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Delitto di mezza estate (Kurt Wallander #7)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  13,853 Ratings  ·  645 Reviews
Notte di solstizio: tre giovani in una macchia isolata del bosco nei pressi di Osterlen. Qualcuno li spia. La loro festa si tinge di sangue. Intanto, la quiete della centrale di polizia di Ystad è spezzata dal ritrovamento del corpo di Svedberg, da anni collega di Wallander, ucciso da tre colpi di pistola sparati in pieno volto. Due foto tra le carte di Svedberg convincono ...more
Paperback, Farfalle #25, 597 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Marsilio (first published 1997)
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There's something to be said for knowing the answer to a mystery while you're reading a mystery. I watched the first season of Wallander, of which One Step Behind was the last episode, before ever cracking a Wallander book, yet it didn't hurt my experience reading the book. Henning Mankell did that quite well on his own (but more on that later).

When the book opened, and Wallander's colleague, Svedberg, was found murdered in his flat, I was thrilled with knowing who the killer was and how the kil
Lars Guthrie
Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the works of one author, and more emphatically when I read a series by one author, I feel that I almost go further than just the reciprocal relationship between text and reader outlined by Louise Rosenblatt in her transactional theory of literature. With Mankell (and also recently with the twelve volume 'Dance to the Music of Time' by Anthony Powell), it's as if I am in a dialogue with the author. I know that's impossible; the books have already been written. But my reaction to the f ...more
Bach Tran Quang
3,5/4 sao. Thật ra trừ 0.5 điểm vì thanh tra Wallander oặt ẹo mỏi mệt lê lết thiếu ngủ kéo từ trang này qua trang khác chứ thật sự đây là một cuốn sách lạnh lùng và đen tối của Henning Mankell. Tức là vụ án hết sức hấp dẫn, tình tiết đan xen và gay cấn như việc người đọc được tham gia vào quá trình điều tra một cách thực thụ với mọi thứ bày đầy lên trên một chiếc bàn lớn để chắp nối với nhau.

Có những đoạn viết về xã hội Bắc Âu nói riêng, và xã hội loài người nói chung hết sức đặc biệt. Một cái n
One Step Behind was my second Henning Mankell novel about Swedish policeman Kurt Wallander, and like Sidetracked, the first Wallander novel I read, I wanted to like it more than I did. One Step Behind concerns the investigation into the murder of a policeman, one of Wallander’s colleagues, who was himself involved in a secret investigation of a crime that no one else believed had been committed. How Wallander manages to catch the criminal despite constantly being “one step behind” forms the myst ...more
The tension and the depth of the plot from each book become more and more interesting. In this we find Wallander looking for the killer of a fellow detective who was looking for three missing students. Simple yet terribly complicated and dark. Wallander's private life is the back bones of the series. We see him struggling with health problems, his emotional ups and downs. The plot keeps you reading but Wallander's personal turmoils makes you turn the pages faster.
Donald Gallinger
Henning Mankel has proved himself to be a wonderful crime novelist. His books create a wonderful sense of atmosphere along with razor sharp plotting. The great pleasure in reading Mankell is the social commentary on Sweden's changing society. His fiction is at least as much about evolving mores in Swedish culture as it is about the classic "who done its."
Bill Krieger
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This is a must read for all Wallander-philes. The plot is very good. Even better though, Wallander is a mess. He has health problems, his father died in the last book, he doesn't have a girlfriend, his ex-wife is getting remarried, and his confidence is completely shot. It's classic, wonderful Wallander. Ups and downs and dog tired through a difficult case, it's just a lot of fun to follow along.

One of my favorite scenes is when Wallander learns that one of his coworkers considers Wallander
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, the-very-best

Mankell ist mit diesem Buch ein ganz großer Wurf gelungen. Einerseits steht Kurt Wallander, der irgendwie liebenswerte und gleichzeitig unerträgliche aber immer 100% einsatzbereite Polizist. Fast ist man versucht zu sagen, wie üblich steckt Wallander in seiner Midlife Crisis. Und wie üblich steht er einem Verbrechen gegenüber, das eigentlich über Wallanders Grenzen hinausgeht.

Wer Mankells Wallanderreihe kennt, weiß dass dieses Strickmuster zwar immer wiederkehrt, dass die Bücher d
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-noir
A movie was made based on this book.

