Hollander himself is by no means a perfect character, and his flaws and troubles in his private life feature throughout the series of books. Faceless Killers by Henning Mandell One frozen January morning at 5am, Hollander responds to what he believes is a routine call out.
An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely alive beside his shattered body, both victims of a violence beyond reason. Hollander travels across the Baltic Sea, to Riga in Latvia, where he is plunged into a frozen, alien world of police surveillance, scarcely veiled threats and lies.
Always Doomed to be one step behind the shadowy figures he pursues, only Wallander’s obstinate desire to see that justice is done brings the truth to light. The White Lioness by Henning Mandell In 1992, in Southern Sweden, Louise Akerblom, an estate agent and pillar of the Methodist church, disappears.
In South Africa, Nelson Mandela has made his long walk to freedom, setting in train the country’s painful journey towards the end of the apartheid. Hollander and his colleagues find themselves caught up in a complex web involving renegade members of South Africa’s Secret Service and a former KGB agent, all of whom are set upon halting Mandela’s rise to power.
Faced with an increasingly globalized world in which international terrorism knows no national borders, Hollander must prevent a hideous crime that means to dam the tide of history. When an old acquaintance seeks Wallander’s help to investigate the suspicious circumstances in which his father has died, Kurt doesn’t want to know.
Sidetracked by Henning Mandell Midsummer approaches and Hollander prepares for a holiday with the new woman in his life, hopeful that his wayward daughter and his aging father will cope without him. But his restful summer plans are thrown into disarray when a teenage girl commits suicide before his eyes, and a former minister of justice is butchered in the first of a series of apparently motiveless murders.
Hampered by the discovery of betrayals in his own team, lonely and frustrated, Hollander begins to lose conviction in his role as a detective. In a wood outside Star, the police make a horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in an attitude of prayer.
When Haman’s wife also goes missing, Hollander is determined to uncover the truth, but the investigation will force him to look back over his own past as he comes to the unsettling realization that even those we love the most can remain strangers to us… The Pyramid by Henning Mandell When Hollander first appeared in Faceless Killers, he was a senior police officer, just turned forty, with his life in a mess.
As police officers comb the property, Hollander attempts to get his new life back on course by finding the woman’s killer with the aid of his daughter, Linda. Hollander is a police officer who looks like a common middle-aged man whose wife and cute children love him and support him through anything.
Henning Mandell is Swedish writer who became famous after the publication of the series that follow the life of KurtWallander. This fictional character has been portrayed on screen, as well, and made Mandell work on creating new stories about him for more than a decade.
The story of Hollander was born in 1989, when Mandell returned to Sweden from Africa and found a different Swedish society than the one he had left. Mandell wrote 40 books in total, including the Hollander series, which have been translated in more than 40 languages and have been sold in more than 40 million copies around the world.
Although his other books are as well accepted as Hollander series, it was this famous character that made Mandell a bestselling author. In the series, KurtWallander is a police officer who constantly struggles solving his private problems.
His wife has died and left him alone with their rebellious daughter, Linda, who attempted to make a suicide when 15. In the first book of the KurtWallander series written by Mandell, an elderly couple is brutally killed and our protagonist is the person who needs to find out the reasons for it and the people who did the murder.
When it comes to his personal life, he continues to be lonely and constantly worries about his daughter and father. Now, Mandell gives us a glimpse into the life of a former Soviet country. This makes the mystery even more intriguing and the events in the story are surprisingly unanticipated.
Dogs of Riga is a proper sequel to the first book in the series and an equally good work that explores the human soul through the character of KurtWallander. In addition, his capability to make the reader feel like they are in the head of the characters is brilliant.
KurtWallander gives the soul into the mysterious story that engages the reader to put themselves into Wallander’s place. Hollander is a just a man who has the same problems that bother other people, but that doesn’t stop him to be a hero.
As previously mentioned, these stories move the plot to an international level to be more complicated and interesting. This puts Hollander in place of other types of characters as he acts like more than just a police officer.
This is one of the unique series you could find nowadays and Hollander is one of the most humane heroes in literature. As a detective’s apprentice for over 60 years now, I’ve had work-experience stretches in the offices of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie’s Hercules Poirot, Wilkie Collins’s Walter Hart right and Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe.
Peter Temple’s Jack Irish, Stain Larson’s Mikael Blacklist, Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, Taney French’s Antoinette Conway, Derv la McTiernan’s Cormac Reilly, and others have guided me along the way. Then he suddenly decided to travel to Egypt where he was arrested for trying to climb up the side of a pyramid (steeper than he thought it would be, he didn’t get far up it).
The shape of the triangular pyramid made some kind of murky, intuitive sense to Hollander as he grappled with a series of at first seemingly unrelated crimes and deaths. But as a reader (admittedly of English translations) I have a certain textual man in mind so surely that I’m wary of television versions pushing him out.
But isn’t that the hallmark of any interesting friend in literature: someone you can be up close to in a book but not have to find a taxi for at the end of the night? I am not surprised that one time, after writing 100 pages of a Wallandernovel about child abuse, Henning Mandell took his manuscript outside and burned it.
Inspector KurtWallander's investigation uncovers wrongdoing and corruption that extends to the heart of the Swedish establishment. The death of man from a heart attack and the apparently unrelated murder of a taxicab driver leads Hollander to a conspiracy that stretches far beyond the borders of Sweden.
Three young friends are shot in the woods during an elaborate Midsummer's Eve picnic. Entering an isolated farmhouse on what he believes is a routine call, Inspector Hollander discovers a bloodbath.
As her life slowly slips away, she whispers to Hollander a word that sounds like “foreigners”. When her dying word is leaked to the press by the police, there is an outbreak of racist reprisals in Star.
After killing a man in the line of duty, Hollander finds himself spiraling into depression. He has just decided to leave the police when an old friend, Seen Torstensson, a solicitor, approaches him to investigate the recent death of his father in a car accident.
Against his better judgement, a troubled Hollander returns to work to head what may now have become a double murder case. When Hollander investigates the disappearance of an elderly bird-watcher, he discovers a gruesome and meticulously planned murder: a body impaled in a trap of sharpened bamboo poles.
When another man is reported missing, once again Wallander's life is on hold as he works tirelessly to find a link between the series of vicious murders.