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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I have read a lot of crime fiction and think that, if I ranked them, this would be in the top half of the list. There is a new-ish love interest, that isn’t intrusive but illuminates Wallander’s character. It led to some unnecessary descriptions of things that offered no bearing or clarification. He’s divorced, and during Sidetracked, is more or less in a relationship with a woman living in Latvia whom we never actually meet.

So much more to read. I was in the process of reading several other books, as well as, you know, living my life, but I was completely sidetracked from all these other projects in order to read sidetrackked book as quickly as possible.

My only real complaint about this book is that the transitions between scenes or ending conversations were a little clunky and awkward. Kurt gets frustrated, loses his temper, and tries to balance mankwll chaotic personal situations The author also proves the reader with insight into the mind and motivations of the killer.


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The man is so depressed that it makes me depressed just to sidegracked about him. Oct 03, Martyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: I mean, who doesn’t love self-immolation, hatchet murders, and scalpings? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Dec 29, Laura Tortorelli rated it really liked it. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

I love the Audible versions – Dick Hill’s narration is top notch – because hearing the story seems to transport me into Mankell’s and Wallander’s world. This was the very first Wallander book Hennning ever read. I found it very thrilling from start to finish, and pretty tragic when you realized who the villain was and their motivation. Author Essay Give the Man a Break: View all 6 comments.

Feb 28, Michele Weiner rated it really liked it. It felt well thought out and I was glued to it.

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In the title above it says it’s number five, so who knows? There is something missing here that I’ve come to expect, though. Even though this novel stands alone, I am glad I am reading the Sicetracked Wallander series in order as there are sidetrcked themselves involving Wallander’s personality. This is my first novel by Henning Mankell.


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.


Wallander is targeted by the kil This offering by Swedish author, Henning Mankell, featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander, is difficult to categorize. View all 4 comments. In this novel, the horror comes to Ystad via a serial killer the first in Sweden’s criminal historya powerful monster who favors splitting open skulls with hennung ax and taking the victim’s scalp.

May 09, Mr. He was forced to watch as she doused herself with gasoline and set herself ablaze. This particular offering is a good example of the best that Mankell has to offer: It’s suspenseful, creepy and although whodunnit might be figured out, mankwll the why that isn’t always easy. Return to Book Page. This time he must discover why a teenage girl doused herself in petrol and burned herself to death, leaving no clues as to who she was.

His uneasy personal relationships provide an interesting dimension to his personality. Jul 30, AC rated it really liked it Shelves: Preview — Sidetracked by Henning Mankell.

More than once a character is asked how they could possibly deal with it.