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By Henning Mankell Dick Hill | Comments: ( 926 ) | Date: ( Sep 16, 2019 )

This collection of five stories traces the growth of Swedish Inspector Kurt Wallander into a first rate detective, from rookie cop to young father to middle aged divorce, illuminating new facets of a now canonical character In Wallander s First Case, the twenty one year old patrolman s first homicide case involves his next door neighbor, seemingly dead by his own hand.This collection of five stories traces the growth of Swedish Inspector Kurt Wallander into a first rate detective, from rookie cop to young father to middle aged divorce, illuminating new facets of a now canonical character In Wallander s First Case, the twenty one year old patrolman s first homicide case involves his next door neighbor, seemingly dead by his own hand Wallander is a young father confronting an unexpected threat on Christmas Eve in The Man with the Mask In The Man on the Beach, he is on the brink of middle age and troubled by a distant wife as he unravels why a lonely man was poisoned Newly separated in The Death of the Photographer, he investigates the murder of the local photographer and discovers some well concealed secrets In The Pyramid he is the veteran detective uncovering connections between a downed plane and the assassination of two elderly sisters Over the course of these five stories, Wallander comes into his own as a murder detective, defined by his simultaneously methodical and instinctive work, even as he finds himself increasingly haunted from witnessing the worst aspects of an atomized society Written from the unique perspective of an author looking back upon his own creation to discover his origins, these mysteries are vintage Mankell and essential reading for all Wallander fans The Pyramid is a wonderful display of Mankell s virtuosic powers as an acknowledged master of the police procedural.


  • Title: The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries
  • Author: Henning Mankell Dick Hill
  • ISBN: 9781433289569
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Audio CD

About Author:

Henning Mankell Dick Hill

Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children s author and playwright He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.Mankell split his time between Sweden and Mozambique He was married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.



Comments The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    "Wallander woke up shortly after six o'clock on the morning of the eleventh of December. At the same moment that he opened his eyes, his alarm clock went off. He turned it off and lay staring out into the dark. Stretched his arms and legs, spread his fingers and toes. That had become a habit, to feel if the night had left him with any aches. He swallowed in order to check if any infection had sneaked into his respiratory system. He wondered sometimes if he was slowly becoming a hypochondriac."Ke [...]


  • Mal Warwick

    What is it about Swedish mystery writers?First (at least in my consciousness) there were the ten Martin Beck police procedurals of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, published from 1965 to 1975. Now we flock to bookstores and movie theaters to enter the world of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist, who sprang from the mind of the late Stieg Larsson in the captivating form of the Millennium Trilogy.In between there was Kurt Wallender, the moody small-town police inspector created by another masterful [...]


  • Brad

    I am closing in on the end of my time with Kurt Wallander -- only a couple of books to go after this -- and I am a little sad to be saying goodbye to the depressing Swedish cop. As Mankell says, "It is the fans who will miss Wallander." Just so. This volume is a nice beginning of the end for me. A stack of stories that span Wallander's career and give some fantastic insights into his character. It has the added benefit of being the perfect book for a vacation trip: five self-contained mysteries, [...]


  • Carolyn

    Kurt Wallander isn't just my favorite fictional detective. He's one of my favorite characters from any book. When I finished Before the Frost a few years ago, my heart sank at the realization that there was no more Wallander available. I missed his company. I missed hanging out at the Ystad police station with him, drinking endless cups of coffee, having meeting after meeting with colleagues in which the facts of a case are pored over yet again, in the hopes that this time, something new will be [...]


  • John

    The PBS series starring Kenneth Brannagh got me interested in Wallander, but reading this book really got me hooked. This seemed like a great place to start, as the stories fill in some of the gaps in Wallander's career as a rookie cop, and then later working his way up the ranks. On that score, there seems to be a pretty big temporal leap from "rookie" Wallender to the nearly fully realized one, but I guess an author can only write the stories he's inspired to write. As much or more as they fil [...]


  • Marsena Adams-Dufresne

    I am loathe to give this book only two stars because Henning Mankell is one of my favorite mystery authors and I eagerly await new installments (i.e translations) with his character, Kurt Wallander. (How thrilling to discover a PBS Mystery series of Wallander, played by Kenneth Brannaugh!) This book includes four stories that go back to the beginning of Wallander's career as an investigator, supposedly fleshing out those experiences that the other books only allude to. But I keep thinking that t [...]


  • Beth

    THE PYRAMID is a collection of 5 short mysteries by which Henning Mankell introduces us to Kurt Wallender when he is a 21 year-old patrolman investigating the first homicide of his career. In a foreward, Mankell explains that he has received many inquires over the years about what happened to Wallender in the years before he receives the phone call the begins the first book in the series, FACELESS KILLERS. Mankell acknowledges that there have been inconsistencies in Wallender’s story as it str [...]


