One Step Behind (novel)

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One Step Behind
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First edition (Sweden)
Author Henning Mankell
Original title Steget efter
Translator Ebba Segerberg
Country  Sweden
Language Swedish
Series Kurt Wallander #7
Genre Crime, Mystery novel
Publisher Ordfront
Publication date
1997
Published in English
September 2002
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 400 pp (Eng. hardback trans.)
ISBN ISBN 1-86046-983-3 (Eng. trans.)
Preceded by The Fifth Woman
Followed by Firewall

One Step Behind (1997) is a crime novel by Swedish author Henning Mankell, the seventh in his acclaimed Inspector Wallander series.

Synopsis[edit]

Two young women and one young man, inexplicably dressed as the nobility of Sweden did during the reign of Gustavus III, are found dead, each slain with a single bullet, their bodies half consumed by animals in the wilderness. Wallander is horrified when he makes a connection between the crime and his close friend Svedberg, and after the latter is found savagely murdered in his own apartment, the tormented detective finds himself up against a deranged, merciless killer who remains just one step ahead of him.

Adaptation[edit]

In 2005, One Step Behind was adapted by Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Television into a theatrical film, starring Rolf Lassgård as Wallander. In 2008, British broadcaster BBC One broadcast a 90-minute adaptation as part of its Wallander television series starring Kenneth Branagh.