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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Very good plot with excellent sleuth of Wallander.

Sidetracked (Kurt Wallander, book 5) by Henning Mankell

Open Preview See a Problem? In this vein, readers might be interested in his stand-alone novel Kennedy’s Brain a thriller set in Africa and inspired by the AIDS epidemic Mankell often traveled to Africa to help third world populations ; or read his The Eye of the Leoparda haunting novel juxtaposing a man’s coming of age in Sweden and his life in Zambia.

Stay in Touch Sign up. I mean, who doesn’t love self-immolation, hennin murders, and scalpings? This is an outstanding read: Fourth in the Kurt Wallander series. Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children’s author and playwright. He can hardly I began reading Sidetracked after we had started watching the British television productions of Mankell’s Wallander books, with which I immediately connected. You need to make an appointment to do your laundry in an apartment building.

The Eye of the Leopard. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I think this is one of the best detective novels for giving the message that there is really no satisfaction in solving the case because the victims are still dead and the damage done cannot be undone.


Other books in the series. There is a woman in his life and he wants to marry her, but she is the widow of a Latvian policeman who was killed in the line of duty and she’s not so sure she wants to commit to a life with a Swedish policeman. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. That it nevertheless is a veritable page turner second-to-none speaks to the artistry of Henning Mankell. The overall impression is of someone who is fundamentally decent, who makes mistakes, but honestly tries to do his best.

While it started out rather gripping any time a person lights themselves on fire in the middle of an open field, you have my attention but I felt that it got a tiny bit slow, just as all the Wallander books do. QOTD For most Europeans, almost nothing is more prized than their four to six weeks of guaranteed annual vacation leave.

The author takes the reader through the course of an investigation of several brutal murders by a young sociopathetic serial killer. Mankell has solidified me as his fan. Learn more about Amazon Prime. For any reader of Nordic crime fiction, Henning Mankell is an immensely popular and staple read. Gripping suspense combines with probing social commentary in the fifth Kurt Wallander mystery. Also by Henning Mankell.

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I like the dry, serious, battle-scarred detective who is bewildered by an increasingly unfamiliar Sweden where bad things, really bad things, can happen. When the break comes, Wallander, naturally, berates himself because he did not see the solution sooner.



Ian Rankin for the last few months and Stephen King for most of my life, with perpetual disappointment and Nick Hornby for a decade and a half and Philip Palmer for a couple of years and Miriam Toews since last sidteracked. This one is easily the best of the series so far, and hennint best read since Faceless Killers; it’s renewed my goal to read them all, which was flagging somewhat.

It’s as good a Wallander book as I’ve read. Jul 11, James Thane rated it really liked it Shelves: Sixetracked audiobook and excellent series! Only one of those authors has deliv Sometimes when you discover a new author — even when your first exposure to their books doesn’t blow your mind — you see the promise of something fantastic, and you keep reading.

Solving crimes is messy business. Mar 30, Vela rated it it was amazing Shelves: The characters were great too. The subject is Kurt Wallander. Kurt Wallander ran into his first serial killer, and boy was he crazy.

Wallander and his colleagues identify the murderer, but never really get to the bottom of what caused his aberrant behaviour. There is something missing here that I’ve come to expect, though. Although the Swedish characters and settings are a sidetradked, there is a great story behind it all!