Coverart for item
The Resource The troubled man, Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson

The troubled man, Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson

Label
The troubled man
Title
The troubled man
Statement of responsibility
Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • swe
  • eng
Summary
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
Member of
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Readers whose knowledge of Scandinavian crime fiction goes beyond Stieg Larsson know that it was Henning Mankell who jump-started what has developed into a 20-year golden age. Mankell’s latest novel, the final volume in his Kurt Wallander series, represents a landmark moment in the genre comparable to the swan songs of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus (Exit Music, 2008) and John Harvey’s Charlie Resnick (Cold in Hand, 2008). We pick up Wallander’s story with the aging inspector feeling his 60-plus years and suffering from memory problems that lead to his suspension from the Ystad police force. With time on his hands, Wallander throws himself into solving the disappearance of his daughter’s father-in-law, a former Swedish submarine commander obsessed with an incident from the 1980s involving the detection of Soviet submarines in Swedish waters. Wallander’s digging into the commander’s life leads toward what appears to be a cold war scandal that could rock the current government. As Wallander strives to determine if the commander’s public persona bears any relation to his private self, he launches another, more poignant investigation into his own past. Has he always been the man he feels he has become—“filled with self-pity, a thoroughly pathetic figure”—or does his past tell a different story? This is a deeply melancholy novel, at times painful to read, but Mankell, sweeping gracefully between reflections on international politics and meditations on the inevitable arc of human life, never lets his story become engulfed by darkness. Always a reticent man, Wallander shows an intensity of emotion here, a last gasp of felt life, that is both moving and oddly inspiring. An unforgettable series finale. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The swan song of a much-loved series is always a big event, and thanks to the PBS series based on the Wallander novels, this one has some extra frisson. Expect off-the-book-page coverage on NPR and major print outlets as well as a widespread online advertising campaign. -- Ott, Bill (Reviewed 01-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 9, p53)
  • /* Starred Review */ In Mankell's masterful 11th novel featuring Kurt Wallander (and likely the last in this internationally bestselling series, according to Sonny Mehta's note to the reader), the 60-year-old Swedish detective unofficially pursues a baffling case that's part mystery, part spy thriller. At the 75th birthday party for HÃ¥kan von Enke (the "troubled man" of the title), von Enke, a retired Swedish naval commander, tells Wallander about a 1980 incident involving an unidentified submarine that "invaded Swedish territorial waters." Von Enke was about to fire depth charges to bring the sub to the surface when higher-ups ordered him to abort. A few days after von Enke confides in the detective, he disappears; shortly after, his wife goes missing as well. As Wallander's quest for the truth leads him back to the era of cold war espionage, Mankell (Firewall) deftly interweaves the problems of Swedish society with the personal challenges of one man trying to understand what happened and why. 150,000 first printing; 5-city author tour. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 17, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 03, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ After his stand-alone historical Daniel , Mankell returns to his beloved detective Kurt Wallander in this tenth and possibly final installment of the best-selling series. Wallander delights in the birth of his first grandchild and enjoys the company of his daughter, Linda, but struggles with his role as an older and increasingly forgetful investigator for the Ystad Police. When the parents of Linda's partner go missing, Wallander finds himself deep in a decades-old mystery involving foreign spies, submarines, and Cold War politics. He strives to understand the complexities of the case while also dealing with the loneliness of old age, the sadness of friends' passing, and an alarming tendency to forget where he is and what he's doing. VERDICT Wallander might be aging, but Mankell is dead on in crafting an intricate plotline equal to the skills and insight of his famous detective. This is essential for fans of the series, and it succeeds as a stand-alone in the crowded field of dark, psychological Scandinavian thrillers. [150,000-copy first printing; see Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/10.]— Catherine Lantz, Morton Coll. Lib., Cicero, IL --Catherine Lantz (Reviewed February 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 2, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ Swedish detective Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander (The Pyramid, 2008, etc.) makes a riveting 10th appearance in the strange case of the spy who was and wasn't. Wallander is 60 now. He's a diabetic, conceivably bipolar, and possibly on the cusp of Alzheimer's—though he's scared stiff to find out for sure. He's also terrified of dying and obsesses about it in a way that's both debilitating and downright self-abusive. And yet the core of him remains indestructibly, unalterably Wallander: brilliant, honorable, quirky and, above all, dogged. His daughter Linda, a policewoman now, is in a long-term relationship with a young financier, the son of a retired naval officer, whose sudden disappearance has caused official as well as familial consternation. No one can understand it. Von Enke was highly placed and deeply respected in Swedish military circles. Investigation, at first intense, proves unproductive and after awhile slides inexorably toward cold case status. But not with Wallander. In characteristic fashion, he continues to forage, unearthing a morsel here, a tidbit there, until he fashions some sort of bare-bones meal to chew on. Intermittently—attacked by the bleakness of what he construes as a future in which all that's left to experience is growing older—he's overwhelmed: "He would lie there in the dark and become panic-stricken." Being Wallander, however, he fights through to equilibrium. Could it be true, he begins asking himself, that national-security issues are involved? Could what happened to von Enke really be linked somehow to the bad old days of the Cold War? It takes a long time for Wallander to fully digest the information he's painstakingly gathered—and for one troubled man to finally understand another. Though shivering in the winter of his discontent, Wallander will grip the reader hard. Flawed and occasionally exasperating, he is that rare thing: a true original.(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
381924
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mankell, Henning
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
A Kurt Wallander mystery.
Series volume
0010
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Police
  • Wallander, Kurt (Fictitious character)
  • Thrillers
  • Missing persons
  • Sweden
Label
The troubled man, Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published as: Den orolige mannen, by Leopard F诲lag, Stockholm, 2009
Control code
000046867019
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
367 p.
Isbn
9780307593498
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Label
The troubled man, Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson
Publication
Note
Originally published as: Den orolige mannen, by Leopard F诲lag, Stockholm, 2009
Control code
000046867019
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
367 p.
Isbn
9780307593498
Isbn Type
(hbk.)

Library Locations

    • Malabar Community LibraryBorrow it
      1203 Anzac Parade, Matraville, NSW, 2036, AU
      -33.962293 151.245961
Processing Feedback ...