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The Troubled Man A Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell
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May 01, 2011

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-mysteries
Read in April, 2011

The Troubled Man, by Henning Mankell, A, Narrated by Robin Sachs, Produced by Random House Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is the last book in the Kurt Wallander series. In my estimation, it’s Mankell’s best Wallander. Wallander is now 60. He believes himself to be “in the last part of his life.” We have cameo appearances by some people from the past, such as Mona, his former wife, and Biba, his love. His daughter, Linda, while not married, is living with a man who handles investment hedgefunds and makes a lot of money. Linda and Hans have a baby girl, Clara, and are thinking of getting married. Hans’ father is celebrating his 75th birthday, and Linda invites her father to come. He gets along well with both of Hans’ parents-his father a retired navy submarine commander, and his mother a language teacher. Wallander has the impression that the commander is concerned or frightened about something. Then, not much later, the commander goes for a walk in the forest, a routine he repeated each morning, but this time he doesn’t come back. Within a few days the police and Sweden’s intelligence branch is forced to the conclusion that he disappeared and might be dead. Then, even more mysteriously, his wife, Hans’ mother, also disappears, and they find her murdered body. Wallander, who is not in any way in his jurisdiction but who feels this couple is part of his extended family because of Linda, involves himself in the search for the truth. It takes him into areas he never imagined, and in some ways he considers it the worst case he’s ever had, at least in terms of the feelings he is left with. Wallander’s main focus in life now will be his granddaughter, and Linda as well. He is slowly but surely developing more physical frailties, and it is clear that this is his last case. Mankell leaves us in no doubt of this, but handles Wallander very respectfully. I was especially charmed by the conversations between Linda and her father about Mona, and about Wallander’s father, and their different views of those persons. Strongly recommended.

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