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The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
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Apr 12, 12

Read in April, 2012

** spoiler alert ** This is the last book in the Swedish detective Kurt Wallander series (Wallander is played so well by Kevin Branagh on the PBS Masterpiece Theater Mystery series). I would have given this book a five because it so remarkably develops the “troubled” character of the introspective Kurt more than the subject of this last mystery. The incidental (but pretty compelling) story slowly reveals the tale of a Swedish naval officer who comes to believe that his wife is a spy for East Germany. It ends with an interesting twist revealing a different spy for a different country. As a fellow Scandinavian, this provides fascinating insight in how life in the northlands with the dark winter weather creates dark and inward focused characters who often second guess their actions and their motives. I’m giving this only a four because of the incidental way that Mankell kills off Kurt after the mystery was solved. The gratuitous descent into Alzheimer’s makes real the worst fears of the troubled man.
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Cathy I couldn't agree with a review more. your description of Kurt's demise as a "gratuitous descent" is perfect. It seemed an unworthy ending for such a complex character.

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