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Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
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Sidetracked (1995)

by Henning Mankell

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Series: Kurt Wallander (5)

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Detective Kurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a teenage girl has been loitering all day long. He arrives just in time to watch her douse herself in gasoline and set herself aflame. The next day he is called to a beach where Sweden's former minister of justice has been axed to death and scalped. The murder has the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes again. But his investigation is beset with obstacles: a department distracted by the threat of cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous relationship with a widow, and the unshakably haunting preoccupation with the girl who set herself on fire. Fascinating and astute, Sidetracked is a compelling mystery enhanced by keen social awareness.… (more)

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Ok. I'm hooked. I LIKE this writer, the series, the insights. It's a pleasure to read. He's got some great quotes, which I'll put in the quote section here of GoodReads, but just to tempt you:
"Among all the nonsense, mistakes, and bad ideas we come up with, maybe some truth will sneak in." (p.166) If that isn't a motto for life!

There were anti-mottoes as well. At one point, a prostitute is describing a group of people at a party."He)liked to bring people together who had the ability to live life to the fullest," she said. "Let's just say they were insatiable.Insatiable with regard to power, wealth and sex." I thought of Dorothy Day who also wanted to live life to the fullest ~ and this occasioned her conversion to Catholicism and a life of radical commitment to justice.

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  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
The only thing outgrageous was the killer and they usually are. Otherwise it was driven by the dogged approach of Wallendar w not too much personal stuff getting in the way. Very well written. If the kid and the girl would hsve goten away at the end it would have made a great Swedish ending. Forget Wallendar ad get Logar. Happened too quick after the drawn out book. He must have been ready to end it. ( )
  JBreedlove | Mar 6, 2019 |
Umano molto umano

Un libro di quasi 500 pagine. E' un giallo, un noir. Dove mi porterà in questo cammino così lungo? Un libro così consistente è come un'amico che non vuoi lasciare più, che ti tiene per mano a lungo e che, quando volge al termine, ti dispiace lasciare. A parte le indagini, i colpi di scena (molto soft), l'assassino da acciuffare, è l'atmosfera che Mankell riesce a creare a far sì che ci lasciamo condurre per così tante pagine senza avvertirne minimamente il peso. La Svezia, questa socialdemocrazia con uno stato sociale che è un modello di riferimento per alcuni di noi, viene raccontata attraverso uomini e donne con una sensibilità difficilmente immaginabile per un paese così nordico e dal clima rigido. Il libro fa parte della serie che ruota attorno alla figura del commissario Wallander, poliziotto non comune che si fa portare appunto su una "falsa pista" perchè nega a lungo a sè stesso una realtà cruda che non vuole accettare. Anche acciuffare un "serial killer" diventa un viaggio attraverso le mostruosità create dall'uomo, in un dolore che non si esaurisce con la risoluzione delle indagini, in un sistema che produce guasti cui è difficile porre rimedio. La catena dei delitti irrompe in una quotidianità investigativa fatta di una routine di una delinquenza piuttosto "banale", se pensiamo alle problematiche delle nostre latitudini. Ma fa emergere falle di ogni tipo ed insicurezze improvvise ed inaspettate in un sistema che, apparentemente, non abbandona mai i suoi cittadini. Una critica molto raffinata, rispetto al mio vissuto quotidiano, per una società con la quale farei molto volentieri a cambio, nonostante tutto. Molto bello e ben scritto.
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
Only took me three months to read this. It's a great book, but I have only narrow periods of personal reading time. ( )
  Christina_E_Mitchell | Sep 9, 2017 |
2 Kurt Wallander (Swedish) mysteries tied together

Kurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a teenage girl has been loitering all day long. He arrives just in time to watch her douse herself in gasoline and set herself aflame. The next day he is called to a beach where Sweden’s former Minister of Justice has been axed to death and scalped. The murder has the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes again. But his investigation is beset with a handful of obstacles—a department distracted by the threat of impending cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous long-distance relationship with a murdered policeman’s widow, and the unshakably haunting preoccupation with the young girl who set herself on fire.
  christinejoseph | Mar 22, 2017 |
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"Presents Wallender at his best...if you haven't bought Sidetracked, do so ASAP."
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Henning Mankellprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bjurström, ChristoferTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meij, Bertie van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murray, Steven T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Shall I bend, in vain, shall I shake
the old, hard, immovable bars?
- they will not stretch, they will not break
for the bars are riveted and forged inside myself,
and the bars will not shatter until I shatter too

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In the award-winning Sidetracked, Kurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a teenage girl has been loitering all day long. He arrives just in time to watch her douse herself in gasoline and set herself aflame. The next day he is called to a beach where Sweden’s former Minister of Justice has been axed to death and scalped. The murder has the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes again. But his investigation is beset with a handful of obstacles—a department distracted by the threat of impending cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous long-distance relationship with a murdered policeman’s widow, and the unshakably haunting preoccupation with the young girl who set herself on fire. Fascinating and astute, Sidetracked is a compelling mystery enhanced by keen social awareness.
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