Coming home after his father's funeral service, police officer Stefan Lindman phones his friend and former colleague Herbert to thank him for the wreath he sent. But the detective who answers the phone tells him that Herbert has been tortured and beaten to death. Determined to uncover the circumstances of Herbert's death, Stefan heads for his friend's farm in the north of Sweden - to which Herbert never invited him. It is an unfriendly place, where the locals keep to themselves and newcomers are considered intruders. Everyone makes it clear that he is not welcome there. At Herbert's farm, bloody footsteps on the living-room floor retrace a tango, danced by the dying Herbert in the arms of the killer. The prime suspect is soon found murdered. So should the police be looking for one or two murderers? Stefan begins to uncover many facts he didn't know about Herbert. He makes excuses for his friend - until Herbert is exposed as a Nazi. Realising he has been lied to all his life, Stefan ...Written by
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This is much better than any of the adaptations of Henning Mankell's Wallander books that I have seen. Jonas Karlsson makes a formidable appearance here and some of the other ones are also good. There are though a few pieces of dialogue which aren't aren't up to par as in most Swedish films. I don't know why, maybe Swedish scriptwriters can't get the right feel for the language.
My only objection is the setting of the story. It is supposed to be set in Jämtland, but is obviously set around Trollhättan and Vargön which doesn't make it very plausible for a Swede. The story is very interesting and involves a Jewish revenger and a Nazi network in Sweden. I think it is a well crafted work of one of Mankell's best books.
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