The Troubled Man

Version: Unabridged
Author: Henning Mankell
Narrator: Robin Sachs
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: March 2011
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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The much-anticipated return of Henning Mankell’s brilliant, brooding detective, Kurt Wallander.

On a winter day in 2008, Håkan von Enke, a retired high-ranking naval officer, vanishes during his daily walk in a forest near Stockholm. The investigation into his disappearance falls under the jurisdiction of the Stockholm police. It has nothing to do with Wallander—officially. But von Enke is his daughter’s future father-in-law. And so, with his inimitable disregard for normal procedure, Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility, making promises he won’t keep, telling lies when it suits him—and getting results. But the results hint at elaborate Cold War espionage activities that seem inextricably confounding, even to Wallander, who, in any case, is troubled in more personal ways as well. Negligent of his health, he’s become convinced that, having turned sixty, he is on the threshold of senility. Desperate to live up to the hope that a new granddaughter represents, he is continually haunted by his past. And looking toward the future with profound uncertainty, he will have no choice but to come face-to-face with his most intractable adversary: himself.

Reviews (2)

Wallander's swan song

Written by Angie Teal on March 15th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The remarkable conclusion to the Wallander mystery series. Wallander is at his best resolving the mystery around the disappearance of his future son-in-law's parents. And that despite the fact that his physical and mental health is failing. I love the rational and almost sombre atmosphere and the lack of drama in Henning Mankell's books. It shows methodical police work without hollywood action. One of the best crime series I have read.

Literate and satisfying

Written by norasan on October 21st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The character of Scandinavia -- blunt, unsentimental and supremely rational on one level and yet taciturn on another -- comes through in this closing story of the Swedish detective Kurt Wallander. I was fascinated by the spy mystery, which on its own might not make much of a story, by the way Wallander relates to his daughter and to his daughter's upper-crust in-laws-to-be. I was bemused by the way he manages his emotional life and his health. It's a story without romance, even though a section of it features W.'s grief over a long-ago love affair and the death of his former lover. Refreshingly different.

Author Details

Author Details

Mankell, Henning

Henning Mankell is Sweden's bestselling author worldwide. His novels have been translated into thirty-seven languages with more than 30 million copies in print. The winner of many prizes, he divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he has worked as a director at Teatro Avenida since 1985. Ebba Segerberg has translated four of Henning Mankell's novels. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, where she lives.