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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Sidetracked (Kurt Wallander, book 5) by Henning Mankell

The stories themselves don’t seem to be anything overly special, but the main character is oddly likeable inspite of being a grump and borderline slob. In a world where Bergman moves in a universe where characters are dark, violent, extreme and aggressive – take note that the ultimate root of this bloody death and ennui lies in the Norse and Icelandic Viking sagas of Scandinavian history – that dark, somber view ascribed to both Mankell and Bergman’s work was often a topic of intense jovial interest between these two artists.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The only mystery was whether the killer would come after Kurt and Linda.

He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.


He arrives just in time to watch her douse herself in gasoline and set herself aflame. As he investigates the two cases, the Ystad detective uncovers a sinister link to prostitution rackets and the white slavery trade.

Mankell tells a story of a group of ritual ax murders. 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 of view.

In the award-winning SidetrackedKurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a teenage girl has been loitering all day long. While I found some details superfluous, most notably the psychologist Ekholm he contributes nothing of interestand some false notes in the story possible spoilers so I’ll keep mumI did quite enjoy reading the book and will now look for the next in the series am not following any strict order – first in first out!


However these events comprise a very small part of the book. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat You may also be interested in. Goodreads helps you keep sidetfacked of books you want to read. This is a “must read” for fans of Henning Mankell.

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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.

We can see our own weaknesses in Wallander. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: I told Hhenning about Name Day, and he wondered what you did if your name wasn’t listed. As he moves in and tries to talk to her, the young girl seems to panic and brings out a petrol can, dousing herself in fuel and then striking a match. The Wallander series is mesmerizing in an odd way, a bit like a train wreck. May sidetrackee, Mr.

Normally I don’t care much for that style of mystery, as it removes the puzzle aspect of the book and turns it into more of a thriller, but it worked very well in this case.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. In this book, I couldn’t help but notice that many Swedish men pee outdoors. Give the Man sidstracked Break: Yet, the thrust of the story is not to analyze why Wallander thinks the way he does but rather to explore his thought processes as they occur.

Meanwhile, Wallander witnesses a young woman from the Dominican Republic set herself on fireand must also cope with his increasingly despondent father, who’s determined to make one final trip to Italy. I had to shamelessly plug old Ken, as I do in every Wallander book review. Even though she was still quite far from him and the billowing rapeseed hid her face every hennning often, he had the impression that she was quite beautiful. We might find Kurt enjoying a moment of pure happiness as he closes the bedroom door on the sleeping henniing of his daughter who sideteacked come to visit him.



He’s even nice to his father. Wallander and the farmer are horrified, and throughout the rest of the book Wallander is haunted by the scene of this woman burning to death.

It led to some unnecessary descriptions of things that offered no bearing or clarification. The yellow rapeseed fields billowed on both sides of the road.

Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell. Much better than the first Wallander book, imo! There are interesting work relationships – the mentor past bossthe colleagues Nyborg is especially interestingcounterparts from other police stations, and even the witnesses and victims. Tne cover my Kindle edition from Amazon had: These events include the mamkell interest in football soccer and the prospects of having his police force reorganized around him.

Henning Mankell spins a good yarn and he’s cornered the market for tales isdetracked dour, sad-sack Swedish policemen. The author takes the reader through the course of an investigation of several mwnkell murders by a young sociopathetic serial killer.

Please make a tax-deductible donation today! Book Review We all get sidetrackedit’s a human condition and a decidedly reactive one. I read and hennign to this and prefer the translation in this Kindle edition. In the distance he caught a glimpse of the sea. As the police struggle to piece together the few clues they have, the killer strikes again and again. It also has the silly flaw of making the killer one of those who decides to try to kill our protagonist, instead of hiding from the police, as a sensible murderer would do.

Mankell pits Kurt’s distaste for violence against the need for it.