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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
A great beginning to a series
posted by Anonymous on March 1, 2005Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
Realistic murder mystery
The thing I liked the most was the character in Kurt Wallander. He's very real and three dimensional. He had his own issues to solve and it involved a total different story arc on its own aside from the murder case so you're not entirely focused on the mystery. You also got to see the "human" side of Kurt as well which I enjoyed and very much liked. It gave the story a much more realistic feeling to it and not something sensation or "Hollywood" about the entire plot. Kurt had his own faults too and so did his colleagues. I also liked how the story also focused on the secondary characters as well (especially his partner Rydberg, who also has major problems of his own). It was great to see realistic almost "fleshy" characters in the book.
I guess what I didn't really like was I'm not used to this style of writing, so I was really expecting this big flash bang sensational ending where I would be left speechless. This book isn't meant to be that way. The case was closed, and solved and that was that. No big gunfight. No SWAT team. No hostages. No Channel 6 news helicopters flying overhead (har har). It was simple, clean cut, and done. Then again the entire book was like that; clean and to the point. It was like one giant puzzle being put together and having the satisfaction of having it completed on time. Nothing celebratory or excitement just job done, go home and relax. I suppose that's how it's really done and if so, then it's another good job at keeping the story realistic.
Would I read the books following this? sure, why not? it's a short read and I don't regret picking this book up. Although it's not exciting as I hoped it would be, it held my attention enough to keep me going, as I was curious as to who did it and why. Secrets were exposed, and closure was met, and all loose ends were tied. It was well done and complete.
Overall, don't be looking for grand excitement in this one. Just a good realistic police detective novel. It's realistic, and interesting as it takes you along a journey through Sweden and their way of life. It's definitely worth giving it a try if you're up for something mellow and a more on the serious side of the police force.
posted by Sensitivemuse on November 6, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2011
Boring... Don't bother wasting your time ... there are too many other good books
Dull dull dull. Packs all the excitement of Swedish snow drift. A couple of old people are brutally murdered and then ... nothing. Page after page after page and nothing happens ... until the last few pages when slow-witted detective Wallander solves it purely by accident because he's too dumb to figure it out earlier. This barely makes it as a short story. You can ignore Mankell. Life is too short to waste on this terrible mystery writer. There are so many other much better writers.
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