It was so hot again this weekend that I decided to play a BBC video of the Kurt Wallander crime dramas. Kurt Wallander is the detective creation of Henning Mankell. Manell is a famous Scandinavian crime writer well before Stieg Larsson came on scene. The DVD stars Kenneth Branagh as Wallander. There are three 90 minute movies. I thought they were excellent, if perhaps not for the faint of heart. It really makes me want to read more Henning Mankell, particularly after viewing the extra bits on the DVD of his interviews with Branagh. I’m off to find the first in the series, Faceless Killers. Mankell doesn’t just write Wallander books, even though he is most notably recognized for them. Henning Mankell masterfully draws our attention to social issues through his novels. Human drama and violent acts are the same in every climate.
All of this reinforces the need to keep checking Detectives Beyond Borders to find out what the rest of the world is reading. And amazingly enough look what I just found there, a link to a Scandinavian Crime Fiction website. And blog. This should add a chill to your summer reading.