The Return of the Dancing Master

  • by Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Herbert Molin, a retired police officer, lives alone in a remote cottage in northern Sweden. Two things seem to consume him; his passion for the tango, and an obsession with the "demons" he believes to be pursuing him. Early one morning shots shatter Molin's window- by the time his body is found it is almost unrecognisable.
Stefan Lindman is another off-the-job police officer. On extended sick leave due to having cancer of the tongue Lindman hears about the murder of his former colleague and, in a bid to take his mind off his own problems, decides to investigate.
As his investigation becomes increasingly complex it is with both horror and disbelief that Lindman uncovers links to a global web of neo-Nazi activity.
Written with all the usual flair so highly commended by Mankell fans this intricate crime novel, with its cast of new characters, heralds the end of the Kurt Wallander Mysteries and yet, ultimately, it leads the story back to Wallander's Ystad where a new outstanding series of thrillers can begin.


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Deeply satisfying

I admit to being among the vast army of Wallender fans and approached this somewhat tentatively as a holiday listen. Detective fiction is not my first choice but I have had lots of it recommended to me recently by enthusiastic friends and relatives. As a result I was also reading a couple of other best selling detective novels by well known authors during the same period. It was clear to me that Mankell is in a class of his own. The plot, characterisation and literary style in this made the others seem somewhat childish and predictable. I have read a couple of other novels recently about neo fascism and WWII collaboration in Scandinavia and again "The Return of the Dancing Master" stands out as more perceptive and thought provoking. This is a mature and intelligent dissection of motivation and a balanced attempt to explain what went on and what is going on. As well as being a deeply satisfying intellectual work it also keeps you hooked until the last word. A special word of appreciation for the narrator on this recording: Sean Barrett's very subtle use of regional British accents to mirror similar cultural differences within Sweden is well judged and adds greatly to the listening experience.
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- Barry


This was my first Mankell book and I deliberately chose one which wasnt a Wallender book. The story simply pulls you in, fascinatingly revealing modern life and that of the past, and the intersection points where the two collide. I simply had to finish the story, and I wasnt disappointed in the ending.

the narration is particularly important and in this case was well up to the job. Completely loved it.
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- Mrs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-08-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks