Sidetracked is a crime novel by Swedish author Henning Mankell, the fifth in his Kurt Wallander series. Winner Gold Dagger Synopsis[edit]. 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. “For me, Henning Mankell is by far the best writer of police mysteries today. He is in the great tradition of those whose works transcend their chosen genre to.

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The man is so depressed that it makes me depressed just to read about him. Third, I’m not a fan of introducing the killer at the outset though his identity isn’t revealed until halfway through. Want to Read saving….

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The author takes the reader through the course of an investigation of several brutal murders by a young sociopathetic serial killer. He’s divorced, and during Sidetracked, is more or less in a relationship with a woman living in Latvia whom we never actually meet.

Rather, they seem to echo the sense of overwhelming chaos that has come with the quickening modernization of our world. Showing of reviews. There is violence the axe should give that away right up front but, like the sexual content, it’s not overdone or gratuitous. Wallander’s depression is made worse by the images he has to deal with in his work.


I began reading Sidetracked after we had started watching the British television productions of Mankell’s Wallander books, with which I immediately connected.

Aside from solving murders, he’s quite dysfunctional. 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.

Mankell has solidified me as his fan. Refresh and try again. Set up a giveaway. Mankell tells a story of a group of ritual ax murders. I’ve been reading many authors with that goal in mind: Are these simply random killings or is there an unknown link between the victims? Out of Print Markets: Sidetracted is a phychological thriller that is both fast paced and riveting. Feb 28, Michele Weiner rated it really liked it. What connection is there between a retired minister of justice, a successful art dealer, and a common petty thief?

It’s subtle and suspenseful. And Wallander has to catch him before European summer holiday.

In the meantime, we see the beginnings of another set of weird killings. And, as we know is often ehnning case with procedurals the antagonist is known to the reader before he or she is known to Wallander.

As we can see, here Mankell pits Kurt’s love of the Swedish landscape – a rare point of contentment for Wallander – against his job as a policeman.

English translation Original Language: It isn’t perfect and contains a lot of loose ends and things that aren’t followed through, but this reflects the investigation, and indeed life, in which some of the answers sidetrakced forever remain obscure. Wallander is a skilled detective but less skilled at managing his life.


The stories themselves don’t seem to be anything overly special, but the main character is oddly likeable inspite of being a grump and borderline slob. I like the dry, serious, battle-scarred detective who is bewildered by an increasingly unfamiliar Sweden where bad things, really bad things, can happen.

Mwnkell is his job as a police officer. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. And there’s a reason for that. Kurt Wallander ran into his first serial killer, and boy was he crazy.

As the police struggle to piece together the few clues they have, the killer strikes again and again. Both the depth of the plot and intricate details of the investigators provide authenticity and structure to this well planned and compelling plot.


man,ell The series is always a joy to read, and really fall into Kurt Wallander’s Ystad environment. Book Review We all get sidetrackedit’s a human condition and a decidedly reactive one.

In addition, a grisly sucide of a young teenager from the Domenican Republis at the start of the book sets the grim tone of the book.