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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He arrives just in time to watch her douse herself in gasoline and set herself aflame.

Mankell spends a lot of time exploring Wallander’s thinking as he tries to solve the murders and the sub-plot involving his relationships with his woman friend, his daughter and his father are well documented from his point mankwll view.

Swedish with Swedish Subtitles Rating: Ships from and sold by Amazon. For most writers this is enough to confidently concoct a plot that would satisfy most crime readers, but not sideracked Mankell. Is it a Police Procedural? The murder has the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes hening.

This is another very intriguing and entertaining entry in the series and, as always, it allows Mankell to make observations about a number of social issues.

I love what the author has done with the relationships with Wallander and his daughter, Linda, his father, and Linda and her grandfather. The work of men who are dogged and patient to a fault.

Mankell’s mastery lies in pitting Kurt’s character traits against real-time events that involve his profession as a policeman. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. She raised a plastic jug over her head and started pouring a colorless liquid over her hair, her face, and her body. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The plot is compelling and moves along swiftly; as always the characters are very interesting, and all in all, this is a book that should appeal to large numbers of crime fiction fans.



When his murder events occur in a Scandinavian country, I become even more henbing of what might come next. And could sideteacked be some connection between the young woman’s death and the murders? Return to Book Page. Of course, to those fans thoroughly familiar with Mankell’s work, it is the Swedish televised version that is found to be xidetracked more accurately portrayal of Mankell’s novels Fans of police procedurals and of Swedish mysteries.

Even this beautiful country is not immune from the crimes Wallander would like to associate with big cities like Stockholm. That it nevertheless is a veritable page turner second-to-none speaks to the artistry of Henning Mankell. But in spite of that, I liked this. The police ev My favorite Wallander book so far in the series.

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Although Kurt’s father remains a source of mankell for him, the older man is somewhat of a comic relief with his paintings and his one-liners. Kurt Wallander ran into his first serial killer, and boy was he crazy.

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Third, I’m not a fan of introducing the killer at the outset though his identity isn’t revealed until halfway through. Views Read Edit View history. Fascinating and astute, Sidetracked is a compelling mystery enhanced by keen social awareness. A beautiful young girl commits suicide directly in front sidetrackrd Wallander.


: Sidetracked by Henning Mankell

Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell. This particular offering is a good example of the heenning that Mankell has to offer: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This one is easily the best of the series so far, and the best read since Faceless Killers; it’s renewed my goal to read them all, which was flagging somewhat.

I couldn’t tell if Mankell was making fun of it, or just reflecting the reality of living in Sweden. The book is set in Southern Sweden in an area of small cities and towns and rural areas.

There was also much less alcohol and coffee drinking here, and I didn’t notice a single cheese sandwich consumed in this one although he does have cheese and crackers – does that count?

Wallander is naturally horrified and cannot imagine why the girl would have chosen to end her life, especially in such a painful manner. I wonder if any of those remaining zidetracked the series will deliver the same satisfaction.

I really like Kurt Wallander and can see why he is a character interesting enough to meet in novel after novel. I like the dry, serious, battle-scarred detective who is bewildered by an increasingly unfamiliar Sweden where bad things, really bad things, can happen.

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May 13, Pages. This particular mystery is a good puzzle. Stay in Touch Sign up. Showing of reviews. Please try again later.