The Troubled Man
Henning Mankell bids a fond if bleak farewell to his popular detective Kurt Wallander in a final mystery that looks back in more ways than one. Wallander himself is a pathetic figure: run down, diabetic, and suffering the initial stages of Alzheimer’s. Nevertheless he must confront ghosts from the past that are both personal and political when the disappearance of a retired naval commander involves him in a still-warm Cold War-era spy story. Luckily Mankell manages to give the suspenseful but otherwise downbeat tale just enough hope and dignity to make it a fitting closing chapter for Wallander’s remarkable career.