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An intricate and well crafted story read superbly by Sean Barrett who acutely depicts the work and personal strain experienced by Wallander, again emphasising the importance of the reader when selecting audible.
This is by far the best novel I've come across for a long time. The story-line is tightly-written and fast-paced; a real rollercoaster of a listen. Kurt Wallander's meticulous approach to the murders is painstaking and meticulous but very far from boring. His character is sympathetically drawn by Mankell, complete with his weakness and foibles, and includes a rather shockingly amusing habit he has (made me snigger, anyway!). Sean Barrett's voice is hypnotic, and conveys the ambience of both the country and the characters to perfection. I enjoyed 'Faceless Killers', but Mankell has outdone himself with 'One Step Behind', which borders at times on literary genius. I enjoyed it so much that when it finished I immediately started listening to it again.
I really hope Audible have plans to bring us more Wallender investigations in the very near future.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Just finished listening to this audiobook...'couldn't take the earphones out!' story totally compulsive, can't wait to download another book by MANKELL. The narrator has a brilliant and completely interesting way of putting the story across. I would class this book in the same league as the 'Dragon Tattoo Trilogy!'
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
As expected for this series. A little too contrived at the ending, with conveniently no phone or gun when the crises hits, but this doesn't hurt the story any. Wallander is a cop full of angst, you are compelled to read on, hoping his star will rise again while he's giving his very soul away to save the day for everyone else. Moody and intriguing, I give the story four stars. The narrator is one of my favourites and does a sublime job as always.
If you are cynical of the slick CSI-type of murder TV shows and books you may like the Mankell Wallender series. Nothing slick, high tech about these stories, not full of good looking young detectives, nor are there any gunfights. Just gritty, realist problem solving by a flawed individual and his team. Wallander is a great character, in many ways like Le Carre's Smiley. I have enjoyed the entire series but 'One Step Behind' is my favorite. At first listen Barrett seems a little awkward as a reader but now I can't imagine anyone else giving Wallender sound. Very good drama.