Fog came rolling in from the sea. He was driving home to Ystad and had just passed Brosarp Hills when he found himself in the thick of the white mass.
Fear overcame him right away.
I’m frightened of fog, he thought. I should be scared of the man I have just been to see at Farnholm Castle instead. The friendly man whose menacing staff always lurk in the background, their faces in the shadows. I should be thinking about him and what I now know is hidden behind that friendly smile. He is the one I should be frightened of, not the fog drifting in from Hano Bay.
Kurt has made up his mind to leave the police force. His erstwhile companion, depression, has returned. Forced by circumstance and his official duty, Kurt has shot and killed a man and he can’t get it out of his mind. He’s drinking too much again.
Too bad about the stress leave, Kurt has to ditch the anti-depressants and get back to work after the murder of a friend.
I gave 4 stars because the very last bit of the book seemed a little forced. Up until then I revelled in this complex crime puzzle. But let’s face it, I love Kurt, his poor social skills, brooding dark soul and intellectual brilliance so, on a rating of personal satisfaction, I would give 5 stars. It’s still a terrific, horrific, intense story.
When I first picked up this book it was in paperback form and titled ‘The Smiling Man’. It’s the same book, however, as I learned the minute I’d bought the kindle version. I don’t mind reading the same book again, I usually re-read books after three years, but I should have looked more closely.
My Amazon link The Man Who Smiled: A Kurt Wallander Mystery