Book Review: The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
Title: The Troubled Man
Author: Henning Mankell
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: March 1st 2011 by Harvill Press (Mar. 1st 2009)
Genre: Mystery (Crime)
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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.
Its one of those weird things – I don’t know why I had this book on my Kindle but when a friend saw it he recommended it. Kurt Wallander books are supposed to be good mysteries to read. So I said what the hell and just read it. I should have checked because this book is the last in a series of 10.
That said it’s not a bad book. It’s just that the characters felt a bit unknown but that most probably is because I haven’t yet met them in the last nine books. Note to self: Read book 1: Faceless Killers.
The story revolves round the disappearance of Wallander’s daughter’s father-in-law and that draws Wallander into the case. As he investigates the case the mother-in-law disappears too. His findings point to a high level spy. But who is the spy and who is he/she spying for? These are the answers you’re looking for through the book.
The storyline has a lot of world politics and the political situation in Sweden over the years. I am not a great fan of politics and this bit of the book I didn’t enjoy so much even though I may have learned a thing or two.
Over all I’m glad I gave Henning Mankell a try and withhold hard judgment until I’ve read the first in the series – Faceless Killers.