One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

By Henning Mankell
Translated by Ebba Segerberg
Read by Dick Hill

The Kurt Wallander Mysteries: Book 7

16.00 Hours 07/01/2007 unabridged
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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 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.

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Summary

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A 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Satisfying in a way that has less to do with the wonders of forensic science than with the pure pleasure of rational thought.” New York Times
“Typical of the dense, intricate intelligence that Mankell brings to detection and crime writing.” Washington Post Book World
“Lyrical, meticulous, and stunningly suspenseful.” St. Petersburg Times
“Sure to please those who like weighty police procedurals…Mankell’s writing is deadpan and stark, the plotting meticulous and exacting.” Publishers Weekly
“At the beginning of this engrossing, cerebral crime novel, narrator Dick Hill’s reading has a chilly, remote quality that seems in keeping with the Swedish environs where the book takes place. And surely that is part of Hill’s clever approach in this work…Hill’s strategy becomes clear as the tensions rise, the emotions tighten, and the bodies accumulate…Hill’s detachment eventually gives way with concussive impact, and he reveals himself as a master performer who has been unfolding a plan from the start. We have always been in expert hands.” AudioFile
“Mankell remains central to the flowering of a new, distinctly darker strain of the European hard-boiled crime novel.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948–2015) was Sweden’s most-read author worldwide. His novels, which include the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, have been translated into thirty-seven languages with more than thirty million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize. He divided his time between Sweden and Mozambique, where he worked as a director at Teatro Avenida.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 16.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English