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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  6,883 ratings  ·  438 reviews
Twee gebeurtenissen overrompelen de 37-jarige politie-inspecteur Stefan Lindman. Op het moment dat hij van zijn arts hoort dat hij kanker heeft, leest hij in de krant over de moord op zijn gepensioneerde ex-collega en mentor Herbert Molin. Lindman reist af naar het Noord-Zweedse plaatsje Harjedalen, waar Molin in zijn afgelegen boerderij op brute wijze vermoord is. Op de p ...more
Hardcover, 507 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by De Geus Spanning (first published February 1st 2000)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The return of the dancing master, Henning Mankell (1948)
The Return of the Dancing Master is a 2000 novel by Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell. It was translated into English in 2003 by Laurie Thompson, and won the 2005 Gumshoe Award for Best European Crime Novel, presented by Mystery Ink. The central character of the book is Stefan Lindman, a young police officer with cancer, who investigates the murder of a retired officer. The plot explores the relationship between the German Nazi movement
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mankell's novel is an indictment of the rise of hate groups in modern Sweden where xenophobic groups like Strong Sweden and other neo-Nazi organizations promote their racial hatred towards others. One can almost feel the cold snow and the isolation of Sweden in this well written novel of murder, suspense and careful police detection.

The Return of the Dancing Master is bleak, yes, but it is fascinating and chilling, with the traditional flawed-hero, and it is refreshingly unformulaic. The plot is
Ann Sloan
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Return of the Dancing Master features a new Henning Mankell detective named Stefan Lindman. Coincidentally, perhaps, a character named Stefan Lindman is Linda Wallander’s odd, unconventional boyfriend in the first BBC4 TV series. He was killed off at the end of the first series. This series stars Krister Henriksson, rather than the Swedish Wallander starring Rolf Larsgaard or the British version starring Kenneth Brannagh .

Published in 2000, it was translated into English in 2003 by Laurie Th
As a big fan of Henning Mankell's Wallander series, I had high hopes for this story on the periphery of Wallander's Sweden, since it is one of Mankell's highest profile non-Wallander books, but while it was okay, I found myself mostly annoyed.

My annoyance was easy to pin down. Mankell is wearing his politics like a big old Groucho Marx nose on this one. It's not that I disagree with his politics. I don't. But there was a complete and utter lack of subtlety in his anti-Nazi, anti-neo-Fascist dia
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the best of the Henning Mankell books. The murder that starts off the book is incomprehensible, but the hanging of Nazi war criminals in the prologue gives us a hint. As usual the Swedish gloom and weather sets the tone and the deep understanding of motivation drives the book.
Love this author, but not this book. Flat characters, unconvincing mystery and a detective who, despite his cancer worries was eminently forgettable. I liked the snow and the angst, but I was hoping for something more satisfying.
I'm veering off from the crowd on this one. 67% of the ratings are for 4 & 5 stars. I don't get it.

The protagonist is a 30 year old detective who is off on sick leave because he has cancer of the tongue, don't you know? If you read the book, he will tell you - every chance he gets. I'm not sure what the intent was behind having such an angst ridden, whiny, self-absorbed character. It didn't add anything to the story. In fact, if it had been left out, there would be no effect to the story exc
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
All in all.....3 stars.

I liked the premise of the is relevant in our world today because such groups do exist. I also liked the main MC. He wasn't bestowed with a huge personality, but one that was easier to identify with.

