Saturday, January 12, 2008

'Faceless Killers'

by Henning Mankell

Fiction/Crime, Vintage UK, 280 p.
First published in Sweden in 1991 (English translation 1997)
Translated from the Swedish by Steven T. Murray
Kurt Wallander series - Book 1
One night in early spring, an elderly farmer and his wife are savagely murdered in an isolated rural area of southernmost Sweden.
The police are puzzled. There doesn’t seem to be a motive for the killings, neither robbery nor revenge. Heading the investigation is Detective Superintendent Kurt Wallander. His task isn’t made any easier by the fact that at the same time a nearby refugee centre comes under a series of attacks which culminate in the slaying of a Somali refugee. This is the first book in the series about Kurt Wallander.
Before our New Year’s holiday, I was thinking about which books to take with me for reading on the train. I was in the mood for a mystery and the wintry cover and setting made me pick this one. It fit the bill perfectly! I enjoyed meeting Kurt Wallander and I look forward to spending more time with him in the other books in the series. I have to say though that if I keep enjoying these firsts in series that I’ve collected and am finally starting to read, well, my wishlist is going to explode!
He wondered why almost every policeman was divorced. Why their wives left them. Sometimes, when he read a crime novel, he discovered with a sigh that things were just as bad in fiction. Policemen were divorced. That’s all there was to it.
My Rating: 3.5/5

(#1 for 2008)


  1. Another Scandinavian author I must try! This sounds like a good one. Thanks for the review!

  2. Kurt Wallander is really pop here ;-). Books and TV show.

  3. Never heard of this author before but my interest is pricked! Just might check it out! :-)

  4. Literary Feline- It was perfect holiday reading! It's my first Scandinavian crime series. What other ones do you recommend.

    Cathrine- I'm not surprised. :)

    Dave- I quite enjoyed it and if you're into crime stories, I'd certainly recommend it.

  5. I read this one a while back and just haven't gotten to book 2 yet. So many new series keep getting in the way :)

  6. Iliana- I've hesitated for a long time before getting into series reads, other than a select few, but I've decided to just embrace it and try not to worry about all those books I now want! :P


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