  • Tim

    Henning Mankell is one of my favourite crime authors. His Wallander novels are darkly atmospheric, with a bleakness that is somehow compelling.The Pyramid is a collection of short stories written mainly in the late nineties. They fill in some of the earlier points of Wallander's career, starting with his time as a young policeman in the late sixties, and his very first case as a detective.I think perhaps Mankell's techniques of plot revelation work better in a longer form - I found that the paci [...]


  • Lobstergirl

    A rather unnecessary book - five stories that constitute a prequel to the Wallander series, beginning when Kurt is just a lad starting out on the police force in the 60s and not yet married to malcontent hairdresser Mona. Apparently there was a great hue and cry from Mankell fans, in the form of letters, wanting to know what had happened to Wallander before the series began. (Personally I never wondered. It was enough for me to believe that the divorced 40-something curmudgeon sprang fully grown [...]


  • Jessica

    disappointingough I'm a Wallander fan, these stories which follow Wallender's early career (written later) seemed mechanical, uninspired, the prose flat and unadorned. Some stories were better than others (wish I could remember which now). Mankell does better with novel-length mysteries than with stories I think. Just skip to the novels*. They vary in quality, but are generally much more absorbing and fun reads.*I'm referring here to his procedural detective novels, the Wallander books, not his [...]


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    رواية بوليسية ساذجة مكشوفة غير منظمة ترجمتها غاية في السوء.


  • Tittirossa

    L'unica cosa negativa di questo libro è che forse non ci saranno più indagini dell'Ispettore Wallander! Per il resto è ottimo, come tutti gli altri. Anche se immaginarsi Wallander a 20 anni è un po' difficile, di lui rimane impressa indelebilmente la pancetta, ed i suoi tentativi di mangiare in modo più equilibrato. 4 racconti eccellenti che gettano luce su alcuni dei comprimari: la figura del padre che si arrampica sulle piramidi è strepitosa, Mona ne esce già antipatica, e Rydberg final [...]


  • Jeanette

    Well this is truly an exception to my usual preferences. I ordinarily rather disdain the short story, like the novella much more than most, and dislike the most verbose of 90 adjectives a paragraph "lyrical" tomes of 500 plus pages. But here, not so much. In fact, I thought the 4 short stories were a full 4 and that the Pyramid length of fuller length was a 3. And thinking about this at length (I finished all these on a 7 day trip and never reviewed them)- I do realize that with Wallander on the [...]


  • Ape

    Jag har bara läst en Wallender bok innan dessa, alltså Mördare Utan Ansikte. Jag tror den är första boken i serien. Jag känner inte till Wallender så bra som detektivfigur, och han är fortfarande lite vag för mig. Med denna boken har jag fått läsa om hans förflutna, från början när han bara var tjugo-något och enkel polismupp i Ystad, framtills han är fyrtio-något och ordentlig detektiv kommisionaire eller vad status heter. Jag är lite glömsk med vissa detaljer. På sätt och [...]


  • Derek Baldwin

    I've grown very fond of the two TV series of Wallander with Krister Henriksson but hadn't read any of the novels. In a way these stories/novellas, written after the novels but set before them, are probably a pretty good place to start. Exploring some episodes in KW's early career, and his relationships with his father, wife, and daughter, none of the stories outstays their welcome. The last one, The Pyramid, is the longest and the best one. Even in the shortest stories I find the minute details [...]


  • Myer Kutz

    The book contains five stories, which set the stage for the Wallander novels, which I've thoroughly enjoyed, even with Mankell's constant tics (Wallender's father's paintings, etc.) The stories here, which follow wallander from his early twenties to around forty, are eminently readable - I eagerly went from one to the next and finished the book quickly. Wallender is a fully realized character, a ratheer downbeat one, to be sure. Maybe that's due to the weather: spring always seems to arrive late [...]


  • Cynthia

    I confess to having only read the first two of the five stories in this book. They're tightly written, intelligent and have intelligent psychology but I found them kind of grim and austere so I didn't finish the book. This set of stories is, I guess, a prequel to the Kurt Wallander series. I think I would find them less depressing if Wallander didn't spend so much time fighting with his wife and brooding over their cruddy relationship. I am probably more aware of this dynamic than other Wallande [...]


  • Leslie

    Novellas and short stories that take Wallander from the late '60s to the beginning of the case in the first book about him (that last paragraphs have him receiving the call about two elderly people dead in their farmhouse). If you're a fan of the series, you will absolutely want to read this. If you haven't read the novels, starting here would launch you into the series very well.


  • Jay

    What draws me to Wallander is that he’s at his base a normal guy, with normal problems. And the descriptions of his life are from inside his head, so you get that kind of voyeuristic view that seems at times selfish, but that come across as sort of endearing. And you get to know his personality, including those little quirks that everyone has but that are rarely public knowledge. And in most Wallander stories, you get the stultifying weather. This book, made up of 5 Wallander cases from before [...]


