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NPR's Alphonse Vinh Muses on Kurt Wallander
Posted 2004-04-16
The National Public Radio column Musing with Alphonse Vinh takes a moment to consider Kurt Wallander and the new Henning Mankell novel, The Return of the Dancing Master, featuring detective Stefan Lindman.
  Wallander and his police colleagues in Ystad -- a Baltic port town -- strive to protect the public at a time of steep budget cuts. The police department is chronically understaffed and outgunned by increasingly violent criminals. The dispeptic inspector never seems to get enough sleep, even on a good day. His private life is bleak and lonely. Wallander's wife has long left him, and he has an estranged relationship with his daughter. He joylessly eats too much takeout food and is often depressed when he's not filled with self-loathing. Despite it all, Wallander is a good policeman and slogs his way to the truth in a criminal investigation even if he does make some wrong turns.  

Read the full article entitled The Swedish Detectives at the NPR website.