The Pyramid by Henning Mankell

Purely by accident I happened to stumble on the Yellowbird Films Kurt Wallander series, which were showing on the BBC & fell in love with Wallander. I love his cantankerous spirit. I devoured every single episode & was so sad when the last one aired. Based on what I watched with Wallander (oh yeah, just as a quick aside – to me, there is only 1 Wallander & that is Krister Henrikson, not Kenneth Branagh), I had to read the books.

I decided to read The Pyramid (which was the last Wallander book published) first as it is chronologically the 1st book in the series. The Pyramid is a series of 5 short stories, starting with Kurt as a young police officer in Malmo, on his first case.  Through The Pyramid we get to see Kurt before he became the grumpy disillusioned police inspector. We get to see his relationship with his father, an artist who disapproves of Wallander’s career choice & lets him know it at every opportunity. One of the short stories sees Wallander senior in a very compromising situation in Egypt, forcing the younger Wallander to come to his rescue & providing us further in site into what made Kurt into the man he is. We are also introduced to Mona, the woman who is to become Wallander’s wife, then ex-wife, & to Linda, Wallander’s daughter.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Pyramid and I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

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