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Catch-12: The Killing

Shantella Y. Sherman | , WI Staff Writer | 6/21/2012, 10:55 a.m.

It took 26 episodes of rattled nerves, red herrings and suspense, but alas, AMC's "The Killing" has revealed Rosie Larsen's killer. Not to worry, there are no "spoilers" here. Any television show that glues viewers to their seats for two seasons to discover "whodunit," is worth a closer look, making "The Killing," a top pick of the Informer Catch-12 series.

"The Killing" follows the murder investigation of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen, who is found in the trunk of a car that is pulled from a Seattle lake. The car is registered to the city and used by staff members of both the incumbent mayor and the man vying for his position during a heated mayoral race. Bridging three distinct stories around the murder, including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim's grieving family and the suspects, "The Killing" is the type of crime drama that depicts the endless possibilities of suspects, accomplices and motives.

Filmed in and around Vancouver, the series pits writer/executive producer Veena Sud [Cold Case], against writers Sren Sveistrup and Torleif Hoppe, of the fiercely successful Danish television series "Forbrydelsen," upon which "The Killing" is based.

"We're creating our own world. We are using the Danish series as a blueprint, but we are kind of diverging and creating our own world, our world of suspects and, potentially, ultimately who killed Rosie Larsen," Sud said.

Sud described the series as "slow-burn storytelling in a sense that every moment that we don't have to prettify or gloss over or make something necessarily easy to digest, that we're able to go to all sorts of places that are honest, and dark, and beautiful and tragic, in a way that is how a story should be told," Sud said.

"The Killing" stars Mireille Enos [Big Love] as Sarah Linden, the lead homicide detective who investigates the death of Rosie Larsen; and Joel Kinnaman [Snabba Cash] as Stephen Holder, an ex-narc cop who joins the homicide division in the investigation to find Rosie's killer.

Linden has a quiet, but odd repose that allows her to zero in on evidence and potential suspects, while complicating her working relationships and ability to parent her teenage son. Linden is flawed and complicated, haunted and haunting. Audiences root for her, against her, revel in her triumphs, and are amazed by her resilience. She is the female "John Luther" from the BBC cop drama Luther, and Enos makes this work.

Enos is also a beautiful counterweight to Kinnaman's Holder, who is an aloof, reformed addict who has to be reminded on more than one occasion "you do know you're white, right?" Fortunately, Kinnaman's portrayal is honest and believable.

Audiences will also find themselves gripped by anguish and despair watching Rosie's family cope with her murder and subsequent investigation. Mitch Larsen, played by Michelle Forbes [Dr. Julianna Cox, Homicide: Life on the Street] gives an outstanding performance as a housewife and mother of three children, who fears her overbearing personality may have alienated her daughter shortly before her murder. Other standout performances are given by Brandon Jay McLaren, who embodies Rosie's enamored and dedicated teacher Bennet Ahmed and Claudia Ferri, who portrays the kick-ass Wapi Eagle Casino manager and head of the Kalimish Native American tribe, "Nicole Jackson."

All 26 episodes are available On Demand and through AMC episode streaming. Enjoy the chase and see if you can identify the killer by Season 2's finale.