Wallander: powerful performances to the very end

The final episodes of this Swedish interpretation of Wallander more than live up to the high standards of the earlier series. Given the lead character’s situation – his gradual acceptance of intellectual decline and the onset of dementia – they have the potential to be mawkish, morbid or just plain miserable. But instead each 90-minute…

First Contract: meet JJ Stoner in a quick Kindle thriller

In ‘First Contract’ we meet JJ Stoner and the Hard Man, central characters from the Killing Sisters series of novels. A decade ago, JJ Stoner was a soldier. He killed people for a living and made no bones about it. On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert, when British blood stained the sand, he…

Justice, Inc: savvy, somewhat savage short stabs

This caustic collection of ten satirical stories certainly sticks the knife into some of the less appealing characteristics of modern-day American (and European) social behaviour. Author Dale Bridges deftly employs the time-honoured device of isolating a single theme or talking point, and exaggerating it to extremes in a near-future alternate reality. He’s created a collection…

11.6: an entertaining enigma wrapped in a pretty puzzle

This subtitled French-language drama tells a true-life story of a remarkable robbery; one where 11.6 million euros is stolen from an armoured car without blood or brutality. Even more remarkably, the robber then – seemingly – allows the police to find the majority of the money and turns himself in…   I say ‘seemingly’ because…