Each night at nine, PBS affiliate WNDT, channel 14-1 on my over the air antenna, runs European crime dramas. I've really enjoyed two Swedish productions: Beck, whose protagonist is a commissioner, an older gentleman, and which still seems to be going strong; and Johan Falk, which seems to have completed its run. The episodes run about 90 minutes and are frequently violent, which for some reason surprised me, as I think of European societies as passive in terms of law enforcement. Then again, Steig Larsson's wildly popular Millenium novels are hardly tame. Another program is Flemming, which is shot in Berlin and runs about 40 minutes. It too has ended it run. While it's interesting, it seems a bit too pat in the psychology of human beings. The central figure is an obnoxious know-it-all detective, a Freudian Sherlock Holmes, who also hosts a TV show. Oddly, I haven't been able to get into the Italian offering, Anti-Drug Squad, which seems dominated by hip young detectives. I was unfamiliar with all the players in these series, although I've since researched them and found the names of several in fare I'd seen. Although the shows are subtitled, the print is large, easy to read. English is occasionally spoken by bad guys protecting the privacy of their nefarious discussions. Although the station has been around since 1970, it periodically changed its call letters. It began its current incarnation in 2018.
It hadn't happened in a long time. For the second straight day one of my own books sold. My thanks to the young woman who bought Exchanges, and to the gentleman who purchased four DVD's; and to the lady and gentleman who each selected a thriller in Russian.
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