I love Kenneth Branagh. When I found out he was going to be in PBS's Wallander series. I was thrilled. Until I saw the series. There was something off about it. In fact, I only watched the first one and had no desire to pick up the books. Then, I watched the Swedish version of Wallander. Those were good. Those made me want to pick up the books. Branagh was totally miscast. It's like John Hannah playing Rebus. He's a good actor, but he's wrong for Rebus. Dan Sott isn't. Whoever the Swedish guy playing Wallander is, he's wonderful.Mankell's prose reminds very much of P. D. James. But that is the only similarity. Wallander is a world weary soul. He doubts his profession, but doesn't seem to know what else to do. Mankell's plot works, and he gets the reader to think, about justice and about what is right. I won't say anything else because I don't want to give away anything.