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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Preview — Sidetracked by Henning Mankell. Maybe that’s why we empathize with him. Mar 20, Brad rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am now officially a fan of the Kurt Wallander series. This The title mankel, quite make sense with the story — maybe it has some kind of double meaning in Swedish?

To be quite honest, the only reason that I keep coming back to Henning Mankell’s stories is because I like Kurt Wallander so much. Sidetracked First edition Swedish. View all 4 comments. Sign me up for: Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children’s author and playwright.

In fact, the novel opens with a chapter where we enter the mind of our killer. Yes, Kurt is a man who makes mistakes. You may also be interested in. More than once a character is asked how they could possibly deal with it. Write a customer review. This, while unknown to Kurt our killer in possession of keys to the hhenning waits for them to go to sleep.


Looking forward to the next Wallander and hoping it isn’t summer. The only mystery was whether the killer would come after Kurt and Linda.


He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander. I’ll read more in the series Wallander’s weak behaviour and procrastination when it comes to telling his girlfriend Baiba about the potential collapse of their holiday plans was enjoyable and made him all the more human, someone it is possible to identify with. The author takes the reader through the course of an investigation of several brutal murders by a young sociopathetic serial killer.

Mar 30, Vela rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Kurt Wallander mystery told from the perspectives of police and criminal. 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.

How does a person manage to balance his priorities in the world with conflicting events like these?

Fourth in the Kurt Hennihg series. The looming question, of course, is: He’s divorced, and during Sidetracked, is more or less in a relationship with a woman living in Latvia whom we never actually meet. The Man Who Smiled.

Outside of the gruesome murders no new health issues come up either, except for a nasty sunburn, so that isn’t driving any dreariness and dark mood. This novel falls into the category of a police procedural.

: Sidetracked by Henning Mankell

The overall impression is of someone who is fundamentally decent, who makes mistakes, but honestly tries to do his best. Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell. It led to some unnecessary descriptions of things that offered no bearing or clarification. The third star is because I enjoy reading about Wallander’s laundry sidetracmed.


As is usual, Kurt Wallander plays a pivotal role, in which his hennihg, well structured, attention to detail type of leadership forces him to question his own interpretation of this multi-layered series of macabre murders. He can hardly handle laundry. I enjoyed this book. In the description on Amazon it says it is the third so I’ll go with that for anyone wondering about the order.

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It will definitely not be my last. Distracted is a story about how a crime is solved, with numerous convergences and yes, distractions. Jun 28, Bill Krieger rated it really liked it. Sidetracked starts dramatically with a girl setting herself on fire – an ‘open-and-shut’ suicide case that affects Wallander not because it is suspicious but because it happened in front of him and he can’t understand why a young person would choose to inflict such pain on themselves.

Hrnning is still unsure of himself and his car license, and his laundry but obviously in full police mode throughout. Is it a Mystery? We are experiencing technical difficulties.