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The Troubled Man

(Kurt Wallander #10)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  13,262 ratings  ·  1,324 reviews
Every morning Håkan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. Then, one day he fails to come home.

Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved but Håkan's son is engaged to his daughter Linda. A few months earlier Håkan was eager to talk to Kurt about a controversial incident from his past. Could this be connected to his disappearance?

Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published 2011 by Vintage Digital (first published January 1st 2009)
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Fruit I did, and didn't realize it was part of a series. It's fantastic as a standalone story. Enjoy!
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Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this, Henning Mankell's latest and final in the Kurt Wallander series, was like finding myself in a well-known and beloved landscape: Kurt Wallanderland. Mankell is not a great stylist but he has managed to do something remarkable in his creation of Police Detective Wallander. I love this melancholy man. Smart, humane, brooding, somehow both slow and sharp, he is an old and dear friend to me.

I think I've now read all of the Wallander novels. A few of them don't quite work (The Dogs of Ri
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Αναλυτικά μπορείτε να διαβάσετε την άποψή μου εδώ.

Τα προβλήματα αρχίζουν όταν ο μέλλων πεθερός της κόρης του Βαλάντερ, απόστρατος αξιωματικός του ναυτικού, ανοίγει μια πολύ αινιγματική συζήτηση μαζί του φανέρα ανήσυχος για κάτι που φαίνεται να τον βασανίζει κι ύστερα από λίγες μέρες εξαφανίζεται χωρίς να αφήσει ίχνη. Η υπόθεση περιπλέκεται ακόμη περισσότερο όταν εξαφανίζεται και η σύζυγός του, επίσης χωρίς προφανή λόγο.

Ο Βαλάντερ για χάρη της κόρης του αναμιγνύεται στην υπόθεση κι έτσι ξεκινάε
Lewis Weinstein
There are already so many excellent reviews of this book, I feel I have little to add, except to agree it was a compelling read with several major surprises, and also very sad. I did find the ending unsatisfying, but I think that was the author's intent. The issues of aging and death Wallander is wrestling with cannot be neatly resolved.
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We all form connections and we break them. We build friendships. Some of us are on teams at work only to get displaced and join a different team. We travel to distant lands and leave such lands and the people in it. We have families and children, this sacred space we rarely leave until death. We marry and sometimes we divorce a beloved. We become fans of successful artists, perhaps a musician, a singer/songwriter or a Maxfield Parrish, or a Goya, only to feel our inner landscape has
Lee Goldberg
I won't rehash the plot, others have done a fine job of that. My problem with the book is that Henning Mankell was astonishingly lazy with his plotting. He seems to have made up the plot as he went along, with no clear idea of where he was going or what the solution would be. There's a stunningly inane, unbelievable, and contrived coincidence a third of the way through the book that ultimately ends up being totally unnecessary. I can't understand why Mankell didn't cut it, because it asks for su ...more
João Carlos

Kurt Wallander - Kenneth Branagh (na série da BBC)

5 Estrelas
(4 Estrelas “Um Homem Inquieto”
1 Estrela Henning Mankell/Kurt Wallander)

”Um Homem Inquieto”, originalmente publicado em 2009, é um romance policial do escritor sueco Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015), a décima ou décima primeira obra (conforme as fontes bibliográficas) protagonizada pelo inspector de polícia Kurt Wallander.
Desde 2002, com a leitura de ”Assassino Sem Rosto” (1991) que acompanho de uma forma ávida a vida e as investigações
Juan Nalerio
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y bueno, terminé el último Wallander....
Para mí es el penúltimo ya que me falta leer “La pirámide” que son relatos.

