Remembering Henning Mankell

Henning-Mankell-postFans of international crime fiction are mourning the death of Henning Mankell, who passed away on Monday at the age of 67. He is considered one of the dominant figures of the “Nordic noir” subgenre, which examines darker social themes and provides something of an antithesis to the notion that Scandinavian countries are extremely safe. The Nordic crime fiction community has been quick to express their respect for, and admiration of, the late author; Icelandic crime writer Yrsa Sigurdardóttir said of Mankell that he “was undoubtedly the single most important person involved in bringing Scandinavian crime fiction to the rest of the world.”

In all, Mankell wrote more than 40 works of fiction and 40 plays. However, he is best known for his Wallander series, 11 novels that follow a troubled Detective Chief Inspector through various mysteries in the small Swedish town of Ystad. Although his bestselling crime novels were the most popular, Mankell also wrote historical fiction and several children’s books. His works were a favorite of Booklist editor Bill Ott, who wrote the reviews for many of Mankell’s novels. Bill also wrote about the author in several features, including the “Hard-Boiled Gazetteer: Scandinavia,” which discusses the landscape of Scandinavian fiction and its impact on American readers. In “The Back Page: It Began with Beck,” Bill takes a brief look at the origins of Scandinavian crime fiction and provides some context for Mankell’s international acclaim. Mankell’s works have also appeared in three Booklist Top 10 lists.

Below is a list of Mankell’s adult titles which received Booklist reviews. All reviews have been made public and no subscription is required to read them.

An Event in Autumn (2014)troubled man

A Treacherous Paradise (2013)

The Troubled Man (2011)

Daniel (2010)

The Man from Beijing (2010)

Italian Shoes (2009)

The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries (2008)

The Eye of the Leopard (2008)

Kennedy’s Brain (2007)

Depths (2007)the fifth woman

The Man Who Smiled (2006)

Before the Frost (2005)

The Return of the Dancing Master (2004)

One Step Behind (2002)

The Fifth Woman (2000)

Sidetracked (1999)

The White Lioness (1998)

Faceless Killers (1997)




About the Author:

Allegra Wozniak served as a Booklist intern in fall 2015. She is a senior at Lake Forest College studying English literature and print and digital publishing. Besides reading, her favorite thing to do is eat Little Caesars breadsticks and watch the Mad Max movies with her dog, Mango.

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