Adapting a TV masterpiece – it’s the changes that count

The paperback of The Killing II is out in the UK tomorrow. The hardback of The Killing III appears next February (with a very special launch… stay tuned). So this very unusual project is coming to a close. A lot of the last couple of years has been spent in the company of an odd woman detective from Copenhagen, watching her on screen then trying to adapt a television narrative into the form of a book.

It’s been an educational experience, one I wouldn’t have missed. I’ve been very fortunate to be granted the opportunity. And even more lucky that everyone concerned, publishers and the DR2 TV people in Denmark, agreed from the outset that the books would be adaptations, not novelisations or souvenir brochures for the fan base.

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