Faceless Killers

Faceless Killers

Book - 2003
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From the dean of Scandinavian noir, the first riveting installment in the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series, the basis for the PBS series staring Kenneth Branagh.

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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003, c1997
ISBN: 9781400031573
1400031575
Characteristics: 279 p. : map

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BakerStreetIrregular Dec 07, 2011

An excellent introduction into the Wallander series. At times I felt so bad for Wallander as everything in his life seems to be falling apart and I wondered how he possibly didn't have a mental breakdown. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the ... Read More »


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Gail49 May 21, 2016

this is the first of the Wallender series

multcolib_susannel Jun 19, 2015

When an elderly couple is murdered, the wife whispers a last word into Detective Kurt Wallander's ear. Sounds like 'foreign'. What does it mean?

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GLNovak
Apr 18, 2014

Mankell is a very spare writer. This first in the Kurt Wallander series reads like a slightly fleshed out chronology of events interspersed with horrible weather and a grim personal life. I did enjoy the book and the trying to follow the clues. Throughout I had to wear a sweater as the description of the sleet, freezing rain and the driving wind was just too real. I found the bits of comment on Swedish society interesting. Quick easy read with a puzzle for solving and some characters you might want to get to know better.

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GrandCru
Apr 09, 2014

not impressed. only the first chapter was thrilling.

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bayougal
Oct 31, 2013

A friend referred me to this author and series of books about Detective Kurt Wallander, a Swedish police officer. This is the third one I've read, and although I have not enjoyed this one quite as much as the others I've read, I will definitely continue reading others in this series. Right now, Swedish thrillers are my passion, and Mankell ranks up there with Lars Kepler for riveting reading, as well as a study of Swedish life and political history.

BakerStreetIrregular Dec 07, 2011

An excellent introduction into the Wallander series. At times I felt so bad for Wallander as everything in his life seems to be falling apart and I wondered how he possibly didn't have a mental breakdown. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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jadavies
Jul 21, 2011

A good read. Perfect for when you don't have a lot of time, but want to escape for a while. I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

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ravensview
Jun 28, 2011

Another good Kurt Wallander mystery - my third now, via the TV series. Will read more, once I work thru some other titles in my to be read list..

Didn't finish - know how it ends and is a translation. Writing good but not great.

debwalker Mar 27, 2011

The first of Mankell's superb Kurt Wallander mysteries centers on the murder of a couple in rural Sweden

hermlou Dec 09, 2010

An elderly husband and wife are murdered in their farm, and Swedish police detective Kurt Wallander investigates. There are many suspects but no direction until a relative reports that the farmer had a lot of money, which had been stolen. Adding interest to the plot is a side story of refugee camps and another about Wallander's senile father. Well written with interesting characters.

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