Faceless Killers Author:Henning Mankell Faceless Killers marks the "brilliant US debut" (Library Journal) of Henning Mankell's highly successful Kurt Wallander detective series. Taut and atmospheric, this winner of Sweden's Best Mystery Award is a gripping mystery in the classic detective tradition, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "an exquisite novel of mesmerizing de... more »pth and suspense." Early one morning, a small-town farmer discovers that his neighbors have been victims of a brutal attack during the night: An old man has been bludgeoned to death, and his tortured wife lies dying before the farmer's eyes. The only clue is the single word she utters before she dies: "foreign." In charge of the investigation is Inspector Kurt Wallander, a local detective whose personal life is in a shambles. His family is falling apart, he's gaining weight, he drinks too much and sleeps too little. Tenacious and levelheaded in his sleuthing, he and his colleagues must contend with a wave of violent xenophobia as they search for the killers. Faceless Killers is a razor-sharp, stylishly dark combination of police procedural and searing social commentary that reaches beyond its genre to produce "a superior novel--and a harbinger of great things to come" (Booklist).« less
A well written police mystery introducing detective Kurt Wallander of Ystad, Sweden. A small town detective finds himself buried in big city problems.
Wallander investigates savage murder of elderly Swedish couple in climate of high racial tension. Mankell typically places the stories murder investigation into the context of Swedish current events. In 1990 for "Faceless Killers" it was Somalia refugees in Sweden.
Originally published in Swedish in 1990's, series continues as follows:
MÃ¶rdare utan ansikte, 1991 (Faceless Killers)
Hundarna i Riga, 1992 (The Dogs of Riga)
Den vita lejoninnan, 1993 (The White Lioness)
Mannen som log, 1994 (The Man who Smiled)
VillospÃ¥r, 1995 (Sidetracked)
Den femte kvinnan, 1996 (The Fifth Woman)
Steget efter, 1997 (One Step Behind)
BrandvÃ¤gg, 1998 (Firewall)
This is the FIRST of a wonderful Swedish (translated of course!) series. Kurt Wallander is a character with a lot of depth that you will really care for. Recently divorced he is faced with a challenging double homicide as well as another potential serial killer. This series reflects issues in today's Sweden (and Europe) as well as a introducing wonderful detective. I can't wait to read the next one.
Fabulous Swedish mystery. Quality writing, an interesting puzzle with numerous twists and a fully developed and intriguing character, Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander. I will definitely be reading more of this series. Lots of Scandinavian angst and a chilling atmosphere. Highly recommended!