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Orion in for the Killing
10.09.12 | Joshua Farrington
Fans of TV series “Forbrydelsen”-better known in the UK as “The Killing”-will be able to indulge their passion for all things Danish as Orion releases The Killing Handbook to tie in with a third series of the critically acclaimed crime drama.
The tongue-in-cheek guide, written by actress and writer Emma Kennedy, will feature everything diehards and newcomers need to penetrate the world of Nordic noir, including instructions for knitting the famous jumper worn by protagonist Sarah Lund.
The book has been given a seal of approval from Lund herself, with the actress who portrays the tireless detective, Sofie Gråbøl, writing its foreword.
When the Danish crime series, which followed in forensic detail the investigation of the murder of a teenage girl and its repercussions on her family, first aired on BBC4, it attracted 1.4 million viewers. This grew to three million as it became a word-of mouth hit which people caught up with online. DVD sales have also been strong.
Emma Kennedy, author of The Tent, The Bucket And Me and I Left My Tent In San Francisco (both Ebury), describes herself as a “superfan”, and is spending time in Copenhagen watching the third series being filmed. She has written about “The Killing” for the Guardian and Telegraph.
The book contains character profiles, plot summaries, language guides, walking tours of the show’s locales and instructions for knitting a Sarah Lund-style jumper. The distinctive black and white Faroese knitwear which Lund wears throughout the first series is produced by Faroese fashion label Gudrun & Gudrun.
Orion says the book will be heavily promoted for the Christmas market, with the BBC’s Facebook fansite for “The Killing” already linking its thousands of followers to the book’s Amazon page.
The third series, which follows the murder of a sailor, and involves Lund exploring parts of Denmark affected by the financial crisis, will air in Denmark this autumn.
The Killing Handbook will be released on 15th November as a hardback, priced at £12.99.