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The Troubled Man

(Kurt Wallander #10)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  14,356 ratings  ·  1,396 reviews
The much-anticipated return of Henning Mankell’s brilliant, brooding detective, Kurt Wallander.

On a winter day in 2008, Håkan von Enke, a retired high-ranking naval officer, vanishes during his daily walk in a forest near Stockholm. The investigation into his disappearance falls under the jurisdiction of the Stockholm police. It has nothing to do with Wallander—officially.
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Knopf (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
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
Lee Goldberg
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Lewis Weinstein
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book Review:

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
Roderick Hart
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Bob Brinkmeyer
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually give Henning Mankell's novels about Kurt Wallander 4 stars. They're all very good, always pushing the boundaries of the mystery genre in order to develop character and explore political issues.
The mysteries are often less interesting than the world Mankell constructs. But since this is the end of the series for me--and it's so sad to say goodbye to Kurt after following his ups and downs (which are many) for so long--I'm going to give the finale 5 stars, as a tribute to the entire body
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
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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.
Elly Wendy
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's always a bit nostalgic to finish a series, but I can't say I'm sad saying good bye to Wallander because I started to dislike him a few books ago. While this book had a very interesting plot, it had many, many holes and it left quite a lot of unexplained things. It was also very exasperating to read so many convenient things that the author just put in there to make it easier for Wallander to discover the truth. Kurt has a question about the swedish navy and he just happens to have an old sc ...more
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
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Disappointing end to the series - in my opinion. I found the mystery of the disappearances and subsequent murders/deaths tedious. While fans of this series already know this is the last book in the series, I hope that I do not spoil anything for anyone but it seems to me that Mankell was just trying to wrap things up in a nice neat bow by having Wallander suffering multiple health symptoms showing he's only human and *spoiler alert* (maybe for some) - he's going to end up with Alzheimers/Dementi ...more
Ade Bailey
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Thea Jessen
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of crime, suspense, and detective lit
Actual Rating: 4.9 Stars
Soundtrack: Nostalgia by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

“People always leave traces. No person is without a shadow.”

The final treasure of the Wallander series, The Troubled Man is a painfully understandable end to Henning Mankell's well-known detective.

I finished this book one afternoon during school, while I stood outside underneath an awning to hide myself from the rain. It is not easy to forget the way the end of this book made me feel; it was perfectly heartbreak
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kurt Wallander has just turned sixty and isn't taking it well. Already prone to gloominess (he is the gloomiest of the many gloomy Scandinavian detectives), he is convinced that he is losing his memory and, maybe, his mind. His only close connections are with hs dog, Jussi, and his daughter, Linda, also a cop and now a mother. Actually, it's Linda's motherhood, and Wallander's grandfatherhood, that brings a ray of light into Kurt's life. The baby represents hope, just as Wallander's age (and the ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, fiction, mystery

The book jacket will already tell you that this is the last Kurt Wallander novel, but I'm so glad Mankell brought him back one more time. This is one of my favorites, not only because it has a good murder mystery/spy story driving it, but because Wallander fans get to see many of the threads of his life weave themselves together.

His daughter Linda is now a police officer herself and then starts a relationship with a young financier, whose parents end up providing the mystery for the story. Hakan
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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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Kurt Wallander (10 books)
  • Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander, #1)
  • The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander, #2)
  • The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander, #3)
  • The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander #4)
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