An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
Welcome to a small, but crime-ridden city of Ystad. You can die of knives, firearms, bombs, occasionally a heart attack. While it is difficult to survive for ordinary people, one groups is especially endangered: being Wallander's friend, school colleague, especially former girlfriend is almost certain death sentence.
It will not take more than a couple of seasons to make sure that hardly any Ystad citizen survives. On the optimistic side the neighboring bridge to Denmark and the ferry connection to Poland will ensure sufficient influx of criminals, so the series can continue.
Overall, I liked the series very much. The only thing that bothered me a bit is personal involvement of all young police officers (Linda, Stefan, Pontus, Isabel). Hey, Mr. Kurt (and creators of the series) - young people can be professional too, and not necessary former friends of criminals (at least that's what I remember from long time ago).
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