Monday, August 20, 2012
We have just finished the first three episodes of the Swedish version of Wallander. I can't remember seeing many stronger series on US or British TV.
The casting is magnificent. The three leads--the actors who play Wallander, Linda Wallander and her love interest--are outstanding.
The TV writers and Mankell seem to have a real grasp of how to integrate the personal lives of the Wallanders with the case they are working on. The police never seem to just follow their nose around until they discover the culprit. (I do get tired of police interviewing suspects for 90 minutes). And all of these episodes draw on Swedish life/history in the crimes committed.
If you have only seen the British version of Wallander, this seems superior to me. You do have to read subtitles, but you quickly forget you're reading it.
What is your favorite imported series of crime fiction? This may come right after Morse for me.