The Troubled Man : Kurt Wallander

  • by Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • Series: Kurt Wallander
  • 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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A good story, well read, but....

The story or mystery is very compelling. There were lots of loose ends left untied, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. However, I would suggest that when listening to this title you keep well away from the Gin. The book also deals with Kurt's advancing old age and slowly deteriorating mental state and there aren't many bright spots, apart from his grandaughter. I know it's not always the best time of your life, but there didn't seem to be any "let up" in the gloom and doom. Excellently read by Sean Barrett, who I hope didn't go and listen to his Radiohead back catalogue when he'd finished reading this - there's only so much a man can take.
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- Rosalind

Reflective and compelling

A compelling listen but not without its challenges. Apart from the intriguing tale of a missing person, a murder and Cold War politics this is a book which is about growing old and dealing with thoughts of past successes and failures, present dilemmas and relationships and the prospect of a future of potential ill-health. Although there are reflective passages these do not distract from the excellent mystery but I would urge listeners to make sure they only listen to this title when they have listened to (or read) every other Wallender title.
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- PP Merge

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-03-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks