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Detective Biography: Kurt Wallander

Officer name: Kurt Wallander
Overview: Chief Inspector of the Ystad Police Department, Sweden
DOB: 1949
Nationality: Swedish
Marital status: Divorced, with daughter. In a relationship.
Location: Ystad police force, Sweden
Case of Note: The suspicious disappearance of retired naval officer Hakan von Enke whilst he took his daily walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm.
Personnel Assessment notes:

  • Known issues with alcoholism and diabetes.
  • Relationships with colleagues are tentative, remaining private and brusque.
  • Assertive – sometimes displaying aggressive tactics.
  • Highly intelligent.
  • Emotional attachment to cases has caused him to disobey police orders in the past.
  • Individual has shown signs of disillusionment regarding his role in the police force.
  • Depressive but not without humour.

Learn more about the creation of Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander at www.henningmankell.co.uk.

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