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Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
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Dec 03, 2009

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

Another excellent mystery. This book continues the author's ruminations on a changing society in Sweden that is more violent, more senseless, and more incomprensible to traditonally trained detectives in the police force. It also tackles the introduction of women to the detective force and a generation gap between the 50-something detective Kurt Wallender and more recent graduates of the police academy. He goes through one of the more dismaying aspects of middle age: on one hand you're looked up to for your knowledge and experience, but on the other hand you're acutely aware that the world has changed and that these younger colleagues belong to that world, not yours. Like all mysteries, it does a good job of pulling the covers off a world that exists for criminals (in this case, human trafficking of girls and women), but is almost incomprehensible to decent people who have a hard time wrapping their heads around such human cruelty and sexual predation.

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