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.
"It's an unforgettable finale . . . As satisfying for its emotional depth as its suspense . . . A gripping mystery." --"People "(four stars) "With his new Wallander novel Mankell ups his game and enters John le Carre territory. Not only does "The Troubled Man" widen the scope of the detective's investigations into the world of international geopolitics and the relationship of Sweden to the U.S. and Russia, it is a work of genuine heft and substance, a melancholy, elegiac book that is thoughtful and perceptive about memory, regret and the unfathomability of human nature . . . Marvelously astute about behavior and motivation, Mankell has created in Wallander a shambling central character whose unconventional personality is at least as compelling as the crimes he investigates . . . We can feel Mankell consciously saying goodbye to these people [from Wallander's past] and that he will regret not writing about them as much as we will miss reading about them. Which is more, really,
Henning Mankell, 1948 als Sohn eines Richters in Stockholm geboren, wuchs in Härjedalen auf. Als 17-jähriger begann er am renommierten Riks-Theater in Stockholm, das Regiehandwerk zu lernen. 1972 unternahm er seine erste Afrikareise. Sieben Jahre später erschien sein erster Roman "Das Gefangenenlager, das verschwand". In den kommenden Jahren arbeitete er als Autor, Regisseur und Intendant an verschiedenen schwedischen Theatern. 1985 wurde Henning Mankell eingeladen, beim Aufbau eines Theaters in Maputo, Mosambik, zu helfen. Er begann zwischen den Kontinenten zu pendeln und entschied sich schließlich, überwiegend in Afrika zu leben. Dort ist auch der größte Teil der Wallander-Serie entstanden. Außerdem schrieb Henning Mankell Jugendbücher, von denen mehrere auch in Deutschland ausgezeichnet wurden. 2009 erhielt er den Erich-Maria-Remarque-Friedenspreis.
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