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The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
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Jul 02, 12

bookshelves: 2012, bookcrossing
Read in June, 2012

The last book in Wallander series. While the writing was still good, detailed, and gave a lot of atmosphere to people and places, it wasn't as enjoyable as the early Wallanders. I had read them in order until about the middle, to now quickly cheat to read this (to later give it to my mother-in-law), and then go back to where I left the series. All the elements of Wallander are still there - the sad, melancholic way of seeing everything around him, the ghosts of his horrible ex-wife Mona, his daughter Linda, his perhaps only love of life, Baiba (from The Dogs of Riga - a much more enjoyable a Wallander). Even a bunch of the circumstances from when he met Baiba are there - Russian espionage and a murder or disappearings related to that.
If you're new to Wallander, do yourself a favor and read the series in order. Or if you want to read just one, go for The Dogs of Riga.

Wallander seems even more rambling as usual, and his being stuck in the past and in his ways creates probably 70 extra pages on this book. Way more of an old man walking his dog here than real action. Perhaps not a bad choice as his life seems to slow down. But something in the end just, uhm, killed Wallander for me. I would like to keep my favorite detectives immortal....
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