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The Pyramid by Henning Mankell
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Apr 10, 2009

really liked it
Read in April, 2009

I confess to having only read the first two of the five stories in this book. They're tightly written, intelligent and have intelligent psychology but I found them kind of grim and austere so I didn't finish the book. This set of stories is, I guess, a prequel to the Kurt Wallander series. I think I would find them less depressing if Wallander didn't spend so much time fighting with his wife and brooding over their cruddy relationship. I am probably more aware of this dynamic than other Wallander fans might be because so much of the first story in this book is about how he and Mona are constantly fighting and breaking up, and how she doesn't understand his work and odd hours — but they get married anyway. It's so annoying, it makes you want to smack them both on the head. He also has a tortured relationship with his father, who is completely nuts. In some detective stories, the personal trials of the hero make him or her seem more interesting and three-dimensional; in this series, I found the glimpses of Wallander's personal life offputting.
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Jessica Thank you Cynthia!
I love the Kurt Wallander series, and did not know there was any more to read...

Cynthia this one is at scoville, or will be on tuesday when i return it. : ) look in the new fic section.

Jessica I'm there on Tuesday then!

I checked out almost all of the others from Scoville...
thank god for that library! The selection of DVDs is great too.

Cynthia And then there's the fantabulous ILL, thank you Deb Smith!

Jessica yes, let's not forget!

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