I read the first of those Wallander books last night, The Faceless Killers. It's basically a story about a the murder of an elderly couple which sparks of racial attacks on asylum seekers in rural Sweden. The first 200 odd pages of the book covers about a 72 hour period of the investigation into the murder, then they come to a dead end and the next five months are covered in about six pages. I dunno whether Henning Mankell got bored of writing the story or something, then the murder is cleared up in a pretty silly way if you ask me. But I guess the whodunnit isn't really what it's about rather it's a meditation on immigration policy in Sweden in the early 90s. It's a fairly ripping yarn I suppose, Wallander is far more energetic than he comes across in those Swedish TV versions (not seen Mr Brannagh) and quite a page turner, I read it in just over three hours.