The Killing: Uncommon Denominator
Titian Books 320 pages
The AMC TV series, The Killing, was taken from Forbrydelsen, a Danish detective series. The original show (available on DVD in Danish) was good but just a little hard to follow. You had to read the subtitles while listening to the swift dialog and trying to watch expressions at the same time. The U.S. series starred Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder. The superb cast, including a host of supporting actors, made the dark, gripping series something millions of viewers looked forward to each week. This was modern roman noir at its best. Two subsequent seasons of the show were not quite as sharp and compelling as the first. Titian Books acquired the rights to The Killing and hired thriller writer Karen Dionne to write books based on the original U.S. series. The first one is out now with the familiar characters of Linden and Holder.
Enos and Kinnaman as Linden and Holder
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Thanks mark glad to have found your blog. Lots to explore. Have to say I found Danish series far superior to the us version. Regards from Thom at the immortal,jukebox (give it a spin!)
Glad to have you following, Thom. Watch this space for posts on pop culture of the past connected to the mystery genre.