Stefan Ahnhem has written the original 2005 Wallander series with influence from Henning Mankell’s novels. I have both read the Wallander series and I have seen it on television too.
Risk moves his family from Stockholm back to his hometown Helsingborg. He has a few weeks to settle into a new home before returning to work as a criminal investigator.
Except not long after he and his family enter their new home, Risk’s new boss Astrid Tuvesson arrives pulling him into work sooner than he’d like.
She needs his help to figure out motive behind two murders of men he went to school with as pre-teen.. Risk hesitates but ultimately leaves to help his new boss and colleagues. And as soon as he does. he not only has to face bad memories but he falls into bad habits that got him into trouble in Stockholm. Not what Risk has in mind when he chose this fresh start with his family.
As I wrote before I saw the Henning Mankell Wallander series, Ahnhem wrote for and I still like.
I took to the novel within a few pages and got caught up as the story unfolds. And I find the premise of Risk’s old school days coming back in such a violent way interesting and disturbing at the same time.