A book taken from a screenplay? Whatever next?

I came across what I think is a literary oddity the other day: a series of books based on a screenplay. Or, more to the point: a series of books based on a TV show. Now, we’re all used to films based on bestselling books and spin-off books are commonplace, but I can’t recall ever seen it this way round  before.

Screen shot 2014-03-05 at 11.26.40I don’t know how many of you are familiar with ‘The Killing’ (the original Danish version – not the dodgy AMC remake), but to sum it up; the show is a dark crime story set in a bleak and rainy Copenhagen combining a who-done-it thriller with a political drama. The original TV show ‘Forbrydelsen’ comprised of three seasons and, while the first may have been the stand-out best, all were delivered with a great Nordic mix of dastardly murder, intrigue, politics and fantastic knitwear.

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