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The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
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Dec 12, 11

Read in December, 2011

What a surprise to find another Mankell book at the library translated into English. This one was either better written or better translated than the first one I read ("Faceless Killers"). I read it because I was traveling and had nothing else to read, but at times it was slow, and yet I had to find out what the whole disappearing act had to do with the Cold War. It is good to read books written by non-Americans as it gives one a sense of how others live and think and what they think of the USA and its politics. The book was depressing because Wallender, the policeman, is aging and aging poorly. Much of the book was taken up with his health, his past, his dreams (at night and his aspirations), and his relationship with his daughter and ex-wife.

Of equal importance was the main story of the missing man and his wife (whose son is the father of Wallender's granddaughter). Seems like a really far fetched story, but it is neatly laid out in increments that keeps one turning the pages.

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