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Mannen som log (original 1994; edition 2006)

by Henning Mankell

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Title:Mannen som log
Authors:Henning Mankell
Info:Stockholm : Leopard, 2006
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:crime & thriller, swedish, wallander

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The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell (1994)

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In my country of "make my day" and "bring it on," this book may be a hard start for US readers. Detective Wallander drops into a year of depression after shooting a bad guy. He is ready to quit the force, but he finally gets his mojo back and is ready to pop anyone. Happy ending.

(you get the sense the writer went through this too, maybe after being financially forced to write yet another Wallander mystery)

The book's mid-section, also, might be a hard read. In Sweden police have meeting after meeting after meeting. And the author invites the reader to every one. Mankell writes meetings well (as well as the chase scenes!) But they are still meetings.

And overlaying the story is the weather in Mankell's little corner of Sweden. Cold, foggy, muddy, miserable. Makes you happy you are warm and comfy with his book.

This book is an old man's lament. Well old for a cop--50. Wallander remembers when crooks were crooks. When you could tell the difference between good and bad. And cops did not go to computer school and meetings did not exist. You could just go out and nab the bad guys. No more.

I read Mankell to pick up pointers (I write mystery novels too). If the plot or dreary Sweden do not interest you, then read him as a case study in writing. It is worth it.

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  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell; (3*); (Kurt Wallander, bk 4)

While Wallander is a great character, I found him to be rather flat in this episode, the 4th of Mankell's series on this police officer. Actually, though I love this series, in this particular book every thing seemed somewhat forced & flat to me.
Neither Wallander nor the other officers responded to events as this reader would have thought them to, from reading the other books leading up to this one. Events & characters, villains & officers alike, just didn't reach out to me as in the past novels.
I am thinking that possibly Mankell was going through a bad time when he wrote this episode. ( )
  rainpebble | Aug 16, 2016 |
Another brooding Swedish noir from Henning Mankell. Great read. ( )
  sianpr | May 15, 2016 |
Following on from the events in "The White Lioness",this begins with Wallander poised to resign from the police. When the father of a solicitor dies in a car 'accident' and his son appeals to Wallander for help is murdered soon afterwards,he soon becomes interested and decided to continue with the case.
It soon becomes apparent that a rich and influential individual is controlling events,but because of his power in the country,it is almost impossible to even contact him let alone question him about his involvement.
½ a star is deducted for a slightly hurried and dare I say weak ending. ( )
  devenish | Dec 13, 2014 |
I have the rest of the Wallanders on order and I should pick them up very soon because I am rapidly becoming a big fan. I think what makes the Wallanders so successful is that they are not 'AHA' type of mysteries. The mysteries are solved but it is about the procedure and the emotional toll it takes on the people that is the focus. After the slightly long and drawn out 'The White Lioness', this one is more compact but hardly less enjoyable. Wallander is trying to come to grips with having killed someone and still seems exceptionally damaged when he gets pulled into the murder of two lawyers. What works so well is the battle of emotions that he goes through while trying to solve the case. Yes, there are chases and detective work and all of the usual stuff but it's the 'what kind of person' style that I also enjoy in the LeCarre spy stories that really makes it work.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
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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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"The Man Who Smiled begins with Wallander deep in a personal and professional crisis after killing a man in the line of duty; eventually, he vows to quit the Ystad police force for good. Just then, however, a friend who had asked Wallander to look into the death of his father winds up dead himself, shot three times. Ann-Britt H?glund, the department?s first female detective, proves to be his best ally as he tries to pierce the smiling fa?ade of his prime suspect, a powerful multinational business tycoon. But just as he comes close to uncovering the truth, the same shadowy threats responsible for the murders close in on Wallander himself" -- publisher website (December 2006).… (more)

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