One Step Behind by Henning Mankell


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Pleasure is a rare commodity in Wallander’s small-town Sweden. So when a nutter kills off one of our loveably depressed detective’s colleagues and starts going after anyone who appears to be happy, it is imperative that our hero get his man. In amongst the pursuit we get a glimpse of a changing 1990s Sweden which Wallander speculates is becoming more  intolerant, vicious and uncaring just as the economy embraces those vices as virtues. But where did he leave his mobile? And has anyone seen his gun? A little long, but it’s always worthwhile to spend a journey in Wallander’s company.

No. 35 of 100 books I intend to read and review in 2019.

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Patrick Sherriff publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting good fiction about Japan and featuring an original painting or sketch. He lives in Abiko, Japan, with his wife and two daughters.