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The first new Wallander novel for a decade, and the final installment in the bestselling series from the godfather of Swedish crime

Every morning retired naval officer Håkan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. Then, one day he fails to come home. Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved but Håkan's son is engaged to his daughter Linda. A few months earlier, at Håkan's 75th birthday party, he was eager to talk to Kurt about a controversial incident from his past. Could this be connected to his disappearance? When Håkan's wife Louise also goes missing, Wallander is determined to uncover the truth but the investigation will force him to look back over his own past, as he comes to the unsettling realisation that even those we love the most can remain strangers to us. And then an even darker cloud appears on the horizon...The return of Kurt Wallander, for his final case, has already caused a sensation around the globe. The Troubled Man confirms Henning Mankell's position as the king of crime writing.

Reviews

A heartbreaking tale of descent into despair and darkness that serves as a totem for what great crime writing can achieve

Declan Burke, Irish Times

Magnificent

Financial Times

By the time you get to the end, you'll be wanting another. But it would be hard to beat this tale of murder and loss which leads back to the heart of the cold war

Daily Mirror

A plot as twisted and exciting as any Le Carre thriller

Daily Mail

It's a fine finale for the fretful policeman and it's hard not to feel you'll miss the old bugger

Siobhan Murphy, Metro

A novel that works on a number of levels: as a compelling investigation into a Swedish cold-war spy ring, a philosophical assessment of policing and its social function, and a very personal evaluation of a person's worth in the grand scheme of things...Written in Mankell's downbeat style (beautifully translated by Laurie Thompson) it has a fatalistic tone that is entirely fitting for the final testimony of one of crime fiction's great protagonists...a hugely satisfying novel that ranks alongside Mankell's best, a heartbreaking tale of descent into despair and darkness that serves as a totem for what great crime writing can achieve

Declan Burke, Irish Times

So The Troubled Man delivers in full as a whodunnit, as all the Wallander books do, beneath their impassive surface...The Troubled Man is a sorrowful - how can it not be? - but fully satisfying conclusion to a great series. No Mankell reader will think of missing it.

David Sexton, Scotsman

Unlike Larsson...Mankell's characters are complex and nuanced...The retirement of the terse, divorced, heavy-drinking Wallander is as significant as the retirement of the terse, divorced, heavy drinking John Rebus. This bleak, moving and gripping finale marks the perfect end to a brilliant career

David Stenhouse, Scotland on Sunday

To his fans this valediction will be greeted with sadness but it is also deserves applause, if only for the considerable services rendered

David Connett, Express

A fine finale for Mankell's fretful Swedish policeman, Hurt Wallander, and as the shadows close over him for the last time, it's hard not to feel you'll miss the old bugger.

Metro

Written in Mankell's downbeat style (beautifully translated by Laurie Thompson), it has a fatalistic tone that is entirely fitting for the final testimony of one of crime fiction's great protagonists. The result is a hugely satisfying novel that ranks alongside Mankell's best, a heartbreaking tale of descent into despair and darkness that serves as a totem for what great crime writing can achieve.

Declan Burke, Irish Times

Mankell is a category one writer in every respect.

Observer

This fine mystery, a fitting way to bid farewell to the wonderful Kurt Wallander, brings the frisson of old-world spy intrigue satisfyingly together with old-fashioned detective work...The detective work is painstaking, clever and fascinating as always

Time Out

The mystery element is well crafted here, but of secondary importance: Mankell, and we, are more concerned with seeing how Wallander is facing up to the indignities of old age...As this novel closes, Wallander seems more than ever a symbol of Sweden's struggle with its place in the world.

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

An eloquent, moving and fitting farewell to one of fiction's greatest detectives.

Janet Malcolm, The Times

The final paragraph, which reveals Wallander's eventual fate, is heartbreaking.

Julia Handford, Daily Telegraph

This is a fascinating book, beautifully written (and translated)

Literary Review

The Troubled Man is a moving portrait of a man entering old age.

Tom Shippey, Times Literary Supplement

If he stops now, this is a fitting conclusion. Moving with wonderfully sparse language, it is a magisterial march towards the great unknown

Big Issue Cymru

A tangled story of espionage and betrayal, with its roots in the Cold War

John Williams, Mail on Sunday

The Ystad detective's many fans won't want to miss finding out how Wallander, now in his 60s, deals with a cold-war mystery involving Soviet submarines in Swedish waters, as well as his new role as a grandparent and the spectre of his own impending dementia.

Anna Carey, Irish Times

The last Kurt Wallander novel was a fitting farewell to the fictional detective who sparked the Scandinavian noir fashion

Sunday Express

The first new Wallander book in 10 years is a bittersweet experience, as it also signals the end of our time with the sorrowful sleuth. ... it's portrayal of the inspector's mental and physical frailties that makes this an unexpectedly emotional read

Shortlist.com

But for anyone who has admired previous appearances by one of the greatest fictional detectives so far, this farewell needs to be read

The Times summer books

A magnificent finale, it's to be hoped that Mankell may be persuaded to revive his grumpy Nordic inspector, complete with his stomach cramps, failing eyesight and Ikea furniture. He is far too good to lose

Financial Times

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  • Paperback

    9780099548409

    March 1, 2012

    Vintage

    512 pages

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    9781448112593

    February 16, 2012

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  • Audio CD

    9781846573217

    April 15, 2011

    Audiobooks

    RRP $49.99

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    9781409019459

    April 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    512 pages

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