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The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell

The Man Who Smiled (1994)

by Henning Mankell

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Series: Kurt Wallander (4)

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A disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted. Crestfallen, dejected, and spiraling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help and later turns up dead, Wallander realizes that he was wrong not to listen.… (more)

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After a long binge, Wallander's back in action to investigate the mysterious deaths of two lawyers. Despitei the large team assembled to solve the murders, Wallender sticks his own neck out and the result is exciting. Sweedish mystery culture is different.. I was surprised at the use of American idioms...like "sticks his neck out" and I think that it detracts from the book. Must have lost something in the translation from Sweedish to audio book. This one is worth a read if you're into the Wallanders. ( )
  buffalogr | Jun 14, 2019 |
I like that violence is not redemptive in Henning Mankell's mysteries. He has a complex approach to violence - it is not redemptive but recovering from it occasions a new birth (see pg.70-71). The detective listens to an inner voice and connects to something larger than himself."It might not take us to the Holy Grail, but it might lead to something else that we need to find." This is true of the new woman detective as well as of Wallender and perhaps of the prosecutor; in a less dramatic way, "something happened" (p.53).

That's what I liked - and why I will continue to read this man. What bothers me: what was the plastic container doing in the lawyer's car in the first place? ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Wallander's back in action to investigate the mysterious deaths of two lawyers. Another excellent installment in the series. ( )
  JBD1 | Jun 22, 2018 |
Another great book in the series. Always dark, dramatic and un-put-down-able. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jun 3, 2018 |
Mankell torna alla struttura classica: tremendamente scorrevole, non sempre originale, e infarcita di elementi cinematografici ben poco verosimili; struttura che stranamente rende la lettura del romanzo sempre interessante e avvincente. Considerato anche all'interno della serialita', sembra decisamente un intermezzo rispetto ai due precedenti, risultando privo di elementi innovativi. Togliendo l'ambientazione generale, la caraterizzazione del protagonista e la scorrevolezza della scrittura perderebbe ogni motivo di essere letto. ( )
  Mlvtrglvn | Jan 5, 2018 |
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When Henning Mankell, the most famous Swedish writer since Strindberg, published the first Kurt Wallander mystery 14 years ago, he could not have imagined how successful they would be. In Sweden the series triumphed overnight; worldwide it has sold in excess of 20 million copies. British readers were slow to catch up.The Man Who Smiled is the fourth Kurt Wallander book, originally published in Sweden in 1994. It opens with a road accident in thick fog in which a solicitor crashes his car and dies.Questions of responsibility and morality, of justice and democracy are explicitly raised, which is unusual in detective fiction.Wallander, a sternly pensive slogger who eats junk food, is one of the most credible creations in contemporary crime fiction, and The Man Who Smiled is vintage Nordic storytelling.
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"Vad vi har anledning att frukta är inte de stora männens omoral, men det faktum att omoral ofta leder till storhet." De Tocqueville
"It is not so much the sight of immorality of the great that is to be feared as that of immorality leading to greatness" Alexis De Tocqueville
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Dimman. Den var som ett ljudlöst smygande rovdjur, tänkte han.
Fog. A silent, stealthy beast of prey.
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Sinopsis de la contratapa: Lo último que ha visto un abogado, antes de ser asesinado, es un muñeco del tamaño de un hombre atravesado en la carretera, donde se vio obligado a detenerse en medio de la espesa niebla. Este extraño comienzo, cargado de una atmósfera de misterio tan clásica, es el punto de partida de un complicado caso de delincuencia económica en las altas esferas.
Pero es también el inicio de un enfrentamiento cada vez más personal del inspector Wallander con un adinerado, sonriente y autoritario mecenas. Sintiendo a cada paso su vida amenazada, el inspector se ganará el respeto de su enemigo pero no se detendrá hasta borrar esa sonrisa de su rostro.
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