Linda is pregnant and invites her father to meet her partner and his family. Wallander has plenty of time to go to Stockholm for a seventy-fifth birthday party for Linda's prospective father-in-law, Hakan Von Enke, a retired Swedish naval officer and expert on submarine warfare, because he has been temporarily suspended for losing his service revolver. At the well-attended party, where Wallander feels terribly out of place, he observes that Von Enke is agitated, possibly scared. Readers soon learn why.
The Troubled Man is like many of the Wallander books in that its story revolves around a Swedish mystery with international factors. To this title, Mankell adds the issues of aging, seeing the deaths of contemporaries, and wanting a better life for progeny. This skillful and tender farewell to a character is not in any way predictable. Mankell resists formulaic endings. Wallander fans and new readers will enjoy this great book.
Mankell, Henning. The Troubled Man. Knopf, 2011. ISBN 9780307593498