An Event in Autumn

An Event in Autumn

Book - 2014
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Kurt Wallander moves into a dream home with his girlfriend for a new start for the both of them. Wallander's dog unearths a skeleton buried under fruit trees in the back yard. It's a girl that was murdered 10 years ago. Wallander tries to solve the case as quickly as possible. At the same time a disembodied arm is found washed up on the beach at Ystad and he finds himself investigating two cases, years apart.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780804170642
0804170649
Characteristics: 169 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-

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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.

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voisjoe1_0
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.

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loudem
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.

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htliang
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.

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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.

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uncommonreader
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.

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bashum1
Dec 13, 2014

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

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myida112
Nov 26, 2014

pretty boring for a mankell book.

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