Smiling people

30 03 2010

The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell

After killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Kurt Wallander finds himself spiralling into an alcohol-fuelled depression. He has just decided to leave the police when an old friend approaches him for help investigating his father’s suspicious death. Kurt doesn’t want to know. But then his friend is found shot dead. Against his better judgment, he returns to work to head what may now have become a double murder case. But while Wallander is on the trail of the killer, somebody is on the trail of Wallander, and closing in fast.

It’s pretty good stuff both in terms of plot and in getting into the Wallander psychology and probably the best of the sequence so far. Really rather gripping, extremely atmospheric and captures well the day to day frustrations of both policing and life. This is the first of the Wallander books where I’d seen the Branagh TV adaptation beforehand. Fortunately, the BBC had taken plenty of liberties plot-wise so really not a problem.

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