The Troubled Man

The Troubled Man : A Kurt Wallander Mystery

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Every morning Hakan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. However, one winter's day he fails to come home. It seems that the retired naval officer has vanished without trace.

Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation but he has personal reasons for his interest in the case as Hakan's son is engaged to his daughter Linda. A few months earlier, at Hakan's 75th birthday party, Kurt noticed that the old man appeared uneasy and seemed eager to talk about a controversial incident from his past career that remained shrouded in mystery. Could this be connected to his disappearance? When Hakan's wife Louise also goes missing, Wallander is determined to uncover the truth.

His search leads him down dark and unexpected avenues involving espionage, betrayal and new information about events during the Cold War that threatens to cause a political scandal on a scale unprecedented in Swedish history. The investigation also forces Kurt to look back over his own past and consider his hopes and regrets, as he comes to the unsettling realisation that even those we love the most can remain strangers to us.

And then an even darker cloud appears on the horizon...

The return of Kurt Wallander, for his final case, has already caused a sensation around the globe. The Troubled Man confirms Henning Mankell's position as the king of crime writing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 26mm | 508g
  • Harvill Secker
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781846553721
  • 39,553

About Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948-2015) became a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prizewinning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries continue to dominate bestseller lists all over the globe and his books have been translated into forty-five languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations: most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh.

Driven by a desire to change the world and to fight against racism and nationalism, Mankell devoted much of his time to working with charities in Africa, including SOS Children's Villages and PLAN International, where he was also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. In 2008, the University of St Andrews conferred Henning Mankell with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to literature and to the practical exercise of conscience.

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It is sad to lose an old friend. Irascible, irritating, infuriating, but ultimately driven by a sense of some kind of moral compass, Kurt Wallander was always a troubled man. However, he was a character whose very real frailties and uncertainties made him more real and more worthy than a host of cardboard cut-out super hero fictional detectives. Even his demise is all too painfully recognizable and true to real life experience - unsentimentally bleak. Many of the Wallander stories are less about ingenious and gripping plots than brilliant characterization and the capturing of various sociological observations in a brilliant literary way. So it is with this final KW story. Goodbye dear friend. At least we can relive times past through all the great stories.show more
by Don Dealga
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