Wallander: Not your average detective

Faceless Killers (Wallander #1)Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What I have come to love about the Wallander mysteries is the way Mankell plants subtle, yet convincing “red herrings” along the way. Having read mysteries since I was a little girl, I consider myself to be quite good at working things out, but Mankell manages consistently to lead me down the garden path.

The character of Wallander is the most beleaguered, stumble-bum, haphazard man. He is perpetually injuring himself—tripping on stairs, hitting his head, scraping his knees.  His often inappropriate social behaviour makes him nearly unlikeable; he drinks too much, makes inappropriate passes at women and is somewhat neglectful of his father. He is redeemed only by his innate good heart and his love of his country. The thing about Wallander is that he is flawed, to the point of almost being a caricature, and yet we can find something about him that we can relate to. We all make mistakes in life. We all have relationship issues and we all have our vices and addictions. Wallander has every internal conflict going, yet we can’t get enough of him. Well, I can’t anyway!

On to the next book …

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Book Review: Wallander Mysteries

The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander MysteriesThe Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries by Henning Mankell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fantastic read! Each story is well-crafted and unique, all the while exhibiting the quirks of Wallander’s character that we come to know and appreciate in later books. I am so caught up in the world of the Swedish police procedural that Mankell crafts; it is not merely tactics, but sensitivities to Scanian culture and the natural world. I can hardly wait to leap into the next one. Fortunately, I have “Faceless Killers” in my possession; if I can just tear it away from my husband!

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THE JOURNEY

Step out
onto the stones;
the drive will carry you
to the path, that leads
to the trail, that winds
to the bridge, that crosses
to the town, that meets
the road, that will carry you
back home.
Each step you take is closer
to the last step of your journey.

Kat Mortensen©2011 Protected by Copyscape DMCA Takedown Notice Checker

Baby Steps

 

THE JOURNEY

Step out
onto the stones;
the drive will carry you
to the path, that leads
to the trail, that winds
to the bridge, that crosses
to the town, that meets
the road, that will carry you
back home.

Each step you take is closer
to the last step of your journey.

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Kat Mortensen©2011 Protected by Copyscape DMCA Takedown Notice Checker