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Sidetracked is a crime novel by Swedish author Henning Mankell, the fifth in his Kurt Wallander series. Winner Gold Dagger Synopsis[edit]. In the award-winning Sidetracked, Kurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a teenage girl has been loitering all day long. He arrives just in time. “For me, Henning Mankell is by far the best writer of police mysteries today. He is in the great tradition of those whose works transcend their chosen genre to.

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Apr 28, Donna rated it really henjing it Shelves: If your only exposure to Kurt Wallander is through Kenneth Branagh’s brilliant portrayal, you have missed some of the introspection and much of the details of these fabulous mysteries though not by much. The murder has the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes again. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Skip hennjng main content. I could not stop: In the award-winning SidetrackedKurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a teenage girl has been loitering all day long. There is violence the axe should give that away right up front but, like the sexual content, it’s not overdone or gratuitous. The story starts out with a young hnning setting herself on fire in the middle of a field of rapeseed.

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It is largely quantified as police procedural work. Could someone please remove her from the farmer’s land? As the police maknell to piece together the few clues they have, the killer strikes again and again. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.


He’s divorced, and during Sidetracked, is more or less in a relationship with a woman living in Latvia whom we never actually meet. Then he stopped short. This is an excellent book on several levels. Writings on Contemporary Fiction. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.


I particularly like the portrayal of his feelings about his father and his daughter – one turning back into a child, and the other growing i I’ve been reading Henning Mankell’s Wallander series since I picked up The Return of the Dancing Master at an airport.

It was a satisfying read and I look forward to reading more by Henning Mankell next time I feel like reading some crime fiction. Sidetracked Kurt Wallander 5 by Henning Mankell. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Paperbackpages. What I like the most about Wallander is that he is very human, and not just another cop on a case. In fact, the novel opens with a chapter where we enter the mind of our killer. Wallander’s depression is made worse by the images he has to deal with in his work.

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Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? This is yet another late into the night read when you get toward the end because you simply need to know how it all gets sorted out! Is it not great? It is no exaggeration when I sidetrzcked that Henning Mankell is by far one of the most successful writers in Scandinavia, especially in his own country of Sweden.

Both the depth of the plot and intricate details of the investigators provide authenticity and structure to this well planned and compelling plot. This book is fast-paced and does have its moments of violence, but I’ve read much grislier in other books.

Saying too much would spoil. How does a person manage to balance his priorities in the world with conflicting events like these?

Here Mankell takes Wallander’s troubled family, if not Wallander’s forgetfullness, his protective attitude towards children in general and makes it a distraction to resolving the case. View all 6 comments. Wallander and his team are on the case, but have no obvious suspects. The Fifth Act Ingmar Bergman. On the drive over, Kurt is invigorated by the beautiful day. As Americans we often think of Sweden as possessing an very open attitude towards sex and that this is in marked contrast or perhaps reprieve to the somber attitudes of its populace.


QOTD For most Europeans, almost nothing is more prized than their four to six weeks of guaranteed annual vacation leave. He arrives just in time to watch her douse herself in gasoline and set herself aflame. The Dogs of Riga. Mankell has solidified me as his fan. The ending is worth the entire rest of the book. Mankell tells a story of a group of ritual ax murders.

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The murder has the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes again. Wallander is targeted by the kil This sidetarcked by Swedish author, Henning Mankell, featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander, is difficult to categorize. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And could there be some connection between the young woman’s death and the murders?

The Nordic weather, cold to the bones, drives its populace indoors for much of the year where cuddling up to read the latest in crime fiction is a national pastime.

Henning Mankell – Author It might be said that the fall of communism and the consequent increase in Swedish immigration and asylum seekers has been the engine that drives much of Swedish crime fiction.

This is a book that stays with the reader and is so thought provoking for a long time.


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