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Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
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Aug 06, 11

Read from August 02 to 06, 2011, read count: 1

I am reading the series of mystery novels by Swedish writer Henning Mankell. This book was interesting to me because of its description of the interior life of Detective Kurt Wallander and how it differs from that of the American detective. The reluctance with which he wants to carry a gun, let alone shoot it, the worries about the direction of society, the loss of compassion and increase in violence he sees depresses him. The concerns are the same as in the U.S. but the belief in the Swedish citizen's responsibility to each other is stronger. He perserverates thoughout most of the book and only identifies the killer late in the book. If you want a car chase and a lot of shooting, I'd skip it. On the other hand, if you are looking for something without violence, skip it too. This book's killer is quite gruesome - and a lot of folks get killed.
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