I’ve already mentioned that I don’t particularly like Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and I’ve raved about the Danish crime series Forbrydelsen. I’d like to recommend another piece of Scandinavian crime fiction: Wallander.
Wallander is a book series by Swedish author Henning Mankell. It’s about a Swedish police detective called Kurt Wallander and his daughter Linda, who is also a detective. The two work together at the precinct in Ystad, a small town in the south of Sweden.
Several TV adaptations have been made (Kenneth Branagh stars the Brittish version), and I would recommend the series that ran 2005-2006 and 2009-2010, starring Krister Henriksson as Kurt Wallander.
Unlike Forbrydelsen, in which there is just one crime which is dealt with through a whole season, each episode of Wallander focuses on one murder case. This makes the show more easy to get involved with, and whichever episode you might catch will be interesting on its own.
Having recently re-watched this show, I think I know where the inspiration to Forbrydelsen came from.