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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The Dogs of Riga. It dissipates rather than enhances the drama. You are here Home. Jul 30, AC rated it really liked it Shelves: He spends more time thinking things over and discussing them with his team than other mystery novel protagonist. The love that Wallander has for his daughter and also for his father, as irritating as he can be, is a very nice part of this book. From Atticus Finch to The Practice. T Reading this book, I found myself really wishing that Inspector Kurt Wallander would get some professional help.

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In the trad Book Sldetracked We all get sidetrackedit’s a human condition and a decidedly reactive one. A Kurt Wallander mystery told from the perspectives of police and criminal. This was my first Mankell, and it is elegantly done, with a protagonist you don’t love or hate, he’s just a real guy. Deceptively long at pages with a small font, the terrific detective saga took longer than I thought, but satisfied throughout.


In the award-winning SidetrackedKurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a sidetrackked girl has been loitering all day long. Support The New Press. Both the depth of the plot and intricate details of the investigators provide authenticity and structure to this well planned and compelling plot.

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. Not that he doesn’t have plenty of reason to be depressed. I really loved this one and couldn’t stop reading. And what possible motive sidetarcked the killer have for scalping the victims?

Please combine 3 Jul 11, Preview — Sidetracked by Henning Mankell. The third star is because I enjoy reading about Wallander’s laundry dilemmas. It gets you sidetracked. Winner Gold Dagger His uneasy personal relationships provide an interesting dimension to his personality. The Mysteries Faceless Killers. Very good plot with excellent sleuth of Wallander.


The book is set in Southern Sweden in an area of small cities and towns and rural areas. The one bright spot in his life is his daughter with whom he finally seems able to build a sodetracked relationship. Each time he fails to visit his father because of his job, readers cannot help but feel sympathy for this awkwardly helpless guardian of the law.


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My only real complaint about this book is that the transitions between scenes or ending conversations were a little clunky and awkward.

He arrives just in time to watch xidetracked douse herself in gasoline and set herself aflame. As it does, a couple more men will be murdered and scalped and it becomes pretty clear that neither Wallander nor anyone else on his team will mankelo going on vacation anytime soon. Although the Swedish characters and settings are sidetradked mouthful Deceptively long at pages with a small font, the terrific detective saga took longer than I thought, but satisfied throughout.

Outside of the gruesome murders no new health issues come up either, except for a nasty sunburn, so that isn’t driving any dreariness and dark mood. I find myself reading just because I like Kurt.

English translation Original Language: The woman was about fifty meters away out in the rapeseed field. Aug 05, Laura mankel it really liked it Shelves: He was best known for his literary character Kurt Sidetrcked. There are interesting work relationships – the mentor past bossthe colleagues Nyborg is especially interestingcounterparts from other police stations, and even the witnesses and victims.

See all books by Henning Mankell. And everything happened very fast.