  • Gabi Coatsworth

    I didn't know the Wallander mysteries, apart from television, so when someone gave me a copy of this I thought it would be a good opportunity to find out if I wanted to read the rest. I don't feel the need to, now. The stories were OK, but set in the sombre landscape of the TV series, even though the weather isn't described very much. But the mood is dark, I guess, and I don't feel like reading anything bleak right now.


  • Jo Jenner

    I loved this but do not start it as your first Wallander. I have not read all the books but I have read enough to understand the nuances and clues linking no back to later books.A very clever collection of short stories that go some way to explain Wallander. I would have liked to have know more about his relationship with Rydberg and with his father but generally this collection nicely tied his history in to the man he becomes.


  • Varun

    The book has 5 stories of varying lengths that capture 5 different cases of Wallander's career starting with when he was a young cop wanting to be a criminal investigator in the late 60's to the Pyramid in Dec 1989 and January 1990. The stories itself are engrossing and well written. Of the 5 stories, the Pyramid was my favorite. I think in fact the Mankell could have written another 100 pages of it if he wanted and made another novel out of it(which he did not of course).I liked the way the cha [...]


  • Eugene

    There are 5 stories in this book. Longer short stories? Long stories. I'm not sure what to call them. Chronologically, they occur prior to the novels and they include Wallander's first case, when he was a uniformed officer who wanted to be a detective. Although the stories are about a younger man, they are unmistakably Wallander stories. He's cranky, absent-minded, moody. He means well but he doesn't always behave well. He worries a lot. He takes unnecessary personal risks. He knows he shouldn't [...]


  • Tony

    Mankell, Hennng. THE PYRAMID. (1999; this trans. 2008). ***. Most readers have a problem with fiction that doesn’t have the usual flow of a beginning, a middle, and an end. This is why fans clamor for more and more information about the early life of a character – the influences and events that shaped a character that suddenly appears before them in whole cloth. It isn’t clear whether the stories in this collection were previously published or were made to order to satisfy fan demand, but [...]


  • Karschtl

    Da dieses Buch chronologisch vor den anderen kommt, habe ich dieses nun auch zuerst gelesen. Mein erster Mankell also. Er ist hier erst 21 Jahre alt, und am Beginn des Buches noch Ordnungspolizist, der aber durch Zufall bei den Ermittlungen für einen Kriminalfall miteinbezogen wird. Er war es nämlich, der die Leiche entdeckt hat. Im Buch werden mehrere Fälle erzählt, zwischen denen manchmal Jahre liegen. Auch wenn ich normalerweise einen kompletten Roman Kurzgeschichten vorziehe, fand ich di [...]


  • Shari

    Wallander as young policeman, in love and unsure of himself, leads off this collection of four short stories and one novelette. We learn to know Rydberg and we learn about Wallander's relationship with Mona. His habit of knowing something he can't quite see clearly was established in the beginning. His self-doubt, his confusions about his father, the love he has for Linda and his concerns for her, all of these things we get to see develop.The crime stories are in some ways just bare bones. They [...]


  • Nick

    I picked this book up at my friends Larry and Gayles, fellow mystery lovers, and lovers of Kurt Wallender. This is the "prequel" to the long and glorious series of KW mysteries that take place primarily in Skane, southern Sweden, the spiritual inheritor to the Sjowall mysteries of a few decades back. In the forward Henning Mankell claims that he was led to write these because KW series starts when our hero is in his 40s, begging the question of how he wound up that way. I presume he back-wrote t [...]


  • Ruthanne Davis

    I first heard of and became a Henning Mankell and Wallander fan because of the PBS series starring Kenneth Branaugh. As good as that one was, I was then fortunate to see the original Swedish t.v. series which portrayed the often-depressed and socially discomforted Wallander even more accurately.So it was such a priviledge to start my reading of the series with THE PYRAMID, a collection of five novelettes that begin when our hero was a young rookie policeman in the little town of Ystad.Well writt [...]


  • Andrew

    These five short tales appeared last in the Wallander series but are chronologically first, making for a belated introduction of the character. There are no major surprises here - Wallander was ever unhealthy and overworked - and no changes to Mankell's method. Using his almost staccato timeline approach, things moving always compellingly forward, the stories never really catch as bona fide mysteries. The resolutions are always due to intuitions of Wallander's that are not really prepared by the [...]


  • Alisonpaddock

    I certainly agree with the reader who called this book "austere". I had read other, later, Wallander stories and was interested in how he got started as a detective. It seems almost as if Kurt became a detective by accident - a beat cop who is caught up in the mystery surrounding a neighbor's death, I don't know if the landscape fashions the personality of the character or not, but Wallander seems almost Man stripped to the essentials. He has his work, he occasionally has encounters with his wor [...]


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