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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,796 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henning Mankell Narrator: Dick Hil Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kurt Wallander Mysteries Release Date:
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This collection of five stories traces the growth of Swedish Inspector Kurt Wallander into a first-rate detective, from rookie cop to young father to middle-aged divorcé, illuminating new facets of a now-canonical character.

In “Wallander’s First Case,” the twenty-one-year-old patrolman’s first homicide case involves his next-door neighbor, seemingly dead by his own hand. Wallander is a young father confronting an unexpected threat on Christmas Eve in “The Man with the Mask.” In “The Man on the Beach,” he is on the brink of middle age and troubled by a distant wife as he unravels why a lonely man was poisoned. Newly separated in “The Death of the Photographer,” he investigates the murder of the local photographer and discovers some well concealed secrets. In “The Pyramid” he is the veteran detective uncovering connections between a downed plane and the assassination of two elderly sisters. Over the course of these five stories, Wallander comes into his own as a murder detective, defined by his simultaneously methodical and instinctive work, even as he finds himself increasingly haunted from witnessing the worst aspects of an atomized society.

Written from the unique perspective of an author looking back upon his own creation to discover his origins, these mysteries are vintage Mankell and essential reading for all Wallander fans. The Pyramid is a wonderful display of Mankell’s virtuosic powers as an acknowledged master of the police procedural.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The five stories in this outstanding collection from Mankell provide glimpses into Kurt Wallander’s early life as a policeman as well as paint evocative portraits of contemporary Swedish society…Like the Wallander novels, these stories rank among the finest police procedurals being written today.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Once again, Dick Hill uses his terrific understated style to bring the gloomy and self-doubting police detective Kurt Wallander to life. Hill’s effective timing always matches the action (Wallander in danger!), the emotion (Wallander’s depression about the state of Swedish society) and even the geography (rainy and bleak)…As always, it’s a treat to spend several hours with Mankell, Wallander, and Hill.”


  •  “In this retrospective collection, internationally bestselling Swedish mystery author Mankell proves himself a master of the short form…The Wallander series, which Mankell believes should be subtitled ‘novels of Swedish anxiety,’ are essential reading for all crime-fiction fans, and this collection adds an indispensable chapter to the saga.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The stories are brought to life by veteran audiobook professional Dick Hill, who has narrated over four hundred audiobooks and is the winner of three Audie Awards. He is justly famous for his use of accents and characterization. His rendering of female characters is a notably special. This is recommended to fans of Kurt Wallander in particular and police procedurals in general.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancee | 2/14/2014

    " A prequel to the Kurt Wallander mystery series. Five stories tell about his first cases as a young policeman and as Kurt the young man and Kurt the husband. Glad I read this book before I started on the series as it gives an insight into the troubled relationship between Kurt and his father and his ex-wife and daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dlhmoore | 1/28/2014

    " I was disappointed in these stories. I didn't find the writing very good and will probably not read another by Mankell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kay Wright | 1/22/2014

    " After watching a couple of the Wallender series on PBS I decided to dip into the written word and picked up this compendium of short mysteries that all take place before the actual series starts. I got the impression Mankell wrote them to fill in the blanks for curious readers/watchers. The book was enjoyable but I think I like watching this character more than reading about him. The last of the series on on the NYT best seller list which means we must have seen the last of Kurt Wallender. Too bad. Although Swedish, there isn't much that reminds you of any of the Girl books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 1/9/2014

    " These stories set up the Wallander personality as they take you through some of his earliest cases. "

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