Que decir? Mankell me ha convertido en seguidor de los casos de Kurt y de los policiales en general.
En éste, el último, nos encontramos con un Wallander en su ocaso, con diabetes, con lagunas de memoria, con problemas dentales. Se siente viejo y con temor a la muerte.
Sin embargo, sigue siendo capaz de resolver un complicado caso y poner a sus lectores al borde de las lágrimas.
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through the book, I find it hard to believe how fast this reads, and how hard I find it to put it down. I have a soft spot for Mankell ever since I saw him talk live (and found that I could well listen for a few more hours) but in some of the Wallander mysteries, I got a bit tired of rants about the political climate in Sweden. This one had only a reasonable amount of that, and I'm enjoying it.


Finished the book - a bit sad that this is definitely the end of the series, but I
Nancy Oakes
Without giving anything away, pretty much everyone knows by now that The Troubled Man is the last Wallander novel, and once again within the space of a month I'm having to say goodbye to not only a favorite series, but to a favorite character as well. I hate when this happens, but series readers know it's likely inevitable at some point.

"It began with the troubled man," who in this case is Håkan von Enke, retired naval officer, husband of Louise and father of Hans. Hans, as it turns out, is a he
Roderick Hart
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Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book with which to begin your relationship with Henning Mankell's moody detective, Kurt Wallander. This is a novel purely for those who have formed a connection with Wallander over the many preceding novels. I find Wallander one of the most richly human characters I've encountered in fiction--believably flawed and lonely and morose (perhaps because I am always flawed and sometimes lonely and morose, myself)--and I was a bit saddened, going into this book, knowing that it was to be ...more
E’ inquieto il commissario Wallander in quella che, da quanto ho intuito, è la sua ultima avventura.
E’ un uomo spento, smemorato, sempre più grigio, nostalgico del passato e incurante della propria salute.
Ed è inquieto il padre del suo genero, il capitano von Henke, comandate di sommergibili in pensione, che invita Wallander alla sua festa di compleanno e guarda in continuazione fuori dalla finestra, la postura tesa, lo sguardo guardingo e la mano in tasca, forse pronta a tirar fuori una pistola
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Great read. Kurt Wallander is a wonderful character. So real with his vulnerabilities. His illnesses and his fear of death. He sees himself on a journey he can not turn around from nor can he change the final destination. He lives alone because of his obsession in solving cases leaves no time for anyone else, yet he dreams of a relationship with Baiba a former love interest. In his world he has a daughter and grand-daughter who love him but there is no one else. There is a detective story, a mys ...more
Shawn Granger
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good end to an amazing series. I admit that you can feel the end coming, but it wasn't 100% expected. Now we know Mankell's own life story was coming to a close, so it's fitting that Wallander was allowed to pass away in the world of fiction. But it's still heartbreaking that the wonderful series is done; never again to be in my "to-read" pile. Troubled Man had a few coincidences that annoyed me but nothing as bad as Before the Frost. Not bad enough to ruin the experience, but a crutch that He ...more
Maria João Fernandes
"E é tudo. A história de Kurt Wallander termina irrevogavelmente. Os anos de vida que ainda lhe restam, talvez dez, talvez alguns mais pertencem-lhe, a ele e a Linda, a ele e a Klara. A mais ninguém."

É com estas palavras que termina "Um Homem Inquieto", o 11 º livro que leio do autor sueco Henning Mankell. Foi com um prazer enorme, e alguma tristeza também, que li o último livro da série do incomparável policia de Ystad, Kurt Wallander.

Henning Mankell é, para mim, o melhor escritor, ponto final.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i bid a sad farewell to kurt wallander. it's been wonderful eagerly reading thru all of his cases. more than ordinary police procedurals these novels are character driven stories, a look into the deeper issues of the changing social and political side of a modern sweden thru the eyes of a flawed and aging citizen obsessively searching for the truth.
Jim Coughenour
Not with a bang but a whimper.
It had been quite a while since I had checked in on Kurt Wallander, so the time seemed appropriate. I wondered if perhaps his creator, Henning Mankell, had allowed him to mellow out at all in the interim.

Early in the book, as the author was describing Wallander, I came across a sentence asserting that the Swedish policeman was, in fact, quite a cheerful person. I had to laugh out loud. If there is one adjective that could likely never be honestly applied to Kurt Wallander it is "cheerful."

