Modus is a Swedish TV series based upon novels by Norwegian crime fiction author Anne Holt. She is Norway´s best selling female crime writer, particularly known for creating the successful Hanne Wilhelmsen series and Inger Johanne Vik series. Modus follows the work of Inger Johanne Vik, who is a criminal psychologist and profiler and who has previously assisted the FBI.
The first season is mainly based on the novel Fear not, where Inger Johanne’s eldest daughter, Stina, who is autistic, unwittingly witnesses a contract killing when the family attend a wedding at a local hotel. It´s Christmas time and everybody should be preparing for the holidays, but soon there are more murders. A well known and popular bishop is found stabbed to death on a deserted snowy alley. The bishop is a sixty-two year-old grandmother: what was she doing out alone late on the night before Christmas?
DI Ingvar Nyman heads up the police investigation, but it´s criminal profiler Inger Johanne Vik, who infers an unlikely pattern from the shocking murders, and who suspects that a strange and bitter hatred has been unleashed upon the city. They have a feeling that they are pursuing a hit man, working for an American religious sect…
The second season of the series is mainly based upon Anne Holt´s novel Death in Oslo and it was filmed in 2017 with international stars Kim Cattrall and Greg Wise in prominent roles. Kim Cattrall plays Helen Tyler, the first female president of the United States, who goes missing on the first night during a state visit to Stockholm. The authorities decide that the press mustn’t be told and the Swedish police has to work together with the FBI in order to find her before anything happens to her. Warren Shifford, an FBI agent and Special Advisor to the president, is head of the American investigation and both Ingvar Nyman and Inger Johanne are assigned to work with him, but Inger Johanne is very reluctant. It´s obvious that she has her own dark secrets from the past regarding Warren Shifford, who was her mentor when she worked for the FBI.
Anne Holt’s series about crime psychologist Inger Johanne Vik and detective inspector Adam Stubø has been relocated from Oslo to Stockholm for the screen. The novels are set in Oslo and Norway but the TV series is set in Stockholm and Sweden. But apart from the setting and some personal names the TV series follows the novels quite close and the author is very pleased with the adaptation.
Anne Holt studied in the US before she graduated from the University of Oslo with a law degree. She spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm. She has also been engaged as journalist at the Broadcasting Corporation of Norway and she served as Minister of Justice in Norway for a period between 1995 and 1997. Thus she has a very diversified and interesting background and undoubtedly deep insights into the themes she is writing about. Which makes it all the more interesting.