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Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
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Dec 29, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 29 to 30, 2011

The title doesn't quite make sense with the story -- maybe it has some kind of double meaning in Swedish? -- but it accurately describes my experience of reading this book. I was in the process of reading several other books, as well as, you know, living my life, but I was completely sidetracked from all these other projects in order to read this book as quickly as possible. This was my first Mankell, and it is elegantly done, with a protagonist you don't love or hate, he's just a real guy. This book does have the annoying tick of constantly flashing into the killer's mind, which I think ruins the suspense -- I'm much more interested in following the investigation as it unfolds, matching wits with the police, etc, etc. It also has the silly flaw of making the killer one of those who decides to try to kill our protagonist, instead of hiding from the police, as a sensible murderer would do. However, I enjoyed it despite these flaws, these books will fill the hours until the next Jo Nesbo is released in English. (When? When?!)
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Hania The title does make sense! It is mentioned couple of times in book that Wallander is note sure if his investigation is on the right track.

Jeff @Nula exactly right. Wallander feels like many of he paths he's gone down have been sidetracks. Title makes perfect sense.

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