From IMDb:
Shortly after police discovers the murder of three friends, police inspector Wallander finds his friend and colleague Svedberg dead. At first believing that Svedberg killed himself, Wallander soon discovers links between Svedberg, the three friends and a fourth person, a young woman at a mental institution.
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Kurt Wallander - He works tirelessly, eats badly and drinks the nights away in a lonely, neglected flat. Still, he tackles some pretty incredible cases --

Here are the titles in the series (with a few extras) -

Faceless Killers
Dogs Of Riga
White Lioness
The Man Who Smiled
The Fifth Woman
One Step Behind
Return Of The Dancing Master (a Stefan Lindman mystery)
Before The Frost (actually a “Linda Wallander” mystery)

An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my first foray into the world of Wallander. Mankell takes the writer into the heart of the man whilst at the same time keeping the reader on the edge of the seat as the mystery unfolds. Mankell presents the human side of the detective - living alone, onset of chronic illness, failed marriage, connection with his daughter, his career, colleagues and an unwavering sense of searching for justice in the hope that he will find and redeem himself in the process..
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This isn’t the same Wallander that I’ve come to expect in this series. Sure, he is still depressed and depressing. But this one takes place in the summer, and when the weather’s good, you don’t have the moodiness bad weather causes piling on to the issues faced by the detective. To make up for the good weather, Mankell kills off a peer of Wallander’s, and gives Wallander some bigger health problems to deal with. In this one, bloodwork finds an issue that nags at Wallander every few pages through ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this edition, Wallander is ill but can't/won't stop to take care of himself. This installment brings out some secrets about one of Wallander's co-workers and a serial killer with little to no reason for his actions is caught...eventually. The recurring thought that I had while reading this was that, while this was written in the 90s, the social issues reflected in Sweden then seem to be coming to pass here in the States. A man killing serially for no other reason than he didn't want to see 'h ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A couple of years have passed since the events in Book #6, which means it's time for another heinous crime in Ystad and for Wallander to once again bemoan the horrific state of Sweden. It's a good mystery, with all kinds of twists ands turns (although I, and probably most mystery readers, figured out quickly what was up with the picture of Louise way before Kurt did). The darkness of the murders this time contrasted sharply with the beautiful summer weather--a theme that echoes throughout the bo ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters come to life, and most important, I like them. One does not think of Sweden in terms of a serial killer, but this is what Wallander and his team were up against. Good suspense and enough interest to keep me hooked.
Quang Khuê
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cảnh sát trưởng hay rên rỉ về cuộc đời và sự nghiệp. :D
José Alvear
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No falla Kurt. Buena novela, gran caso y somos testigos de cómo el inspector Wallander duda y ya le cuesta gobernar su cuerpo que comienza a mostrar más achaques que antes. Empatizo a morir con el personaje. Porque tenemos edades parecidas, pensamos cosas parecidas y vivimos experiencias similares (guardando las obvias diferencias).

Aunque a ratos se hace algo extenso, lo recomiendo mucho. Más aún si eres fan y seguidor de la serie.
Viviana Cinto
Un policial cuya trama es muy buena y te mantiene interesada en todo momento, sin embargo, en esta ocasión no me quedé conforme con el final, me parece que le faltó fuerza.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mankell blijft voor mij toch de onbetwiste nummer 1!!
Dan maakt het ook niet uit dat je tot drie uur hebt liggen lezen 😀
Henning Mankell is a excellent writer so much so that this is the seventh book in the Kurt Wallander series that I’ve read. His series are a wonderful blend of plot and character. The detective Kurt Wallander is a character who I’ve really come to know and look forward reading about in every new book - to find out how he is doing and what current case he is working on.

Wallander is an altruistic and flawed character – a detective committed to his work, considered by his peers to be the best of t
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of crime, suspense, and detective lit
Actual Rating: 4.8 Stars
Soundtrack: To Be Decided

“Normal people have nightmares in their sleep. We have our nightmares when we’re awake.”

A charmingly realistic portrait of the struggles of policemen, One Step Behind follows the steps of a brusque detective and his colleagues, while begging the question: who or what can we truly put our faith into?