As we
Friederike Knabe
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently, The Troubled Man, is Henning Mankell's last book in the Kurt Wallander series. Many of us will miss him as we got to like the often grumpy detective, who has had his own, very individual, ways of following suspects and investigating crime(s). This novel is not necessarily his best detective story, - but then I am not the one to judge, not being very knowledgeable in this genre - yet, in other ways, it makes for a very rewarding read. We learn more about the man, Wallander, who he was ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I had put off reading the last in the Kurt Wallander series because I really did not want to say goodbye. Yet with the BBC4 transmission of the TV adaptation of the novel I figured the time and come to say goodbye. I appreciated the Cold War elements of the story.

Like many in the series, this is a very slow burning novel as Kurt investigates the disappearance of the parents of his daughter's partner. It is an unofficial case that he slots into his free time and during various holidays. Througho
Elly Wendy
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4* Powerful, moving, engaging. I really enjoyed this audiobook and wish it wasn't the last in the series.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very, very sad book. But a brilliant crime novel, one of the very best I’ve read in ages.

When Mankell is at his best, as he is here, there are two things that I especially love about his work.

The first is the pace: it’s always suspenseful, but it takes its time. Things don’t happen quickly, Wallander has to mull over stuff, usually while he’s doing other things. This book is unusual in that the central crime is not one Wallander is supposed to be solving, so he’s working on a number of other
El cierre de una etapa bastante larga, completa y llena de historias y personajes, los cuales -tal y como lo adelantan en la portada del primer libro "Asesinos sin rostro"- van evolucionando, ganando y perdiendo a lo largo de estos doce libros (ya explicaré el porqué digo doce y no diez).

La historia se centra mucho más en lo que le pasa al protagonista que, aunque dedique la mayor parte de su tiempo a la investigación y a la resolución del crimen, tiene mucho más desarrollo que en cada uno de su
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all the Kurt Wallander books in order, and I loved what Henning Mankell did with Kurt in this final book. Kurt has always been a melacholy character, but in this final adventure he has become more like his late father and at times is just a plain old curmudgeon. But I like that his character has developed and in the course of 10 books and 20 Wallander years, of course the character has changed. Linda drove me nuts in some parts of this book, but she is her father's daughter.
I thoroug
Ade Bailey
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Dreadfully miserable. Given this as a 59th birthday present I soon found that Wallander had just had his 60th, and was contemplating having well and truly passed middle age and now entering the third and final act of this tragedy we call life. Without wanting to give anything away, the book charts his various ailments, accidents, collapses before reaching a wickedly precise and brief paragraph summing up the final decade of the melancholy Swede's life. That aside, he's the Wallander we all know ...more
Brad Lyerla
If I could, I would give THE TROUBLED MAN 3 1/2 stars. It's very readable and any Wallander fan will enjoy it.

I do have two complaints. THE TROUBLED MAN would have been a better book with about 50 pages edited out. There is too much filler that delays the ending without contributing drama or resolution. Even worse, the mystery Wallander investigates borders on the implausible, at least in its details. Most of the interest in the book comes from Henning's final touches to Wallander's personal li
David Colton
Depressing and not a good read if you happen to be a newly retired 62 year old man who has been determined in his life to find a happy ending to all eventualities. Wallander is depressed and depressing and the case he is pursuing is not very interesting for his last case...I could barely finish this book as I simply lost interest in Wallander as well as his case. This was a disappointing end to a brilliant series in a genre so capably handled by the gifted Henning Mankell.
Thea Jessen
Hm, definitely a bit too slow-paced for me. Especially the beginning. Took way too long to get to the really interesting and good part (like 200 pages in long). However.. did not see that ending coming. Gosh darnit. AND SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. We will never know what truly happened, and Mankell is just going to make us imagine the full story. >Ugh.

Bittersweet ending with Kurt Wallander. Definitely need to re-read all of his books now haha
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Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell split his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He was married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.

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