There were some stalling points in this. It felt like it was trying to move forward but sometimes it seemed like it was waiting for the light to turn green. There was a lot of chatting about the findings and not the actual 'finding of the clues'. There were many lo
Mr. Gottshalk
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a diehard fan of Mankell’s, I felt compelled to read this book, even if I had to search a bit to find a copy. It’s about a single Swedish detective in his late 30s, who is driven through curiosity to find out who murdered his former colleague. Sounds familiar? I wonder why Mankell’s chose to invent Stefan Lindman instead of writing another Kurt Wallander mystery. There are a few places I wish the story had gone in other directions, but overall I enjoyed the trip around central Sweden - the se ...more
Cecily Kyle
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: towers
I picked this book up for a challenge and the cover art on the edition I had was ominous and creepy. I thought it was going to be good but I ended up falling asleep twice while I was reading it. It had an interesting premise but it wasn't really my thing and a bit too slow. MEh
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why is it the Swedes are writing the best villainous Nazi stories over the past twenty years? Stieg Larsson is best known, probably, but Henning Mankell gives him a run for his money in THE RETURN OF THE DANCING MASTER. Unfortunately, not only does THE RETURN OF THE DANCING MASTER share a Nazi theme with THE GIRL WITH A DRAGON TATTOO, it also shares a meandering nature that could have used a stern editor to better guide the story.

Mankell sets a high standard with his WALLENDER stories and this b
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The gloomy, depressed, sleep-deprived, death-obsessed detective in this one, Stefan Lindman, is not as charming or interesting as the gloomy, depressed, sleep-deprived Kurt Wallander. Lindman has been given a diagnosis of tongue cancer, but it's in the early stages and his doctor tells him he has a good chance of recovery. Nonetheless, Lindman is absolutely convinced he's going to die and we read about his fears on every other page as he solves two murders on vacation while he waits for his radi ...more
Selva Subramanian
I bought this book mainly because Henning Mankell was mentioned along with Steig Larsson as master thriller writers hailing from Scandinavian countries in a literary supplement or a magazine. Guess I chose the wrong book. It is a present-day murder mystery with WW-ll Nazi movement providing the backdrop. I found it to be mostly boring with a not-so-convincing plot with a lot of not-so-likely twists happening. But it wasn't totally bad. But at 500+ pages, I think your time is better spent on some ...more
This was the first Henning Mankell book that I've read, and it was a riveting tale. The novel's prologue sets an ominous tone with the hanging of Nazi war criminals. It is not until later in the book that this makes sense. Detective Stefan Lindman, on sick leave after a cancer diagnosis, decides to travel to the remote town where a former colleague has been murdered. He can't help himself and becomes involved in helping the local detective to track down the killer and the motive, which involves ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-audible
No Kurt Wallander in this one but it’s still another outstanding thriller from Henning Mankell. It’s a gripping story of revenge and a search for past as well as contemporary Nazis. Unputdownable!
THE RETURN OF THE DANCING MASTER. (2000). Henning Mankell. ***.
This was an unintended re-read of this novel. It was – as I now remember it after getting in through an additional twenty-five pages – the first of Mankell’s non-Wallander books I read. To the best of my recollection, I must have read it about fifteen or sixteen years ago. This happens occasionally, though not often enough to cause me concern. Mankell manages to engage the reader quickly in his tales by focusing on his characters an
More like 2.5.

I felt like I was just checking off boxes in Nordic noir bingo as I read this:

- Supposedly liberal male detective who's actually pretty sexist
- "Nagging" girlfriend whose only crime is to want to spend time with her boyfriend
- Non sequiturs all over the place
- Obsession with one's mortality and also changes in Swedish society

Nothing made The Return of the Dancing Master stand out from any other Henning Mankell novel I've read.
Paul Patterson
In the prologue of Henning Mankell’s The Return of the Dancing Master, I thought I recognized a character from a recent TV movie called The Last Hangman, featuring the life and times of Albert Pierrepoint. (actor:Timothy Spall) I was wrong about the novel character’s exact identity; Mankell’s hangman was a fellow called Davenport. As for the connection between the prologue and rest of The Dancing Master, my movie association however functioned as a helpful template in discovering one of Mankell' ...more
The Return of the Dancing Master is the first of Henning Mankell's non-Kurt Wallander novels that I've read. Although I didn't get a close-up description of Wallander's dietary woes in this one, I did get another policeman, Stephan Lindman, who's worried about having a cancerous tumor on his tongue. (He was so introspective and so constantly worried about this and whether he was going to die that, despite my initial sympathy, by the end, all I wanted to say to Lindman was "DUDE! GO GET YOUR TREA ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Return of the Dancing Master, by Henning Mankell. A. Narrated by Grover Gardner, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

