- Author Henning Mankell
I’ve been vaguely aware of Kurt Wallander’s morose tales, seen promotional shots of the TV show but never actually read or watched anything yet. I quite enjoyed the story, if you can enjoy such a horrific crime being investigated by such a depressing character.
The pace of the story was interesting - the rush of discovering the crime scene, and the initial investigation leading to a dead end. Then a big clue that once again leads to a stalemate situation. The jarring nature of it fit nicely with Wallander’s character, sometimes elated at how things were going, often grumpy and unwell.
His personal life isn’t helping things, but it’s nice that the author takes a moment to address the stereotype that all police detectives are divorced. A good read, and I’ll read another, but it’s probably not at the top of my list.