The Disappearance: compelling Eurocrime

A teenage girl goes missing on midsummer night, after a festival. As it becomes obvious that she’s not coming home, and the police investigation moves from initial disinterest to a potential murder hunt, so it’s revealed that Lea was a young woman with many secrets. And she’s not the only one: just about everyone in…

Victim Without A Face: making a commercial killing

This notionally Nordic noir / Scandi crime novel will go down a storm with the mainstream thriller audience. The blurb compares it to ‘Henning Mankell at his best’… which is total baloney. Mankell wrote carefully considered police procedurals which use credible criminal investigations to explore sombre truths about conflicts in modern liberal societies. Fabian Risk…

Witnesses: a wolf in wolf’s clothing

International crime dramas are frequently compared to those stand-out Scandinavian series, The Killing and The Bridge. ‘Witnesses’ is one of the few which actually lives up to that comparison. It’s a stylish, slightly strange psycho-drama, full of mystery and intrigue. The tightly-woven plot threads confuse, confound and compel the viewer to devour the next episode.…

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…