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Summary

It is Midsummer's Eve. Three young friends meet in a wood to act out an elaborate masque. But, unknown to them, they are being watched. Each is killed by a single bullet. Soon afterwards, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is found murdered. Is this the same killer, and what could the connection be? In this investigation, Wallander is always, tantalisingly, one step behind.

©2002 Henning Mankell (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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Should be TEN stars!

This is by far the best novel I've come across for a long time. The story-line is tightly-written and fast-paced; a real rollercoaster of a listen. Kurt Wallander's meticulous approach to the murders is painstaking and meticulous but very far from boring. His character is sympathetically drawn by Mankell, complete with his weakness and foibles, and includes a rather shockingly amusing habit he has (made me snigger, anyway!). Sean Barrett's voice is hypnotic, and conveys the ambience of both the country and the characters to perfection. I enjoyed 'Faceless Killers', but Mankell has outdone himself with 'One Step Behind', which borders at times on literary genius. I enjoyed it so much that when it finished I immediately started listening to it again.
I really hope Audible have plans to bring us more Wallender investigations in the very near future.
Highly recommended!**********

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BRILLIANT

Just finished listening to this audiobook...'couldn't take the earphones out!' story totally compulsive, can't wait to download another book by MANKELL. The narrator has a brilliant and completely interesting way of putting the story across. I would class this book in the same league as the 'Dragon Tattoo Trilogy!'

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Thoroughly enjoyable listen and excellent narrator

Well, what can I say, I really enjoyed my first Wallander listen! I moved onto this as I finished the Nesbo Harry Hole books as I really love listening to Sean Barrett's narration and I wasn't disappointed! Won't give away any of the book but has some good twists to keep you listening! Have already got book 8 and just about to start listening. Haven't started these in order as the previous reviews drew me to this one and don't think I've missed too much of the history?

Great listen!

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enjoyable wouldn't begin to describe it

Having enjoyed the TV series, i thought i might like this choice, but was concerned that it wouldn't live up to my hopes, or that my 'knowing' the plot would spoil it.

however, it far surpassed what i expected. Totally enjoyable from start to finish- couldn't stop listening to it and didn't want it to end.
Narrator: engaging and just right. Characters and plot galore. Impressive understanding of life's experiences at times.

Advice: the plot won't be what you expect from the TV series, although the familiar characters and some events is comforting.
Don't plan to do anything except listen to this once you start it. Enjoy

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Compelling Storytelling

Forget and ignore and negative comments , this is a brilliant book expertly told. If you are expecting a fast paced American styled detective thriller then this is not for you. It moves at Wallander's pace, the pace of Southern Sweden and captures with precision both the heat of a Swedish summer and the bleak beauty of the country itself. I'm hooked on this series but would love to know why there are books missing in the audiobook series.

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Excellent story.

Henning Mankell is one of my favourite authors and the combination of his writing and Sean Barrett's narration makes for an excellent audiobook. This is one of the best of the Wallander stories in my view and I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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Thrill from first to last page

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The scene is set very local in southern Sweeden but the plot is a world scene thriller with a lot of suspense and surprising turns - you actually don't know where the story goes until last possible moment. Enjoyed every minute and would have loved the story to go on. A must read for every fan of Scandinavian police thrillers.

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Great performance of Sean Barett bringing the Scandinavian scene acros to the bigger audience.

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Excellent as ever

Where does One Step Behind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there with the best...compelling and entertaining

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry of course

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

Again it has to be Harry.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A twist at every corner.

Any additional comments?

Sean Barrett again reads this so well and engenders just the right atmosphere.

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Excellent story, well read

The story was interning and well pace. The reader did well with subtle performance.

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just like watching a 5* movie !

... what a brilliant plot, with red herrings galore, and a gentle escalating tension throughout until the gripping crescendo. What a performance by my fav narrator Sean Barrett, his total understanding of the plot meant that every word was vital. I feel I could listen all over again just for the sheer joy of his pronunciation, his delivery and his ability to portray all the characters so effortlessly. What a fine performance, and a superb book. But of course I'm hooked on Mr Mankell, a veritable master of the genre!

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  • 05-08-19

Another good book from Henning Mankel and

Another good book from Henning Mankell and as usual, well narrated by Sean Barrett. A multiple murder investigation becomes a search for a mass murderer. One of Wallander's colleagues is also found murdered and subsequent investigations slowly reveal he was not only involved with the case but he was a man with unexpected secrets that no body expected. This is a top tier effort for entertainment value with all the murder, mystery and suspense we've come to expect from Henning Mankell.

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  • DG
  • 21-06-11

Wonderfully read

An intricate and well crafted story read superbly by Sean Barrett who acutely depicts the work and personal strain experienced by Wallander, again emphasising the importance of the reader when selecting audible.