The Troubled Man

The Troubled Man

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When Kurt Wallander is called into the case of the disappearance of a retired naval officer, coincidentally his daughter's future father-in-law, he becomes embroiled in a story of Cold War espionage.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, [2011], ©2011
ISBN: 9780307593498
0307593495
Branch Call Number: FICTION Man
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 25 cm

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mamabadger56
Feb 06, 2017

The final Kurt Wallander mystery may also be the best: a complicated spy mystery in which Wallander struggles with work, family issues, personal regrets, and his own mortality.

harrybrowne Jul 20, 2015

The last novel in this outstanding series. If you have not seen the TV series with Kenneth Branagh as Wallander, do so. He makes the detective come alive.

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katchsun
Jul 02, 2015

I almost gave up on reading this one in spite of being interested in the story. Where were the editors?

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nannerl
Jun 23, 2014

Excellent Wallander crime mystery, seems it's to be the last.

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markbaldwin82
Dec 23, 2013

My first Mankell novel as I seek a fix for Jo Nesbo withdrawal.

It kept me interested, but ultimately the ending was a little unsatisfactory. In the real world, we never get complete answers wrapped into nice neat little packages, but in fiction, leaving unanswered questions should only be done as a mechanism to encourage readers to draw their own conclusions. The nature of the unanswered questions in this book do not lend themselves to that.

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JudithE
Nov 23, 2013

I liked it. It's the first in this series that I've read, and I'm disappointed that it is clearly the last. And I didn't notice the "political drivel" another reviewer referred to.... oh, maybe he meant cold war stuff, American and Russian spies and so on.

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 25, 2013

This is supposed to be the last story in the Wallander series. It was well written with plenty of character study. However, it is long and protracted. This could have been a better novel if its length is reduced by 1/3.

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loudem
Jul 05, 2013

As usual a good long book from Mankell, maybe a tad too long. Disappointing for its political content, for its lack of " getting somewhere". At the end we feel that nothing has been proven, nothing has been clarified. We are left with a very disappointing ending (speaking of the novel), and worst, a very disappointing ending ( speaking of Wallender). The author could have ended the series with a more positive note instead of getting fed always the obnoxious political drivel that nothing can be done about it. And Wallender didn't merit this kind of ending. It's just to sad. A very disappointed book, all in all. I just think that for his last novel Wallender could have come on top. What started as a mystery ended up as nothing was gained but much was lost.

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lpreston214
Jun 28, 2013

Mankell's Kurt Wallander series ends on a fittingly melancholy note as he investigates the disappearances of his daughter's in-laws. Wallander remains his brooding, cerebral self when considering what is going on in this case. As usual he has a breakthrough towards the end where he realizes he's been misled and he figures (almost) everything out. Along the way he suffers the pangs of age: losing friends, disturbing physical and mental symptoms and loneliness. Even his dog gets sick. I was a little bored by the mystery itself though the pace picked up towards the end. It's a little hard not to be depressed by how this book ends.

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sfxm1
May 17, 2013

Our bookclub found much to discuss in this book.Most declared that it was difficult to put down before they had finished it.The intrigue .the human relationships and betrayals engrossed us.Sadly it is the last of the Wallander series but it is a memorable novel

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debwalker Mar 31, 2011

Wonderful quote from Mankell about the crime fiction genre in the Globe & Mail March 29, 2011: "the genre is often misunderstood. It's not just about finding out whodunit, it's about understanding the world through the lens of crime and justice, he says, citing Crime and Punishment (about a brutal murder, but so much more), Heart of Darkness (crime fiction about the European abuse of Africa) and even Medea ("If there had been a police force in Greek society, there would have been policemen in the play.") "To put up the mirror of crime in front of you is one of the oldest ways of telling a story that exist."

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