I first heard about David Lagercrantz when the fourth volume of the Millennium series got out. I must admit that I have it in my bookcase for over a year, and I didn’t dare to read it because I loved so much the first three books written by Stieg Larsson and his version of the characters that I am afraid I would be disappointed.
I decided to make an acquaintance with the writer and his writing style by reading another of his books first. I decided to go with “Fall of Man in Wilmslow,” because the Romanian title lets you the impression that it’s about Alan Turing’s life. Actually, it is all about his death.
David Lagercrantz’s fictional main character Leonard Corell is the detective called to investigate the death, which appeared to be a suicide, of an ordinary man. The author combined in a very talented manor the historical facts from Alan’s death investigation with fiction, stating some horrible truths about hypocrisy and human nature.
At the moment of his death, the only thing that the people in Manchester knew about Alan Turing was that he was a homosexual that was convicted to chemical castration.
The action of the book is linear, I didn’t hold my breath while reading it, I didn’t have the feeling that I cannot leave it out of my hand, but the whole book I felt anger and disgust. Not because of how the person who solved the German “Enigma” was treated at that time, even though he was a war hero and one of the greatest mathematicians that ever lived, but because that 60 years later the humankind is still as hypocrite as then and would probably act the same.
P.S. I enjoyed the book, but it didn’t convince me to read part four in the Millennium series