One Step Behind

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Henning Mankell

Narrated By: Dick Hill

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2011

Duration: 16 hours 3 minutes

Summary:

On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in eighteenth-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

Reeling from his father's death and facing his own deteriorating health, Wallander tracks the lethal progress of the killer. Locked in a desperate effort to catch him before he strikes again, Wallander always seems to be just one step behind.

'At the beginning of this engrossing, cerebral crime novel, narrator Dick Hill's reading has a chilly, remote quality that seems in keeping with the Swedish environs where the book takes place. And surely that is part of Hill's clever approach in this work'Hill's strategy becomes clear as the tensions rise, the emotions tighten, and the bodies accumulate...Hill's detachment eventually gives way with concussive impact, and he reveals himself as a master performer who has been unfolding a plan from the start. We have always been in expert hands.''AudioFile

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  • Angie Teal

    Another great Wallander crime novel, read by one of my favourite audiobook readers, Dick Hill. These crime stories capture the grim, sometimes tedious aspects of 'real' police work. This is no Hollywood fairy tale crime story with lots of action and a super-hero detective. Wallander is a flawed human being with a super-sharp mind and limited resources to work with. There is no miracles, just long hours, hard work, a hostile public and the team spirit of the Ystad police force. The killer was very creepy and almost outsmarted the police. High suspense and great writing. Love how it captures the Swedish atmosphere and landscape. It makes me wish I could visit there and meet Wallander, if he was real.

  • Nikkie

    It's beautifully written, beautifully narrated. True, it's not jam-packed with unrealistic action and even more unrealistic characters, but I think that is exactly what makes it a worthy read. For anything that's flimsy but (god knows why) "interesting, maybe one should read Patricia Cornwell or John Sandford.

  • ddm241

    I couldn't wait to get back to it! Yes--it slowly lead the reader, but it was never boring.

  • Susan

    I don't usually return a book before I finish it but this book was awful. I tried, I really did. The readers voice is incredibly boring. The CDs I did listen to (three of them) just seemed to drag on and on. I put it back in the box and mailed it back. There are too many good books out there to fall asleep on the freeway to this one.