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One Step Behind | [Henning Mankell]

One Step Behind

It is Midsummer's Eve. Three young friends meet in a wood to act out an elaborate masque. But, unknown to them, they are being watched. Each is killed by a single bullet. Soon afterwards, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is found murdered. Is this the same killer, and what could the connection be? In this investigation, Wallander is always, tantalisingly, one step behind.
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It is Midsummer's Eve. Three young friends meet in a wood to act out an elaborate masque. But, unknown to them, they are being watched. Each is killed by a single bullet. Soon afterwards, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is found murdered. Is this the same killer, and what could the connection be? In this investigation, Wallander is always, tantalisingly, one step behind.

©2002 Henning Mankell (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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    compo Isle of Bute Scotland 16/04/2011
    compo Isle of Bute Scotland 16/04/2011 Listener Since 2009
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    "BRILLIANT"

    Just finished listening to this audiobook...'couldn't take the earphones out!' story totally compulsive, can't wait to download another book by MANKELL. The narrator has a brilliant and completely interesting way of putting the story across. I would class this book in the same league as the 'Dragon Tattoo Trilogy!'

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy Ramsgate, United Kingdom 11/02/2014
    Lucy Ramsgate, United Kingdom 11/02/2014 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading but never find the time to pick up a book so Audible has been a great find! Addicted to good detective crime books!

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable listen and excellent narrator"

    Well, what can I say, I really enjoyed my first Wallander listen! I moved onto this as I finished the Nesbo Harry Hole books as I really love listening to Sean Barrett's narration and I wasn't disappointed! Won't give away any of the book but has some good twists to keep you listening! Have already got book 8 and just about to start listening. Haven't started these in order as the previous reviews drew me to this one and don't think I've missed too much of the history?

    Great listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MISS cowbridge, United Kingdom 31/05/2012
    MISS cowbridge, United Kingdom 31/05/2012
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    "enjoyable wouldn't begin to describe it"

    Having enjoyed the TV series, i thought i might like this choice, but was concerned that it wouldn't live up to my hopes, or that my 'knowing' the plot would spoil it.

    however, it far surpassed what i expected. Totally enjoyable from start to finish- couldn't stop listening to it and didn't want it to end.
    Narrator: engaging and just right. Characters and plot galore. Impressive understanding of life's experiences at times.

    Advice: the plot won't be what you expect from the TV series, although the familiar characters and some events is comforting.
    Don't plan to do anything except listen to this once you start it. Enjoy

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Maadi, Egypt 06/05/2011
    Diane Maadi, Egypt 06/05/2011
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    "Should be TEN stars!"

    This is by far the best novel I've come across for a long time. The story-line is tightly-written and fast-paced; a real rollercoaster of a listen. Kurt Wallander's meticulous approach to the murders is painstaking and meticulous but very far from boring. His character is sympathetically drawn by Mankell, complete with his weakness and foibles, and includes a rather shockingly amusing habit he has (made me snigger, anyway!). Sean Barrett's voice is hypnotic, and conveys the ambience of both the country and the characters to perfection. I enjoyed 'Faceless Killers', but Mankell has outdone himself with 'One Step Behind', which borders at times on literary genius. I enjoyed it so much that when it finished I immediately started listening to it again.
    I really hope Audible have plans to bring us more Wallender investigations in the very near future.
    Highly recommended!**********

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clive Bangor, United Kingdom 31/03/2013
    Clive Bangor, United Kingdom 31/03/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story."

    Henning Mankell is one of my favourite authors and the combination of his writing and Sean Barrett's narration makes for an excellent audiobook. This is one of the best of the Wallander stories in my view and I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz CIRENCESTER, United Kingdom 07/07/2014
    Liz CIRENCESTER, United Kingdom 07/07/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent as ever"
    Where does One Step Behind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the best...compelling and entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry of course


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

    Again it has to be Harry.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A twist at every corner.


    Any additional comments?

    Sean Barrett again reads this so well and engenders just the right atmosphere.

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    Hazel Gosport, United Kingdom 21/05/2011
    Hazel Gosport, United Kingdom 21/05/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"

    My first experience with this author. Found it repetitive, as though the reader needed to be reminded of things. Not keen on the ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Wonderfully read"

    An intricate and well crafted story read superbly by Sean Barrett who acutely depicts the work and personal strain experienced by Wallander, again emphasising the importance of the reader when selecting audible.

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