Hollander himself is by no means a perfect character, and his flaws and troubles in his private life feature throughout the series of books. Faceless Killers by Henning Mandell One frozen January morning at 5am, Hollander responds to what he believes is a routine call out.
An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely alive beside his shattered body, both victims of a violence beyond reason. Hollander travels across the Baltic Sea, to Riga in Latvia, where he is plunged into a frozen, alien world of police surveillance, scarcely veiled threats and lies.
Always Doomed to be one step behind the shadowy figures he pursues, only Wallander’s obstinate desire to see that justice is done brings the truth to light. The White Lioness by Henning Mandell In 1992, in Southern Sweden, Louise Akerblom, an estate agent and pillar of the Methodist church, disappears.
In South Africa, Nelson Mandela has made his long walk to freedom, setting in train the country’s painful journey towards the end of the apartheid. Hollander and his colleagues find themselves caught up in a complex web involving renegade members of South Africa’s Secret Service and a former KGB agent, all of whom are set upon halting Mandela’s rise to power.
Faced with an increasingly globalized world in which international terrorism knows no national borders, Hollander must prevent a hideous crime that means to dam the tide of history. When an old acquaintance seeks Wallander’s help to investigate the suspicious circumstances in which his father has died, Kurt doesn’t want to know.
Sidetracked by Henning Mandell Midsummer approaches and Hollander prepares for a holiday with the new woman in his life, hopeful that his wayward daughter and his aging father will cope without him. But his restful summer plans are thrown into disarray when a teenage girl commits suicide before his eyes, and a former minister of justice is butchered in the first of a series of apparently motiveless murders.
Hampered by the discovery of betrayals in his own team, lonely and frustrated, Hollander begins to lose conviction in his role as a detective. In a wood outside Star, the police make a horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in an attitude of prayer.
When Haman’s wife also goes missing, Hollander is determined to uncover the truth, but the investigation will force him to look back over his own past as he comes to the unsettling realization that even those we love the most can remain strangers to us… The Pyramid by Henning Mandell When Hollander first appeared in Faceless Killers, he was a senior police officer, just turned forty, with his life in a mess.
As police officers comb the property, Hollander attempts to get his new life back on course by finding the woman’s killer with the aid of his daughter, Linda. Hollander is a police officer who looks like a common middle-aged man whose wife and cute children love him and support him through anything.
Henning Mandell is Swedish writer who became famous after the publication of the series that follow the life of KurtWallander. This fictional character has been portrayed on screen, as well, and made Mandell work on creating new stories about him for more than a decade.
The story of Hollander was born in 1989, when Mandell returned to Sweden from Africa and found a different Swedish society than the one he had left. Mandell wrote 40 books in total, including the Hollander series, which have been translated in more than 40 languages and have been sold in more than 40 million copies around the world.
Although his other books are as well accepted as Hollander series, it was this famous character that made Mandell a bestselling author. In the series, KurtWallander is a police officer who constantly struggles solving his private problems.
His wife has died and left him alone with their rebellious daughter, Linda, who attempted to make a suicide when 15. In the first book of the KurtWallander series written by Mandell, an elderly couple is brutally killed and our protagonist is the person who needs to find out the reasons for it and the people who did the murder.
When it comes to his personal life, he continues to be lonely and constantly worries about his daughter and father. Now, Mandell gives us a glimpse into the life of a former Soviet country. This makes the mystery even more intriguing and the events in the story are surprisingly unanticipated.
Dogs of Riga is a proper sequel to the first book in the series and an equally good work that explores the human soul through the character of KurtWallander. In addition, his capability to make the reader feel like they are in the head of the characters is brilliant.
KurtWallander gives the soul into the mysterious story that engages the reader to put themselves into Wallander’s place. Hollander is a just a man who has the same problems that bother other people, but that doesn’t stop him to be a hero.
As previously mentioned, these stories move the plot to an international level to be more complicated and interesting. This puts Hollander in place of other types of characters as he acts like more than just a police officer.
They've an heir now though in the form of Henning Mandell and his slovenly but stolid hero, Inspector KurtWallander. It's a society where folks seem to have pretty much quit trying: We're living as if we were in mourning for a lost paradise, he thought.
This puts the police and various nationalist groups on the track of the local foreign worker population. Hollander soon finds himself spending as much time dealing with attacks by racists as with the initial crime and Mr. Mandell uses the scenario as a way to explain both Wallander's own frustration with an immigration system that's obviously badly broken and as a warning about the escalating tensions and the hatreds of folk less level-headed than the detective.
He crashes, burns, and rises so quickly as to disorient the reader a bit and the crime is solved at so stately a pace that the contrast is even more jarring. (John Timpani, 4/05/11, Philadelphia INQUIRER) -INTERVIEW: Henning Mandell: 'No One Is Born Evil' : In a SPIEGEL interview, bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mandell talks about his reaction to the Utica massacre, the absurdity of Andes Brain's ideas and the need to engage in dialogue with the right wing.
(Der Spiegel, 12/14/04) -INTERVIEW: All along the watchtower : Henning Mandell tells Nick Hasted how he watches over Sweden from Africa (Nick Hasted, January 12, 2002, The Guardian) -INTERVIEW: 'She was so full of life, spirits, energy' (Sean French, September 14, 2003, The Observer) -PROFILE: The rich language of death is universal (A.N. Wilson, 3/24/03, Daily Telegraph) -PROFILE: Killing them in Europe (Donald Dewey, Autumn 2003, Scandinavian Review) -PROFILE: Inspector Norse... : A portly cop in the bleakest Scandinavia makes an unlikely thriller hero.
This year, instead of complaining, we’re taking a little inspiration from a region well versed in cold, dark days: Scandinavia. By now, you’ve probably heard about most of the things you need for the Danish concept of huge (it’s untranslatable, but “cozy” comes close): warm socks, a nice fireplace, candles, etc.
When her six-year-old neighbor is found dead, the formerly reclusive Small steps into action, following footprints in the snow to uncover a story that gets much, much bigger than one child. In this first installment, Hollander tries to solve a murder at a remote Swedish farmhouse, going on nothing but a foreign word uttered by a dying woman.
After years in Stockholm, biographer Erica Flack returns home to her tiny coastal village to tend to her late parents’ estate. This international bestseller is the first in a series of books that take place in the same creepy, near-empty tourist town.
The Snowman is the seventh in Jo UNESCO’s series following maverick Oslo detective Harry Hole. Husband-and-wife duo Maj Snowfall and Per Yahoo helped define the Scandinavian crime genre with their 1960s and '70s Martin Beck series.
OK, so Taney French’s Dublin Murder Squad books aren’t technically Scandinavian. But there’s plenty of gloomy weather, and some great Irish slang, so we’ll give it a pass.