Smilla Jaspersen's attempts to understand the death of a small boy, who falls from the roof of her apartment building, takes her from the streets of Copenhagen to an icebound island off the coast of Greenland. What she finds there has implications far beyond the death of a single child.
While an archeologist excavates a burial site, several other narratives unfold; a horrifying story of domestic abuse set during WW2; a search for missing persons that unearths family secrets of some of the city's prominent citizens.
Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is summoned to Kaalbirngen, a quiet European town by the sea, to track down the link between a series of murders. (Second in the 'Inspector Van Veeteren Series)
In the peaceful fishing community of Fjallbacka, foul play was always suspected in the disappearance, 20 years ago, of two young holiday-makers. Now a young boy, out playing, has confirmed the grim truth. (Second in the 'Patrik Hedstrom' Series)
Two children are found dead in a basement. Four years later their murderer escapes from prison. The police know if he is not found quickly, he will kill again. But when their worst fears come true, and another child is murdered in a nearby town, the situation spirals out of control. (First in the 'Ewart Grens' Series)
One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discoversthat his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day.
The remote resort of Fjallbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net. However, the post-mortem reveals that this was no accidental drowning. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom must now quickly find the killer.
A few days before Christmas, Inspector Erlendur and his colleagues look into the scandalous murder of a local Santa Claus. As they scramble to find a motive, disturbing secrets from the past begin to surface. (Second in the 'Reykjavik Murder Mysteries' Series)
When a lonely old man is found murdered in his flat, the only clues are a cryptic note and a photograph of a young girl's grave. Inspector Eriendur discovers that years ago the victim was accused, though not convicted, of an unsolved crime. (First in the 'Reykjavik Murder Mysteries' Series)
On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word is 'foreign'. (First in the 'Kurt Wallander' Series)