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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846558077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846558078
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander mysteries are global bestsellers and have been adapted for television as a BAFTA Award-winning BBC series starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize, among many others. He divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique.

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This I very fast read & an interesting one.
lucille Corsentino
The story itself is very interesting (though fairly thin) and I read it with enthusiasm.
TS
It'll be good not to hear about this guy again.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
In October 2002, Kurt Wallander senses that, after more than thirty years on the force, his days as a homicide detective are drawing to a close. As the weather deteriorates, Wallander's mood becomes increasingly gloomy. He has no female companion to ease his loneliness; he shares a flat with his grown daughter, Linda, with whom he frequently squabbles; and he has thinly disguised contempt for meddling bureaucrats who put obstacles in his path. Wallander resents the fact that "more and more of his colleagues were glued to their desks, and had to work in accordance with confusing and meaningless priorities that were changing all the time."

In Henning Mankell's "An Event in Autumn," Wallander visits a house that is up for sale (he is thinking of moving to the country), when he spots a skeletal hand protruding from the soil in the garden. After the forensic pathologist examines the remains, she determines that the victim was murdered. However, the corpse has been in the ground for decades. Is it even possible to identify and punish the perpetrator? Wallander's superiors do not want to waste time and resources on this cold case. Nevertheless, the Swedish detective stubbornly looks into the history of the house's former occupants, hoping to find a useful lead.

This is a bittersweet tale in which, once again, Mankell displays his understanding of and sympathy for the human condition. The author has compassion for saint and sinner alike. Although Wallander's investigation proves to be challenging, his persistence pays off. "An Event in Autumn" is brief--under two hundred pages--but it is also entertaining, darkly humorous, and poignant. It is a pleasure to observe the insightful and tenacious Kurt Wallander tackling a difficult case in the twilight of his career.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Grey Wolffe VINE VOICE on August 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
As per Henning Mankell, this is not a ‘new’ Wallander story (it’s more of a novella). He had previously written it for the BBC as part of a series to get people to read. He had been reminded about the story, and decided to have it published. It comes just before “A Troubled Man” and contains his daughter Linda just after she joined the Police. Wallander realizes that he is getting close to retirement, and should start planning for that time.

Wallander has always wanted to sell his apartment, which he currently shares with Linda, and buy a smallholding in the country. A smallholding is a small farm property that would be a couple of acres but no longer a working farm. One of the detectives in the office has a smallholding to sell. It belongs to his wife’s uncle who has had to move to a ‘facility’ because at 92 his memory is beginning to fail.

So Wallander goes out to look at the property and is very excited to buy it. He works out a price that he can afford, knowing that he will have to put a lot of work and money into the property. It hasn’t been lived in for a few years, and before that the owner couldn’t or didn’t do any maintenance or renovations to the house. But he figures that he can do a lot of the work himself.

While leaving the house he trips over something in the high grass, but thinks nothing of it. Then standing at the car, something is bothering him, he goes back to the area to see what caused him to trip. What he finds is a skeletal hand sticking out of the ground. Being Wallander he has to find out whom the hand (and then full skeleton) it was and why it was buried there. Anything else would be a spoiler.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TS on August 18, 2014
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THIS IS NOT A FULL LENGTH NOVEL! Rather, this is an abbreviated story of sorts that has no real depth to it, the plot is thin and the mystery easily solved without any real twists. I'm saying this first as a warning to the reader because the publisher does not advertise it as such. Mankell has a long note in the back of the book explaining all of this and clearly the author does not represent it as a full novel. It was written in The Netherlands some years ago as a promotional story to be given out as a free book to crime readers. All of this aside, it is of course, a well written and interesting work! I greatly enjoyed Mankell's note at back explaining the writing of and end of the Wallander series. I always enjoy insight from an author on his or her writing. The story itself is very interesting (though fairly thin) and I read it with enthusiasm. If you are a fan of Wallander, you must definitely read this story for it is more about Wallander himself. I also find Mankell's note at finish to be intriguing. Just don't think that you're getting a full bodied novel and you won't be disappointed. I wish that this was clearly advertised by the publisher - which is why I just won't give it 5 stars. Call it what it is. If you are new to Kurt Wallander, this is an excellent series written by an incredibly strong author. Check it out. Arguably the best in Scandinavian crime, Mankell's work incorporates crime and mystery with political reflection and insight.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HarbinCreative on August 26, 2014
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I am a big fan of the Kurt Wallender detective series, having read most of them. I anticipated this volume by ordering
ahead. This is not a new, in the sense of just having written it, novel. It's something Mankell wrote earlier and found it
fit in the series just before the last volume during which Kurt is put to rest. The mystery or story is ok, but not sensational
or heart-pounding. Basically, it moves along at the pace that Kurt does as he contemplates retirement. It's a pre-retirement
story. It's not all bad, however. The best part of the book is the postscript during which Mankell goes into personal detail on how he writes, gets inspired, etc. That's worth knowing and getting if you are a zealous Kurt Wallender fan. I don't know if this review
helps, but I am on to Jo Nesbo's books now.
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