A Kurt Wallander Mystery
The first new Wallander novel for a decade, the culmination of the bestselling series from the godfather of Swedish crime.
Audio of Henning Mankell talking to Sarah Crompton, recorded at the Hay Festival 2011. Every morning Håkan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. However, one winter's day he fails to come home. It seems that the retired naval officer has vanished without trace.
Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation but he has personal reasons for his interest in the case as Håkan's son is engaged to his daughter Linda. A few months earlier, at Håkan's 75th birthday party, Kurt noticed that the old man appeared uneasy and seemed eager to talk about a controversial incident from his past career that remained shrouded in mystery. Could this be connected to his disappearance? When Håkan's wife Louise also goes missing, Wallander is determined to uncover the truth.
His search leads him down dark and unexpected avenues involving espionage, betrayal and new information about events during the Cold War that threatens to cause a political scandal on a scale unprecedented in Swedish history. The investigation also forces Kurt to look back over his own past and consider his hopes and regrets, 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.
“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
“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”
“A plot as twisted and exciting as any Le Carre thriller”
“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