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Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander #1)

Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallender, #1) - Henning Mankell

bookshelves: mystery-thriller, one-penny-wonder, published-1991, re-read, spring-2012, fradio, paper-read

Read from October 22, 2009 to May 14, 2012, read count: 2


Re-read via radio 4x starting 6/4/12


He has forgotten something, he knows that for sure when he wakes up.

I love Mankell's Wallander and even though I have been reading this series in an all together 'alternative' sequence, it was quite lovely to finally read the opening book. The crimes are gritty as usual, Swedish internal politics are alluded to, the countryside and food-scapes are remarked upon at length but it really is the characters that are just so interesting.



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 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 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.