of the Dancing Master, by Henning Mankell. A. Narrated by Grover Gardner, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is a stand-alone published by Mankell in 2000, and it is as good as any of the best Kurt Wallanders. In this book we briefly meet a retired Swedish policeman Herbert Molin, who now lives quietly in the northern forestland in Sweden. It is clear that even in 1999 he has nightmares about something that happened during WW II almost 50 years ago-nightmar
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Steve
Jun 22, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Return of the Dancing Master" marks the creation of a new Henning Mankell detective, Stefan Lindman.

It starts out in 1945. Nazi Germany lies in ruins. Shortly nine male and three female war criminals are hanged. 54 years later, retired policeman Herbert Molin is found brutally slaughtered on his remote farm in northern Sweden. The police discover strange tracks in the blood on the floor as if someone had been practicing the tango.

A young a young police officer on sick leave, Lindman hears
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Christopher
Oct 01, 2007 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of crime novels/detective stories
This is the first non-Kurt Wallander book I've read by Henning Mankell, and it might be the only one out there. In any case, it's one of the best as well. Instead of small town southern Sweden, Mankell brings us up north a bit to an even smaller "town" where a gruesome murder has occurred. I think the change of characters and scenery frees Mankell to delve deeper into his main character, Lindman.

Mankell certainly has a talent for making his characters come across as very realistic and somehow sy
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Bibliophile
The Return of the Dancing Master is the first of Henning Mankell's non-Kurt Wallander novels that I've read. Although I didn't get a close-up description of Wallander's dietary woes in this one, I did get another policeman, Stephan Lindman, who's worried about having a cancerous tumor on his tongue. (He was so introspective and so constantly worried about this and whether he was going to die that, despite my initial sympathy, by the end, all I wanted to say to Lindman was "DUDE! GO GET YOUR TREA ...more
Ubiquitousbastard
Alright, so this was a bit slow for me, especially the beginning which was really kind of pointless. Even having read the whole book, the first part was unnecessary; the pointlessness of it reminded me of the random boring parts in Les Mis.

Also, Nazis are SOOOOOOOOO overdone. I'm sick of reading about freakin' Nazis in every book I pick up that isn't fantasy. Swedish fiction is a repeat offender in that regard, and I was seriously hoping that this book wouldn't focus on Nazis, but alas, did. Ne
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Olivia
This is a fantastic book. It is novel and refreshing yet maintains everything that is great about a Mankell mystery.

The characters were superb. I liked Stefan Lindman very much. I especially liked Larsson.

There was one aspect that annoyed me very much and that is reflective perhaps of my own political leanings....I am well aware of Mankell's own peculiar brand of socialism mixed with nationalism but I just cannot accept the sentence where he condemns the murderer of Molin as being just like thos
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Carla
Jun 20, 2014 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My opinion is that the Return of the Dancing Master underscores expertly that human beings solve problems, even when, and perhaps because of, the ordinary distractions of life.

Who among us doesn't question what we do for a living; whether we will live beyond age x; do we commit to this person or not? What a jumble we have in our heads, and yet, when Lindman or Wallander is on the trail, these are only missed/crossed synapses; allowing the seeming randomness of synchronicity to edge along to alm
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Arwen56
Mar 15, 2015 Arwen56 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In teoria, dovrebbe trattarsi di un romanzo “giallo”. Dico “in teoria”, perché di fatto lo svolgimento segue un ritmo che si discosta molto dal genere. Anzi, diciamo chiaramente che è di una lentezza irritante, con continue divagazioni non sempre riuscite e ben “piazzate”, per cui la storia finisce per diventare uno strano ibrido che non saprei come definire, in cui le vicende dell’assassino, dell’assassinato e dell’investigatore (che non è neppure quello ufficiale) si intrecciano tra loro sullo ...more
Lobstergirl
The gloomy, depressed, sleep-deprived, death-obsessed detective in this one, Stefan Lindman, is not as charming or interesting as the gloomy, depressed, sleep-deprived Kurt Wallander. Lindman has been given a diagnosis of tongue cancer, but it's in the early stages and his doctor tells him he has a good chance of recovery. Nonetheless, Lindman is absolutely convinced he's going to die and we read about his fears on every other page as he solves two murders on vacation while he waits for his radi ...more
James
Jan 20, 2015 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The wind was blowing so hard that he could scarcely keep his balance."

Sentences like this are why I love reading Henning Mankell. He takes the Scandanavian crime novel to the realm of true literature. The hero of the story exhibits Kafkaesque anxiety over a soon-to-be-treated cancer in his tongue, an illness that convincingly parallels the neo-nazi scorge that he is uncovering in northern Sweden.

The characters are well developed and earn our sympathy and scorn. The settings are described in a m
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Mohnish Lad
Jul 28, 2014 Mohnish Lad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First things first. i consider Mr. Mankell as my idol! He Is my God! so whatever he writes, I WILL READ IT!
this is the first book i read by Mr. mankell and after reading this i became an ultimate fan of his! actually i am a sucker for WWII novels. and this one is truly a masterpiece!
the main asset about this book is Mankell compares what is going in the protagonist's mind through the changing weather. the characterization is spot on and the plot is taut and engrossing. all Mankell will definitel
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Rachael
Aug 18, 2010 Rachael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had the audio version. I cannot believe that I persevered to the end. 11 discs. One thing that I really hate about Mankell is that he tells you whodunnit close to the beginning, or at least a third of the way in. This kills the suspense, and the only mystery is really, "will the protagonist figure out the culprit, too?" I haven't read any of the Wallander series, just this one and Man from Beijing, so maybe his plot stucture for the series is different. But I can tell you this, no more Mankell ...more
Anders Hanson
The Return of the Dancing Master is the first of Mankell's books to be published in Britain that doesn't feature the character that made him famous - Kurt Wallander. And yet despite Wallander's absence the book doesn't feel that far removed from his previous stories.

As with his Wallander books, this one centres around a particular police detective working with others to investigate a shocking crime. This time the police officer is Stefan Lindman who ends up investigating the murder of a former c
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Mirrordance
Oct 05, 2015 Mirrordance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli, crime, archivi, digital
Quattrostelline di incoraggiamento. Le indagini del commissario Wallander non mi hanno mai preso troppo nè entusiasmato ma questo romanzo di Henning Mankell, a parte qualche passaggio lento e faticoso, oltre che poco funzionale alla narrazione, ha tenuto viva la mia attenzione con una storia ben congegnata e un susseguirsi di eventi misurato che mantiene sempre attento il lettore. Un po' ridondante il continuo soffermarsi sulla malattia di Stefan Lindman, il poliziotto protagonista anche se non ...more
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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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