One Step Behind

One Step Behind

A Kurt Wallander Mystery

Book - 2002
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From the dean of Scandinavian noir, the sixth riveting installment in the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series, the basis for the PBS series staring Kenneth Branagh.

On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in eighteenth-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues-someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime-also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how. Reeling from his own father's death and facing his own deteriorating health, Wallander tracks the lethal progress of the killer. Locked in a desperate effort to catch him before he strikes again, Wallander always seems to be just one step behind.
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2002
ISBN: 9781400031511
9781565846524
1565846524
Characteristics: 408 p
Additional Contributors: Segerberg, Ebba

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ilovewhippets
Jan 06, 2015

Well-done! This story has been made into a movie, also.

FederalWayEdna Nov 05, 2014

One of Mankell's talent is the way he uses his main character's foibles to create an empathetic workaholic detective who tries to solve violent crimes while his own life is missing obvious relationship needs. In this story, it's not obvious why innocent people are being killed - there is no connection, or is there?

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wilqser
Jul 24, 2014

Swedish thriller about a serial killer killing people he dislikes who are "happy". The author of the story writes about the disillusionment of the detective: his life as a policeman and the direction of the case. I think the story is a bit long in leading us into false leads; the author seems of be filling the pages just to do so. It is also heavy on the role society may have played in the creation of this madman and the reasoning behind the killing seems to be a bit seems flimsy. A bit long at the end. Couldn't wait for it to end. Would not recommend.

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paulsarkisian
Sep 03, 2011

I enjoyed this mystery, One Step Behind, very much. i had watched a number of the television movies of Kurt Wallander stories on the PBS series, "Mystery". The selection of DVD's of Kurt Wallander is limited in the S.C.C. Library;but they are all really good stories - both the books and videos.

Wallander is a conflicted but brilliant Swedish homicide detective, who has to wrestle with complex issues in his own life even as he pursues the criminals he seeks.

Henning Mankell writes beautifully and the story flows along well. It does not get bogged down in the turmoil and angst that the title character deals with. Instead, Wallander's personal challenges effectively add drama and interest to the book..

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