One Step Behind

One Step Behind

Book - 2003
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Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander investigates the deaths of three young celebrants after the Midsummer's Eve ritual.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003.
Edition: First Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2002
ISBN: 9781400031511
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: 1 step behind


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Nov 08, 2019

The ?7th? Kurt Wallander novel. Kurt is dealing with murder and his own mortality in that he has allowed his health to deteriorate into pre-diabetes. Maybe author Mankell is starting to run out of ideas for his creation, Wallander. Maybe author Mankell is starting to feel old himself. I have extremely appreciated Hammett, Chandler and Cain (James M.) and can say that, for me, Mankell is just a step below those great mystery writers.

Nov 05, 2019

What a delight to discover a Wallander mystery that I had missed. Although a long term character is murdered, I found the book to be great. What a treat to spend time with some of my favorite Scandinavian characters again!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

May 12, 2015

Excellent story line. I wasn't sure how Wallander was going to catch his suspect but the ending was better than I hoped.

Jan 06, 2015

Well-done! This story has been made into a movie, also.

FW_librarian Nov 05, 2014

One of Mankell's talent is the way he uses his main character's foibles to create an empathetic workaholic detective who tries to solve violent crimes while his own life is missing obvious relationship needs. In this story, it's not obvious why innocent people are being killed - there is no connection, or is there?

Jul 24, 2014

Swedish thriller about a serial killer killing people he dislikes who are "happy". The author of the story writes about the disillusionment of the detective: his life as a policeman and the direction of the case. I think the story is a bit long in leading us into false leads; the author seems of be filling the pages just to do so. It is also heavy on the role society may have played in the creation of this madman and the reasoning behind the killing seems to be a bit seems flimsy. A bit long at the end. Couldn't wait for it to end. Would not recommend.

Sep 03, 2011

I enjoyed this mystery, One Step Behind, very much. i had watched a number of the television movies of Kurt Wallander stories on the PBS series, "Mystery". The selection of DVD's of Kurt Wallander is limited in the S.C.C. Library;but they are all really good stories - both the books and videos.

Wallander is a conflicted but brilliant Swedish homicide detective, who has to wrestle with complex issues in his own life even as he pursues the criminals he seeks.

Henning Mankell writes beautifully and the story flows along well. It does not get bogged down in the turmoil and angst that the title character deals with. Instead, Wallander's personal challenges effectively add drama and interest to the book..


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