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Kerry reviewed Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallender, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 6
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!
Because I watched the Wallander PBS series prior to reading this book, I was stuck with the image of Kenneth Branagh as Wallander. That's not a bad thing but probably impacted my opinion of that character. Mankell does an excellent job developing Wallander as an immensely flawed police detective and his story really helped glue this mystery together for me. I was not, however, as intrigued by the mystery itself and I found myself a little disappointed as the book came to an end. The story had not stayed with me from the PBS series (possibly a forewarning that the book may not engage me). I do plan to continue the series as I'm curious about Wallander and his future.
This is my second Henning Mankell read and I enjoyed it very much. Well written and plotted, it is another police procedural series that I will add to my growing list of faves. Arnaldur Indridason still ranks higher on my list, but I still highly recommend.
If you enjoyed "The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo" series, you might also enjoy this series. Keeps your interest as you follow Kurt Wallander's thoughts unraveling a crime interwoven with Kurt trying to have a personal life unsuccessfully. Often the reader knows more than the investigative team. Reading to find out how they solve the crime and if they will solve before another murder is committed.
Liked this very much and have requested all other books (10 I believe) currently available in his series. I think #11 has just been published. Quite dark Swedish life in the modern world - an interesting window.
An especially satisfying crime novel. Police inspector is called to investigate the senselessly violent murder of a farmer & the near murder of his wife who dies giving a one-word clue "foreign" Will this inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.
I expected to be a little more "wowed" by this book because I know several people who love this Henning Mankell series. It's okay, but a little dark for my taste. I will read more out of curiousity to see if they get better.
The Kurt Wallander character is developed well in this book, and I'm looking forward to reading more about him. As with other Scandinavian writers I've read, the prose is sparse - one of these days I would love to read this as written in the author's native tongue.
"An especially satisfying crime novel, like those of such past masters as Georges Simenon, Nicholas Freeling, and Sweden's own Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo." The Wall Street Journal.
It was a senselessly violent crime: on a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn't present enough problems for the Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallaner, the dying woman's last word is "foreign," leaving the police the one tangible clue they have - and in the process, the match that could inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.
Unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecuter who has piqued his interest, in this case Wallander finds a problem he can handle. He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, but soon comes to realize that it will require all his reserves of energy and dedication to solve.
An old farmer and his wife are murdered. Except for their horse, nobody saw or heard anything. During the investigation it turned out that the old farmer had secrets of his own.
Inspector Wallander spends almost 6 months to solve this crime which involves many false leads.
Great characterizations throughout! A very good read!
First in the Kurt Wallander series.
It was a senselessly violent crime: on a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn't present enough problems for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word is foreign, leaving the police the one tangible clue they haveand in the process, the match that could inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.
Unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecuter who has peaked his interest, in this case, Wallander finds a problem he can handle. He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, but soon comes to realize that it will require all his reserves of energy and dedication to solve.
I enjoyed this first book in Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series. I found it to be a page-turner with lots of twists and turns. The characters were well developed and the plot was very clever. It was also a great look at life in Sweden. Wallander reminds me of Rebus, Ian Rankin's chief inspector in Scotland. I will definitely continue this series and look forward to reading the next book in the series.