Wallander: More on Scandinavian crime fiction

Krister Henriksson as Kurt Wallander (left)

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.

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7 Responses to Wallander: More on Scandinavian crime fiction

  1. Kajsa says:

    Den Wallanderserien som är med Krister Henriksson och Johanna Sällström är så fantastiskt bra!

  2. Chiara says:

    I love Wallander! I have all the books and the tv series on dvd.
    Mankell is a great writer and they really did his work proud with the tv series. They are made so good and exciting. For me it’s also nice to watch them to get a glimpse of Sweden when i miss it :)

  3. lola says:

    I LOVE the Wallander films (and the books of course) I think the Krister Henriksson portrayal of Kurt Wallander is vastly superior to Branagh’s (which I consider dreadfully morose overacting). And as Linda–Johanna Sällström is perfect. To me the show is worth it just for her.

  4. Annelien says:

    My parents love the Wallander movies/series a lot! They even watch it in German or on the Belgium tv channels if the Dutch tv won’t let them haha. If there’s ever comming a box out with Dutch subtitels I’ll give it to them :)

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