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An Event in Autumn

An Event in Autumn

A Kurt Wallander Mystery

Book - 2014
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The eleventh riveting installment in the mystery thriller series that inspired the Netflix crime drama Young Wallander

Wallander is "one of the most impressive creations in crime fiction today.... An old-fashioned moral force and sense of disquiet of the sort rarely found in contemporary crime fiction." -- The Guardian

After nearly thirty years in the same job, Inspector Kurt Wallander is tired, restless, and itching to make a change. He is taken with a certain old farmhouse, perfectly situated in a quiet countryside with a charming, overgrown garden. There he finds the skeletal hand of a corpse in a shallow grave. Wallander's investigation takes him deep into the history of the house and the land, until finally the shocking truth about a long-buried secret is brought to light.

Includes an afterword by the author.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780804170642
Characteristics: 169 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938- translator


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This is a well written police crime novel. The protagonist's character is well developed and the ending is enigmatic. It keeps the atmosphere of the dark Swedish crime novels but we are just solving an 'autumn' crime and not the cold, sinister crimes of many Swedish novels. I will certainly look for more books by this author.

Dec 07, 2018

Looking for a light crime novel, I found this little Kurt Wallander mystery novella by Swedish author Henning Mankell. It had previously been the basis for one of the TV productions starring Kenneth Branaugh as the aged Wallander. It is an interesting read as Wallander attempts to solve a possible murder that took place about sixty years ago, about the time Wallander was supposedly born. The Swedes have a statute of limitation for murder, so a police investigation of such a crime is not for punishment, but just to help relatives determine what caused loved ones to disappear.

Feb 22, 2017

Nice little book. Not too complicated. Almost treated like a short story. Fast read. I always enjoy reading Mankell and his Wallander character.

Jan 06, 2017

An archetypal Inspector Kurt Wallander narrative: an interesting and methodical police procedural in a cold and wet Scandinavian setting. I always enjoy the simple, earthy writing style and the imperfect characters that Henning Mankell creates. This particular story is quite short – only 149 pages, so it is a good choice for reading on a flight or vacation.

Marc Dolgin
Dec 04, 2016

Thin plot line and little by way of interesting context. It reads like it was written on auto-pilot or dashed off over a week-end. Not Mankell's best or even very good.

Oct 30, 2016

Written in 2004 and published in 2014, this novella about a discovery at a house Wallander is looking to buy is a very pleasurable read. There is an excellent Afterword by Mankell about the Wallander series.

Dec 13, 2014

All of the Kurt Wallander stories excellent. The books along with the PBS series are good mysteries!

Nov 26, 2014

pretty boring for a mankell book.


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