The first 50 pages or so, are crucial for its success story as a book and TV-series. Very first police procedural from 1991 with Kurt Wallander, 42, recently divorced by Mona, rarely in contact with daughter Linda (19), enervated by his father who shows signs of dementia. He sleeps badly and has gained weight quickly. Will life improve for him as the series progresses? Strong debut about a double murder of an elderly couple on a farm preceded by severe torture. Situated in 1990, when refugees from e.g. Iran, Somalia and Rumania found their way to Sweden, police investigations are soon complicated by rumors that refugees and/or asylum seekers from nearby reception centers, could be implicated. Also, someone on the Ystad force leaks to the press. It creates tensions: within the national and regional police, with agencies for refugees and the asylum process. Beautifully-calibrated crime investigation full of movement and action, small irritations, human error and police risk-taking and heroism, with Wallander questioning his career choice 20 years earlier. And there is more violence to come… This brilliant old police procedural amidst political turmoil could easily have been written this year. What has Europe learned since 1991? NB: in 2008 Henning Mankell published a prequel called “The Pyramid” about young Wallander
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