One Step Behind (novel)

One Step Behind

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
Published in English
September 2002
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 400 pp (Eng. hardback trans.)
ISBN 1-86046-983-3 (Eng. trans.)
Preceded by The Fifth Woman
Followed by Firewall

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


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.


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.

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