A Troubled Man kept me involved from beginning to end. I hate to see this series end, but perhaps Mankell will give Kurt's daughter Linda a chance to exhibit her abilities on the police force.
Aside from the mystery involving the disappearance of Linda's partner's father, the novel is a reflection on aging. It is always on Kurt Wallender's mind. In fact, there may be too much of it.
Although I enjoyed the novel, there were several things that bothered me about it. Aside from Wallender's thoughts of aging and death, the anti-American sentiments grated a little. While the book was definitely much better than The Man from Beijing (a stand-alone, not a Kurt Wallender mystery), some of the same attitudes bothered me. The conclusion of the crime/mystery portion of the novel seemed incomplete as well.
Nevertheless, I like Kurt Wallender and am sad to have the series concluded.
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Fiction. Crime/Mystery. 2011. 384 pages.