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The Man Who Smiled By Henning Mankell Laurie Thompson,

  • Title: The Man Who Smiled
  • Author: Henning Mankell Laurie Thompson
  • ISBN: 9781565849938
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Man Who Smiled begins with Inspector Kurt 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 Hoglund, the department s first fThe Man Who Smiled begins with Inspector Kurt 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 Hoglund, the department s first female detective, proves to be his best ally as he tries to pierce the smiling facade 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.All of Henning Mankell s talents as a master of the modern police procedural, which have earned him legions of fans worldwide, are showcased in The Man Who Smiled, which is the fourth of the eight Wallander books published thus far in English.
    The Man Who Smiled The Man Who Smiled begins with Inspector Kurt 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 J

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    1. Our main character is a Swedish detective who is lost He s on leave suffering from deep depression from having to justifiably kill a man He s also disgusted with the increasing bureaucracy of the system and dislikes the new ways displacing the old He fears the administrative bloat of the system and envisions a day when all the administrators, former police officers, will simply pass paper to each in their offices Yet he is supportive of a woman detective who is put down in various ways by most o [...]

    2. The opening of the fourth novel in this series finds Kurt Wallander in a deep depression At the conclusion of the last book, he shot a man to death, and even though it was clearly a case of self defense, he s devastated by the fact that he has taken another man s life After brooding over the incident for than a year, Wallander resolves to quit the police force and is at the point of turning in his papers when a very bizarre case grabs his attention.An elderly lawyer has died The reader knows ri [...]

    3. Coffee was supposedly introduced to Europe by Dutch traders in the late 1600s I think it s safe to say that at that point, every Swedish detective immediately started guzzling copious amounts of the stuff haven t stopped this practice since It is of no surprise to me that Wallander has such bad insomnia when you come home at 3 in the morning drink a cup of coffee, is it any wonder that you re still awake at 6 30 Although I appreciate his dedication to duty, in that he just drinks coffee heads t [...]

    4. Book ReviewThe second review of two crime novels whose titles hint at laughter and joy, Mankell s novel The Man Who Smiled is in my opinion the best to date in the Wallander series In the first review, we discovered the significance of how morose Martin Beck finally came to emit a burst of laughter in the last paragraph of that novel The Laughing Policeman I find this significant Let s face it laughter, joy, humor, these are not exactly the words I would describe as pertinent to Nordic crime nov [...]

    5. This is my second book in this police procedural series, set in a small city in southern Sweden I found this less than fully compelling Here are some of my problems with the book 1 The pacing is slow, and the book bogs down a bit in the middle.2 The mystery at the heart of the book is suspected financial crime by the principal of a large and secretive complex of businesses The murder of several people, and the attempted murder of a couple of others, trigger the police investigation and apparentl [...]

    6. A Kurt Wallender police procedural or not since Wallender does not always follow police procedures It is best if you read these books in order even though each one is a stand alone in many ways, there are references in Wallenders personal life that will be unclear if you have not read the books in order This is book 4 1 is FAceless Killers, 2 is Dogs of Riga, 3 is White Lioness This book begins with Wallender doubting himself and dealing with the occurrences in Book 3 where he had to kill a man [...]

    7. Wonderful book Presenting truly how police work impacts a man s psyche The shooting, though justifiable, weighs heavily on Kurt A year has passed and he is resolved, after 25 years service, to retire from the police force.During a visit to Denmark, he is visited by Sten Torstensson, an old friend, now practicing lawyer in his father s firm His father had been recently found dead in an accident Kurt declines his request to investigate the matter deeper.Returning to Sweden, he finds an obituary fo [...]

    8. The Man Who Smiled is number four in the Wallander series, picking up some time after Wallander s experiences in book 3, The White Lioness As book four opens, Wallander is still on sick leave, and has made the decision during a period of incredibly intense depression that he will not be continuing on in his career as a policeman But all of that changes when a friend seeks him out to ask him for help regarding the case of his father s death The police had ruled it a car accident, but the friend i [...]

    9. There are many book related things I could say about the fourth Wallander installment The Man Who Smiled Stuff about the excellent introduction of Ann Britt H glund and Wallander as a character and the breakneck pace and the way the BBC adaptation of this differed in good ways and bad But reading this particular book led me to a realization, and I d rather talk about that.I have often wondered why, even though I am compelled to read detective fiction which at its best still tends to see the worl [...]

    10. Astenersi amanti del thriller mozzafiato.Leggendo i non pochi commenti negativi a L uomo che sorrideva doveroso sgombrare immediatamente il campo da un equivoco molti romanzi di Mankell, e questo in particolare, NON sono dei thriller e a ben vedere non sono neppure gialli finalizzati a risolvere il rebus dell individuazione in modo deduttivo o intuitivo del colpevole.Si tratta di storie che tendono a concentrarsi soprattutto sull analisi dell indagine, della struttura mentale e organizzativa deg [...]

    11. This is a real crock of a book.Wallander is depressed cause he shot a crim and still has relationship problems with his father which is just layed on as a break from the investigation to show that he has problems outside work.Is he coming back into the police after his bout with depression and hard drinking Yes he is and on day one he is given the case of a father and son pair of solicitors who are murdered And he is welcomed back as a returning hero.For a crime book this contains no red herring [...]

