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Wallandar Prepares for Retirement,
This review is from: An Event in Autumn (Kurt Wallander Mystery) (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.
At the end of the book, Mankell gives the reader an explanation as to how he came up with the name and character of Kurt Wallander. He also explains how he came up with the stories behind the first few books. Lastly, he emphatically states that there are no other Wallander stories out there or will there be any more. But, he doesn’t rule out that sometime in the future he might feel the need to continue Linda’s story. Lets hope.
Zeb Kantrowitz zworstblog.blogspot.com