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One Step Behind (original 1997; edition 2003)

by henning mankell

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Title:One Step Behind
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One Step Behind by Henning Mankell (1997)

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A very good mystery but much like the Morse books; Wallander is the primary focus. I like him more than Morse, he is a better detective, to start with, and also less of a grumpy enigma. The mystery was very well done but there were no heart-stopping moments of "Ah Ha". Just good plotting and plenty of suspense and much to enjoy.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
I haven't read all the Wallander books yet, but so far this one has the most intricate plot (which is saying a lot!). Really fascinating and unexpected turns. ( )
  MsGumby | Apr 27, 2013 |
The tension and the depth of the plot from each book become more and more interesting. In this we find Wallander looking for the killer of a fellow detective who was looking for three missing students. Simple yet terribly complicated and dark. Wallander's private life is the back bones of the series. We see him struggling with health problems, his emotional ups and downs. The plot keeps you reading but Wallander's personal turmoils makes you turn the pages faster. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Apr 6, 2013 |
Henning Mankell has created a fascinating character in a really compelling series. This particular book filled in a number of blanks in the Wallander legacy. Mankell, in an interview I heard recently, said that when he writes, it's with the knowledge there is extreme violence in this world. Humanity, too, but violence takes the upper hand these days. It may be true, though I hope humanity wins out. Either way, Mankell brings both to his novels, including this one. ( )
  bookczuk | Feb 6, 2013 |
A bit long and meandering at times but well crafted. I do wonder how Wallender manages to go days upon days without sleep. Someone near 50 with diabetes would be incoherent after a day or so. Surprised that once they had the name of the killer they did not do a vehicle check to see what cars he owned. I must be too much of a North American. ( )
  rsummer | Dec 1, 2012 |
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Det finns alltid många fler oordnade tillstånd än ordnade. Ur Termodynamikens andra lag
Uvertyren till Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi
There are always many more disordered than ordered systems.
- from The Second Law of Thermodynamics
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Strax efter klockan fem upphörde regnet.
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It is Midsummer's Eve, three young friends gather in a wood. In the still-sunlit, Scandanavian dusk, they don costumes joyfully to enact - or so it appears to an unseen observer - a kind of masque. The hidden watcher soon brings their performance to an end. His approach is careful; his aim is perfect - three bullets, three corpses. The murderer, then, carefully photographs the grisly tableau. The Ystad police station, meanwhile, is experiencing a summer lull, indeed Inspector Wallander is at last at liberty to attend to - albeit reluctantly - his deteriorating health, but his peace of mind is shattered when one of his colleagues is murdered. An unknown killer, seen by no-one, is on the loose, and the police's only lead is a photograph of three dead young people in costume. Forced to dig more deeply than he would have wanted into the personal life of one of his colleagues, Wallander's investigation reveals something none of his team could ever have imagined. However, they remain tantalisingly, terrifyingly one step behind the lethal progress of a killer Wallander would have to suppose was deranged if his methods were not so meticulous and his victims so clinically targeted.

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Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander investigates the deaths of three young celebrants after the Midsummer's Eve ritual.

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