It’s Danish. That’s enough for quite a few crime fiction lovers out there. So when ITV3 airs Those Who Kill at 10pm tomorrow night (23 February) we reckon plenty of people who read our site will be tuning in. We’re fans of The Killing and Wallander and this programme has the same director, so we decided to take a closer look at this latest Scandinavian on-screen offering to see what it’s all about starting with the trailer:
The story is based on novels written by Elsebeth Egholm and it’s all about detective inspector Katrina Ries Jenson and forensic psychiatrist Thomas Schaeffer who are part of a special crimes unit in the Copenhagen police department. They look into serial killer cases where there are unusual, psychological angles to the investigation. You can pretty much rest assured the show is cold, gritty and violent. In the first episode, which is two hours long, they start off by finding the skeletons of four women in the woods north of the city, and the challenge is to work out the mind of a killer who’s having monstrous delusions.
OK, so you’re thinking this is a website about books so why are they talking about a TV series that’s in Danish, with subtitles? Well, when we heard about the series we decided to look into whether or not people can get the books its based on and read them. We’ve discovered that at the moment English translations of Elsebeth Egholm’s work are only available in Australia and New Zealand, where the books Next of Kin and Life and Limb are on sale. Her books can also be read in German, Dutch, Swedish and Norwegian. They’re soon to appear in Polish, Icelandic, Italian and French too.
We asked Egholm’s agent Lars Ringhof about seeing the work in the UK and America. “The recent novels are on submission among British publisher and we are hoping to have a deal before the London Book Fair,” he said.
However the author is a big success in her native Denmark – hence the TV series. Ringhof continues: “Her new series had its debut here last year with Three Dog Night – following ex-con Peter Boutrup as he tries to adapt to life outside prison, but is caught up with elements from his past. A second novel has just been delivered, Dead Souls, also about Peter Boutrup, and it will be published in Denmark later this year.”
Of course, we are jumping the gun a bit. The TV series might not be that good. We’ll find out tomorrow night. If you watch it, don’t forget to pop back here to let us know what you think of it by posting a comment below. Series 1 can be ordered on DVD but only comes out 2 April.