The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander Series #4)

The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander Series #4)

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The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander Series #4) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find this book very, very good. I love Mankell's way of writing - the crimes are horrible, the way to solve them very well written, the solutions so clever but also quite natural - he is not one of those, who seem to write thrillers only in order to surprise his readers with strange endings. Mankell also let us enjoy clear descriptions of the people you encounter they really come to life. Mr Wallander, the police man, is a well known person to me and everyone else who reads the books. We have come to know his way of behaving, be aware of his hardships and weaknesses as well as his strenghts and so much more about him. Hs relationship with his daughter and with his father is like stories in themselves. Wallander isn't a totally likable hero more of a real person - but he is still my hero anyway. Mankell can really bring Ystad and their police to life. As a Swede, I have read those books since they were first published and I keep longing for more. I congratulate all of you who are new comers to his books and I hope that you will be as addicted as me, because it is a sheer joy to read his books. I recommend them all - but please be aware that they include detailed descriptions of violence beside all the other masterful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Faceless Killers and Dogs of Riga, but missed the White Liones. This book was a nice change of pace from the first two books in the series, which I loved. This book changes the format a bit. You'll love the way this book unfolds. Kurt Wallander is the man.
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You will always struggle with when to stop in these books. Wallander becomes such an easy character to want to dive into the thoughts of.
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It seems that with every Wallander novel the protagonist is fleshed out more and more. Considering the genre this is quite an achievement. Add to that the fact that the story is extremely interesting and you have one hell of a novel.
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This installment in the Kurt Wallander series was definitely more plausible than others (The White Lioness, for example). I've read the French edition of the novel and found it developed the main character even greater. This story begins during Wallander's longest hiatus from the police force. An alcohol addiction and depression threaten his life. He has almost decided to end his police career when a friend joins him on a remote beach. Will Wallander decide to continue to serve the public as a detective or detach himself forever from his work? The gruesome murder of the friend who just days before asked for his help guides his decision. Ultimately, he makes the right choice. Wallander could never be anything but a chief inspector who uses all of this wits to capture the most unlikely murderers in the world.
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