Originally Posted by otc
This is the first one I have read and I am enjoying it so far. Hadn't realized upon starting it that it was not the first book in the series...hopefully it doesn't spoil the earlier novels for me.
I also just finished Borkmann's Point, another swedish crime story (which I didn't like as much as I am enjoying this) and am finding it very odd that both books deal with detectives trying to track down axe-murdering serial killers. Don't they have other murder weapons in Sweden? And both of these books were given to me by my mother at various points (probably found in thrift shops or library sales)...what are the odds that she picks up the only two axe-murder novels from two separate detective series?
I've read several. I'm pretty sure he branches out a bit on murder weapons. I don't think reading them out of order will spoil anything. There are some incidental details that work better if you read them in order -- Wallander's particular place in his career, his relationships with certain colleagues, etc. - but I think the novels are written to work as stand-alones (and with a recognition that people might start at any point in the series).
Never having met your mom, I'm hesitant to comment on the odds of her doing anything in particular. Maybe if it were west's mom . . .