Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

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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 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 prosecutor 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.

About Henning Mankell

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Bestselling author Henning Mankell has received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize. His Kurt Wallander mysteries are global bestsellers and have been adapted into the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique. Ebba Segerberg has translated One Step Behind, Firewall, and Before the Frost by Henning Mankell (all available from The New Press) and Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Published May 10, 2011 by The New Press. 284 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Though "the last thing Kurt Wallander felt like was a laughing policeman," fans of Maj Sjîwall and Per Wahlîî will feel right at home in this first (1991) of Mankell's five Wallander novels, right down to the laconic paragraphing.

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Faceless Killers was Henning Mankell's first entry in the popular Wallander series and the first of his books to appear in an English translation.

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The Bookbag

Summary: The first book in the Kurt Wallander series has a good plot and characterisation - it's a real page-turner.

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Although I enjoyed this book, I didn’t connect as deeply to the characters as I did watching the television series and I’m guessing that Mankell develops the characters across his series (11 books and counting).

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Reviewing the Evidence

When word leaks through the press that foreigners may have been responsible for the murder, a Somali asylum seeker is killed by racists in revenge, and Wallender has two cases to solve, with the threat of more killings to come.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Henning Mankell is a respected writer who has written several plays and has
written six police procedural novels featuring Ystad police ... Faceless Killers is
the first book in the series and it is very good. ... This book has more than one <...

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But after finishing eight full-length novels, Mankell wrote five short stories, collected in The Pyramid, which describe pre-1990 cases since Wallander started as a police patrolman.

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Book Blogs

In the interview, he says that he didn't create Kurt Wallander and then write stories around the character but rather that the story came first and that he felt he needed a policeman in his story.

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