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Kurt Wallander solves his last case before descending into dementia. As a Mankell/Wallander fan, I regret writing these words but find this ending somehow appropriate for the dogged detective whose case investigations never faltered despite personal life baggage and the infirmities of aging. The Troubled Man gives us Wallander working on a case of Swedish spys (who knew!)tied to submarines, Russia and the the good old USA while he grows to adore a grandaughter. This story deals the detective some blows with the death of a loved one and his ex-wife's mental health and sobriety problems. Despite his malaise and life's foilbles, the beleaguered policeman ultimately outwits the criminals and he and daughtter Linda come to a more mellowed relationship. The finely etched and eccentric character of Detective Kurt will be missed but perhaps Linda, who is impatient to return to police work, will carry on the Wallander name.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
It seems a satisfying tradition of Scandinavian detective stories that both the human condition and the individual psyche are examined in them. In the Troubled Man, the plot concerns a disappearance of two people that seems linked to spying dating back to the Cold War. Increasingly emerging from the background is Wallander's attempts to understand what is happening in his body and brain as he ages. He also reflects on the events of his past life and the continuing, in fact growing sadness associated with them. The result is a disquieting meditation on ageing and the fears it evokes within us as well as Henning Mankell's usual compelling storytelling. I find myself continuing to think about this story long after listening to it. The narrator does it full justice.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The story or mystery is very compelling. There were lots of loose ends left untied, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. However, I would suggest that when listening to this title you keep well away from the Gin. The book also deals with Kurt's advancing old age and slowly deteriorating mental state and there aren't many bright spots, apart from his grandaughter. I know it's not always the best time of your life, but there didn't seem to be any "let up" in the gloom and doom. Excellently read by Sean Barrett, who I hope didn't go and listen to his Radiohead back catalogue when he'd finished reading this - there's only so much a man can take.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
A compelling listen but not without its challenges. Apart from the intriguing tale of a missing person, a murder and Cold War politics this is a book which is about growing old and dealing with thoughts of past successes and failures, present dilemmas and relationships and the prospect of a future of potential ill-health. Although there are reflective passages these do not distract from the excellent mystery but I would urge listeners to make sure they only listen to this title when they have listened to (or read) every other Wallender title.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful