Friday, December 30, 2016

The Man Who Smiled

The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell  336 pp.

This book is one of the earlier ones in the Kurt Wallender series. Wallender has been on a leave of absence from the Ystad Police Department after a shooting incident that left him shaken and questioning his abilities. He is planning to retire when a friend approaches him about investigating the mysterious death of his father and law partner and is also murdered Wallender abruptly changes his retirement plans to investigate. The pittance of evidence leads him to a millionaire industrialist with a "too clean" reputation. The challenge is to find concrete evidence to charge him. Wallender wades through the investigation and his personal demons with the assistance of a young policewoman who, though being "fresh from the academy" is dedicated and savvy. The ending is a bit lackluster and leaves some unanswered questions. I listened to the audio book version and the narration was not stellar. The recording edits were very obvious and occasionally there were extra noises like the narrator swallowing (!).

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