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De terugkeer van de dansleraar (2000)

by Henning Mankell

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Title:De terugkeer van de dansleraar
Authors:Henning Mankell
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The Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell (2000)


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The book captured my interest, but when compared to the Wallander books, it did not measure up. I found some of the police procedures (or lack thereof) less than believable. The focus on the existence of Nazi spinoffs was perhaps the most interesting aspect of the story. The character development was perhaps the weakest. ( )
  Jcambridge | Jun 7, 2015 |
I picked up Henning Mankell because I read an article about how Patti Smith was so addicted to him she visited the author's hometown. This isn't one of the series Mankell is known for but it was a great introduction and now I'm hooked. I think I liked it better than Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole, although there are a lot of shared characteristics (including main characters who repeatedly do things that are stupid). ( )
  Caryn.Rose | Mar 18, 2015 |
I should have read this before Before the Frost because it introduces the character of Stefan Lindmann in his earlier life in Northern Sweden. Not a Wallander but a very well-crafted mystery with lots of great twists and turns and interesting characters and a wonderful sense of place.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
I love the way Henning Mankell writes. There is something so dramatic about each and every word. A warning though, his scenes of violence are not for the faint of heart. Even if you have never been victim or even witness to a violent crime Mankell makes you feel right there in the moment. It's as if the violence is happening to you. Very cringe-worthy material. Case in point - the brutal torture and murder of retired policeman Herbert Molin sets the stage for the Return of the Dancing Master. Stefan Lindman takes a medical leave of absence from his job as a police officer in order to battle mouth cancer. While in the waiting room of his doctor he reads about the murder of Molin. As a way to keep his mind off his illness Lindman decides to investigate Molin's murder as Molin was once a colleague of sorts back in the day. Lindman finds himself getting deeper and deeper into the investigation when another man is murdered. As he comes to realize Molin was not the man he thought he knew, Lindman starts to question his own relationships. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 29, 2013 |
Kept me guessing to the end. Some parts were easy to figure out but not all. I was left with some questions but that's not necessarily a bad thing. ( )
  ballfresno | Apr 4, 2013 |
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Mankell, known in this country for his Kurt Wallander police procedurals (Faceless Killers; The Dogs of Riga), sets this intricate, stand-alone tale of murder and intrigue in the vast pine forests of north-central Sweden. Stefan Lindman, a 37-year-old policeman in the city of Boras, sees his life, both professional and personal, as absolutely ordinary. Then he discovers a strange lump on his tongue; it's cancer, and his life changes dramatically. At the doctor's office he picks up a discarded newspaper and reads that former colleague Herbert Molin has been murdered in the northern forests. Because Lindman needs to take his mind off his upcoming cancer treatment, he decides to investigate Molin's death. As the details of the crime come to light, Lindman realizes he never knew the real Molin. The plot involves the secret world of Nazis, both past and present. The prose can be cold and spare, at least in translation: "There was a smell of paint in the house. All the lights were on. Lindman had to bow his head when he entered through the door." The unrelenting Lindman turns out to be an innovative investigator, though those seeking fast-paced action rather than meticulous introspection will be disappointed. Secrets are slowly and methodically teased from the evidence, and by the satisfying end readers with a taste for the unusual will find Lindman, and the mystery he solves, not in the least bit ordinary.
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Herbert Molin, a retired police officer, lives alone in a remote cottage in northern Sweden. Two things seem to consume him; his passion for the tango, and an obsession with the "demons" he believes to be pursuing him. Early one morning shots shatter Molin's windows...by the time his body is found it is almost unrecognisable. Stefan Lindman is another off-the-job police officer. On extended sick leave due to having cancer of the tongue, Lindman hears about the murder of his former colleague and, in a bid to take his mind off his own problems, decides to investigate. As his investigation becomes increasingly complex, it is with both horror and disbelief that Lindman uncovers links to a global web of neo-Nazi activity. Written with all the usual flair so highly commended by Mankell fans this intricate crime novel, with its cast of new characters, heralds the end of the Kurt Wallander Mysteries and yet, ultimately, it leads the story back to Wallander's Ystad where a new outstanding series of thrillers can begin.

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When retired policeman Herbert Molin is found brutally slaughtered on his remote farm in Sweden, police find strange tracks in the snow as if someone has been practicing the tango. Stefan Lindman, a young police officer recently diagnosed with cancer, decides to investigate the murder of his former colleague but is soon enmeshed in a mystifying case with no witnesses and no apparent motives. Terrified of the disease that could take his life, Lindman becomes more and more reckless as he unearths the chilling links between Molin's death and an underground neo-Nazi network that runs further and deeper than he could ever have imagined.… (more)

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