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by Henning Mankell

"Mankell joins the worthy ranks of such past masters as Georges Simenon [and] Nicholas Freeling."
--The Wall Street Journal

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  • About the Film

    Now a major new series on Masterpiece MYSTERY!™ on PBS®, starring Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander. Three 90-minute episodes based on bestselling novels of Henning Mankell: Sidetracked (airs May 10), Firewall (airs May 17), and One Step Behind (airs May 31).


    About the Book

    In the award-winning Sidetracked , Kurt Wallander is called to a nearby rapeseed field where a teenage girl has been loitering all day long. He arrives just in time to watch her douse herself in gasoline and set herself aflame. The next day he is called to a beach where Sweden's former Minister of Justice has been axed to death and scalped. The murder has the obvious markings of a demented serial killer, and Wallander is frantic to find him before he strikes again. But his investigation is beset with a handful of obstacles--a department distracted by the threat of impending cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous long-distance relationship with a murdered policeman's widow, and the unshakably haunting preoccupation with the young girl who set herself on fire. Fascinating and astute, Sidetracked is a compelling mystery enhanced by keen social awareness.

    "Presents Mankell at his best...if you haven't bought Sidetracked, do so ASAP." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

    "It is Wallander's voice...that captures us."
    --The New York Times Book Review

    A body is found at an ATM the apparent victim of heart attack. Then two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime showing no remorse whatsoever. Two open and shut cases. At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver he begins to unravel a plot much more involved complicated than he initially suspected. The two cases become one and lead to conspiracy that stretches to encompass a world larger than the borders of Sweden.

    "Well-paced...a thinking man's thriller."
    --The New York Times Book Review

    "Satisfying.... [Mankell's] Sweden, cold, isolated and brimming with disappointment--is as intriguing a landscape as Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles or Charles Willeford's Miami."
    --The Wall Street Journal

    One Step Behind
    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in eighteenth-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues--someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime--also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how. Reeling from his own father's death and facing his own deteriorating health, Wallander tracks the lethal progress of the killer. Locked in a desperate effort to catch him before he strikes again, Wallander always seems to be just one step behind.

    "Lyrical, meticulous, and stunningly suspenseful."
    --St. Petersburg Times

    "Typical of the dense, intricate intelligence that Mankell brings to detection and crime writing."
    --The Washington Post Book World

    About the Author

    Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written nine Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes (including the UK's Golden Dagger for Sidetracked) and generating numerous international film and television adaptations. He has also published many other novels for children, teens, and adults. In addition, he is one of Sweden's most popular dramatists.

    Born in 1948, Mankell grew up in the Swedish village Sveg. He now divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as a director at Teatro Avenida. He has spent many years in Africa, where a number of his novels are set.

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