This is a stand-alone published by Mankell in 2000, and it is as good as any of the best Kurt Wallanders. In this book we briefly meet a retired Swedish policeman Herbert Molin, who now lives quietly in the northern forestland in Sweden. It is clear that even in 1999 he has nightmares about something that happened during WW II almost 50 years ago-nightmar
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of crime novels/detective stories
This is the first non-Kurt Wallander book I've read by Henning Mankell, and it might be the only one out there. In any case, it's one of the best as well. Instead of small town southern Sweden, Mankell brings us up north a bit to an even smaller "town" where a gruesome murder has occurred. I think the change of characters and scenery frees Mankell to delve deeper into his main character, Lindman.

Mankell certainly has a talent for making his characters come across as very realistic and somehow sy
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Return of the Dancing Master" marks the creation of a new Henning Mankell detective, Stefan Lindman.

It starts out in 1945. Nazi Germany lies in ruins. Shortly nine male and three female war criminals are hanged. 54 years later, retired policeman Herbert Molin is found brutally slaughtered on his remote farm in northern Sweden. The police discover strange tracks in the blood on the floor as if someone had been practicing the tango.

A young a young police officer on sick leave, Lindman hears
Alright, so this was a bit slow for me, especially the beginning which was really kind of pointless. Even having read the whole book, the first part was unnecessary; the pointlessness of it reminded me of the random boring parts in Les Mis.

Also, Nazis are SOOOOOOOOO overdone. I'm sick of reading about freakin' Nazis in every book I pick up that isn't fantasy. Swedish fiction is a repeat offender in that regard, and I was seriously hoping that this book wouldn't focus on Nazis, but alas, did. Ne
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My opinion is that the Return of the Dancing Master underscores expertly that human beings solve problems, even when, and perhaps because of, the ordinary distractions of life.

Who among us doesn't question what we do for a living; whether we will live beyond age x; do we commit to this person or not? What a jumble we have in our heads, and yet, when Lindman or Wallander is on the trail, these are only missed/crossed synapses; allowing the seeming randomness of synchronicity to edge along to alm
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book. It is novel and refreshing yet maintains everything that is great about a Mankell mystery.

The characters were superb. I liked Stefan Lindman very much. I especially liked Larsson.

There was one aspect that annoyed me very much and that is reflective perhaps of my own political leanings....I am well aware of Mankell's own peculiar brand of socialism mixed with nationalism but I just cannot accept the sentence where he condemns the murderer of Molin as being just like thos
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The wind was blowing so hard that he could scarcely keep his balance."

Sentences like this are why I love reading Henning Mankell. He takes the Scandanavian crime novel to the realm of true literature. The hero of the story exhibits Kafkaesque anxiety over a soon-to-be-treated cancer in his tongue, an illness that convincingly parallels the neo-nazi scorge that he is uncovering in northern Sweden.

The characters are well developed and earn our sympathy and scorn. The settings are described in a m
Mohnish Lad
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First things first. i consider Mr. Mankell as my idol! He Is my God! so whatever he writes, I WILL READ IT!
this is the first book i read by Mr. mankell and after reading this i became an ultimate fan of his! actually i am a sucker for WWII novels. and this one is truly a masterpiece!
the main asset about this book is Mankell compares what is going in the protagonist's mind through the changing weather. the characterization is spot on and the plot is taut and engrossing. all Mankell will definitel
Aug 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had the audio version. I cannot believe that I persevered to the end. 11 discs. One thing that I really hate about Mankell is that he tells you whodunnit close to the beginning, or at least a third of the way in. This kills the suspense, and the only mystery is really, "will the protagonist figure out the culprit, too?" I haven't read any of the Wallander series, just this one and Man from Beijing, so maybe his plot stucture for the series is different. But I can tell you this, no more Mankell ...more
Czarny Pies
Jul 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian-lit
When Mankell started to sense that he had milked the Wallander series for all that it was worth, he started looking for a new protagonist. He did not find it here. The Return of the Dancing Master simply stands as a not very successful effort by a great master.
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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.