03/02/1948 (Stockholm, Sweden) - 05/10/ 2015 (Gothenburg, Sweden)

©2015 (unknown)

I send my deepest condolences to all of Henning's family, friends and colleagues. One of his God-daughters is a family friend, and we were fortunate enough to be given a signed first edition of one of his non-Wallander novels, Depths (which is a personal favourite of mine), back in 2014. I also own a signed collection of the first 10 Wallander novels obtained from his Swedish publishers in late 2015.


Kurt Wallander

Kurt Wallander is a fictional police inspector living and working in Ystad, Sweden. In the novels, he solves shocking murders with his colleagues. The novels have an underlying question: "What went wrong with Swedish society?" The series has won many awards, including the German Crime Prize and the British 2001 CWA Gold Dagger for Sidetracked. The 10th book, The Pyramid, is a prequel: a collection of five novellas (Wallander's First Case, The Man with the Mask, The Man on the Beach, The Death of the Photographer, The Pyramid) about Wallander's past, with the last one ending just before the start of Faceless Killers. Ten years after The Pyramid, Mankell published another Wallander novel, The Troubled Man, which he said would definitely be the last in the series.

Linda Wallander

Linda is the daughter of Kurt Wallander, who follows in his footsteps as a police officer. Mankell began an intended trilogy of novels with her as the protagonist. However, following the suicide of Johanna Sällström, the actress playing the character at the time in the Swedish TV series, Mankell was so distraught that he decided to abandon the series after only the first novel.


Other fiction


Children's books

Books about Sofia

Joel Gustafsson series

For younger children

Film and television

Original screenplays for television

Film and television adaptations of novels


Awards and honours