Alexander Melnik Melnik itibaren Iginniarfik, Grönland
Once again on the search for Scandanavian mysteries beyond those of Stieg Larsson. Picked up my first in the Kurt Wallender series – very highly regarded by critics. Mankell is one of the most often translated European mystery writers. Kurt Wallender is an interesting policeman portrayed as a flawed human being in a literary style. The novels are in the same league as those of P.D. James, high praise indeed. The mood is dark and it's always foggy and rainy, and the cases are opaque and murky. You can see that these novels must have inspired Steig Larson who took the Swedish international crime and corruption theme in a new direction. This particular novel dates back to the early 1990's when computers were clunkier and radio phones not yet cell phones. Kurt has just returned from more than a year's absence from the Ystad police department because he shot a man in the line of duty and this event precipitated a breakdown. He has been called back when his friend has been murdered. Kurt is a loner at once stubborn and chaotic; he struggles with rage and alcoholism. Even so,from his weaknesses he demonstrates strength. He seems to possess a deep held moral compass in spite of his habit of not following police procedures. There are more than 15 Mankell novels, a reassuring fact to keep me going in the years ahead.
Cliched but amusing novel about a girl who is kind of actually annoying and can't get it into her head that she has a lot to be thankful for. Worth the read, I guess.
I used this book to prep for a teaching demonstration on World War II. Great book, colorful antidotes and really accessible language. But the text is 857 pages long...