    12. Wallander torna al lavoro dopo un periodo profondo di crisi per la quarta indagine raccontata da Mankell Questa volta il colpevole per l omicidio di due avvocati quasi ovvio, ma mancano le prove.Pi che gialli i libri di Mankell sono romanzi sulla vita, sul modo di essere degli scandinavi Mi ha colpita una frase di Wallander riguardante il mestiere di pittore del padre In quante case, su quante pareti poteva essere appeso quel quadro con o senza gallo cedrone e con un sole che non tramontava mai [...]

    13. Un apparente incidente stradale, un avvocato freddato da dei colpi di pistola nel suo studio legale e poi il ritrovamento di una mina antiuomo nel giardino della segretaria dello studio legale delle due vittime infine una carica esplosiva nel serbatoio dello stesso Wallander, che rischia per un pelo di porre fine alla sua carriera e alla sua vita Ci sono abbastanza elementi per far presagire al lettore che anche questa indagine sar una bella gatta da pelare per il nostro investigatore Un indizia [...]

    14. This is the second Kurt Wallander book I ve read, and enjoyed quite a bit.Wallander is on sick leave after accidentally killing a man on duty, walking on a beach in Denmark, when a friend of his comes to ask for help He suspects the death of his dad was not an accident A few days later that friend is killed, and Wallander makes his decision to return to work to find justice for his friend, to find out who killed him, and what really happened to the father of his friend Before long, the secretary [...]

    15. This is the 4th book in the Kurt Wallander detective series and like all previous books, I enjoyed this one even than the one before This is primarily because I get to know Kurt Wallandaer a bit each time and like love him even with each book The Man Who Smiled was also filled with clues and intrigue that kept me fully engaged throughout in trying to solve the crime.Kurt Wallander is fierce and soft He has a gruff exterior but is very sensitive and soulful which is a big reason why I enjoy hi [...]

    16. 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 afte [...]

    17. Well, if I wasn t hooked on this author and his Inspector Detective Kurt Wallander I am now It s not that the mystery is so greatI saw the villain a mile away, but didn t get the motive It s in the thinking of what it takes to be a great cop that has me constantly thinking You have to have instincts, the ability to work around the clock, the knack to lie when necessary to get what you need to crack a case, and the grumpiness of Wallander to see angles in a case when other cops and detectives mis [...]

    18. Wallender is an old friend in our home from when he was first available in English This was an audio read, with a fabulous voice actor, who really got the different characters down beautifully We loved being back in Sweden, though felt a bit schizophrenic, because we ve been reading so much Nordic crime stuff, and also a bit of Harry Bosch, too Everyone seems to have left the police force, but only Kurt is welcomed back the Harrys in the other stories are still on the skids with their respective [...]

    19. Every time I read a Mankell book, I m reminded why I keep picking up one of his books out of hundreds on my to read list I just love his stories and his writing I read of Henning Mankell than any other authors, living or dead That must have said something, right Now that I have read most of his books, I am going to ration myself I want him to beat cancer and keep writing my fingers are firmly crossed and he has my prayers, I know that he will always be one of the greatest, as well as my favouri [...]

    20. I love the gloomy, foggy, windy, damp, or bitterly cold etc Swedish setting, which mirrors Kurt Wallander s depression, angst, and solitude The unraveling of the mystery is a bit less complicated than you d like it to be.

    21. This must be included in the Scandinavian crime phenomenon by the gravitational pull of others including some of Mankell s granted The bad guy the smiling one is so far from believable that it makes the book virtually unreadable I did finish it, but I don t remember why.

    22. I started and stopped this book several times, but the plot was engaging and the Wallendar character s point of view was well stated.

    23. Ein solider Wallander Krimi Wieder etwas k rzer als der Vorg nger, aber dennoch gut Vielleicht geht dadurch einiges sehr schnell, bzw sehr abrupt, aber trotzdem bleibt es gut Was ich immer gut finde ist, dass hier die Polizeiarbeit nicht derma en berh ht wird, sondern auch allt gliche Dinge aufgegriffen werden, wie das man zu Hause bleiben muss, wegen einem kranken Kind oder das es auch normale Arbeitszeiten gibt wie es in einen solchen Job auch m glich ist Klar, sticht da Wallander hervor, aber [...]

    24. Ormai Henning Mankell diventato, almeno per me, una garanzia infatti, anche questo quarto volume dedicato alle indagini del mitico, ma molto tormentato, Commissario Wallander mi ha conquistato.Ancor di pi rispetto ai romanzi precedenti, Kurt Wallander davvero il perno attorno a cui ruota tutta la vicenda all inizio lo troviamo in congedo, a camminare inquieto sulle spiagge spoglie della Danimarca e ancora sconvolto dai traumatici eventi raccontati nel volume precedente In bilico sul cammino da p [...]

    25. As far as a mystery goes, this was excellent I get a little tired of the social commentary included with Mankell s books, particularly as they are twenty years old I love Wallander though

    26. A problem that I have with almost all the Swedish novels that I read and there seem to be quite a lot of them is that often the language is incredibly stilted Since I m reading the books in English and I m not familiar with the Swedish language, I can only assume that it is a problem with the translation, that it must be especially hard to render Swedish into English and make it flow easily over the page Nowhere do I notice this problem than with the books of Henning Mankell I often feel like I [...]

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