Swedish Henning Mankell is arguably the most influential writer of Scandinavian crime fiction. Building on the tradition of Sjöwall and Wahlöö, Mankell uses the crime novel to shine an eerie and revealing light on modern society.
Mankell’s skillfully crafted characters are very human, and there is no superhero present to save the day. Instead the reader gets follow inspector Kurt Wallander and his team as they struggle to make sense of grim crime scenes as well as their personal lives.
The British critic Marcel Berlins ranks Henning Mankell among the greatest crime writers ever, and calls Mankell’s protagonist Kurt Wallander “one of the great modern literary coppers”. This enthusiasm is shared by actor Kenneth Branagh, who portrays the weary Swedish inspector in the BBC produced TV series “Wallander”.
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The Kurt Wallander series - In chronological order
- Faceless Killers
- The Dogs of Riga
- The White Lioness
- The Man Who Smiled
- The Fifth Woman
- One Step Behind
- The Pyramid (short stories)
- Before the Frost (A Linda Wallander story)
- The Troubled Man
The Wallander TV series (DVDs)
Other crime fiction