Detective Kurt Wallander returns as engaging as ever, with detectives Magnus Martinsson and Ann-Britt Hoglund strong, worthy companions and confidant
An excellent Kurt Wallander mystery with deep underlying themes questioning the fall of democracy in Sweden due in part to the brutal and senseless crimes. The Ystad police force seems unable to cope with the growing crime rate nor do they have the staff or advance technology to quickly track down the killers. Swedish society is changing but not in a good way. Wallander once again doggedly pursues a killer who carefully selects victims. But how does he pick his victims and what are their connect ...more
May 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010, crime
I was thinking about this book last night for some reason -- it's been a little while since I finished it. It struck me that the plot relies on a lot of strange details. I don't read a lot of murder mysteries, so maybe this is common.

Of all the characters, Inspector Kurt Wallander is perhaps the most 'normal'. He's overweight, lonely, and intelligent but sometimes unable to connect with others. All the other characters have sordid secrets. The murdered policeman, the circle of unusual teenagers
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This turned out to be one of my favorite Kurt Wallander books. It had an intricate plot, lots of murder, lots of talk of how violent Sweden is becoming(compared to the US, it's laughable), angst on the part of Wallander and murder - oh, did I mention that?
I like it when Wallander travels all over Sweden to look for clues. Trouble usually follows him, like when he went to the island to find a witness and she got murdered while he was upstairs asleep. Poor Wallander, he just couldn't seem to catch
Deborah Moulton
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurt Wallender finally turns a corner in this book. It feels like he has worked through the anger and bewilderment of the societal changes in Sweden and come out on the other side: more accepting of the changes and turning his attention to the more practical aspects of tackling what is before him now. He looks at some changes, notably women integrating into the police force in detective and managing roles, and sees all that has been gained, not what has been lost.

It is a better time in his life
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mankell just makes it seem easy. And this time out Kurt Wallander will drive you crazy with his lack of self-respect. Ailing in a big way with the onset of diabetes, caught up in a deeply perplexing serial killer spree with no clear clues to grab onto, Wallander stumbles around for a way to begin. Not being in good health he is not clear of mind too much of the time; he's over-tired, not even making a pretense of taking care of himself, and he lets important, screamingly obvious clues slip by hi ...more
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This was the first book by Henning Mankell I read, or actually listened to. I know it was a little weird to start in the middle of the Wallander series, but still I enjoyed it a lot since it was during the time the Scandinavian detective books were hugely popular in the Netherlands and I also read a lot of them.

I was intrigued by the story, but since it was my first encounter with the characters, I at first missed some of the important
Mark Robison
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of the first seven books starring Swedish police detective Kurt Wallender, this one especially captures what makes the character so memorable. The plot is that he’s chasing a serial killer who targets happy people. Through it all, Wallender is short-tempered, self-pitying, jealous and forgetful but he’s also good-hearted, generous, romantic at heart and hard working. In short, he’s human through and through, a fact that’s made especially clear when he trips and falls during the big finale. And I ...more
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
April's book club selection.

While I thought the plot was fairly interesting, I had a difficult time liking Wallander, the protagonist. I realize that he was in the midst of a huge murder investigation, but I found myself wanting him to take better care of himself, ask better questions, take fewer unnecessary risks, etc. I know he's supposed to be flawed, but I wanted him to be flawed and likeable, not flawed and irritating. Perhaps if I had read previous books in the series and not jumped in at
Umut E. B. (Kareler ve Sayfalar)
Konuya gelirsek; Yaz Dönümü gecesinde ormanda piknik yapan, aslında kendilerince bir “yeniden canlandırma” yapan üç genç başlarından vurularak katledilir. Ancak olayların Kurt Wallander ve ekibine ulaşması bununla başlamış olsa da sebep “kayıp gençler” olarak ortaya çıkar ilk. Peşinden ise daha önceki kitaplardan hatırlayacağınız bir karakter, bir polis arkadaşları da bir cinayete kurban gidiyor ve hikaye başlıyor. Devamı, araştırma süreci, gençlerin başına neyin neden geldiği gibi polisiyenin t ...more
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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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“Police work wouldn't be possible without coffee," Wallander said.
"No work would be possible without coffee."
They pondered the importance of coffee in silence.”
“Yo creo que más bien los atrae el saberse en las cercanías de la crueldad , con la tranquilidad de que no es uno el mismo afectado” 1 likes
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