Sidetracked

Sidetracked

Book - 2003
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From the dean of Scandinavian noir, the fourth riveting installment in the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series, the basis for the PBS series staring Kenneth Branagh.

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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003, c1999.
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed. --
ISBN: 9781400031566
1400031567
Characteristics: 420 p. : map. --
Additional Contributors: Murray, Steven T.

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DeirdreJane
Mar 12, 2015

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ndexter
Feb 09, 2014

Mankell uniquely uses inclusion in this an other Kurt Wallender tales, in his crime solving team, and the reader as well. It is difficult for the reader as a psuedo member of the team listening to views, logic, and decision making, while being privy to information, profile of the antagonist, while being exposure to more facets of the storyline.
Sadly, unexplained is the antagon- ist's development and/or reason(s) for the brutal ritual used on the victims, and why this reasoning was extented to the killing of Kurt Wallander and his daughter. Also, the 14 year old antagonist (in 7 of the last remaining pages) axe is unstoppable against the police and their guns.

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GerryAdams
Sep 08, 2011

Gory

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