In a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer has been bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. Before the old woman dies, she utters the word foreign, which may be the only real clue the police have to go on. And they need to work fast. The press has reported the dying word, and white supremacists have threatened ...
In a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer has been bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. Before the old woman dies, she utters the word foreign, which may be the only real clue the police have to go on. And they need to work fast. The press has reported the dying word, and white supremacists have threatened a nearby refugee camp, vowing to take justice into their own hands. Recently divorced, overweight, drinking too much and not sleeping enough, and maybe failing for the beautiful but married prosecutor Anette Brolin, Police Inspector Kurt Wallander doggedly leads the investigation into a crime for which there seems to be no reason, or certainly not one Wallander is sure he wants to know.
Required reading for college course. Great book - good condition. Fast delivery.
Jun 22, 2012
Mankell really can get a reader hooked by his plots & characters!! always looking forward to his next book!
May 12, 2011
Faceless Killers: A Wallander Mystery
I enjoyed this book, not only because of the mystery aspect but also for the glimpse of contemporary Swedish society it affords. Wallander, a detective on the Ystad Police force, is an interesting character in that he has problems like all of us, problems that sometimes overwhelm him but yet he keeps striving; both in life and in his police work. I would recommend this book to all mystery fans.
Mar 25, 2010
A Knot & the Word "Foreign" Keep Wallander Moving
The excellent "Faceless Killers" is the first novel Mankell writes in the Wallander series, but read "The Pyramid" first. "The Pryramid" is a prequel collection of short stories and a novel that immediately precedes the first call to the police that opens "Faceless Killers."
Mankell writes in a compelling manner that provides a framework to understand the social and humanitarian changes that take place not just in Sweden, but in western Europe and the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s. In his storytelling we do not lose sight of the plot or the characters. The translation, at least in the New Press edition, allows Mankell's work to speak directly to English speakers.
Read; for the story and compelling characters. The insight you may gain from looking back at that time becomes the bonus track.
May 14, 2009
The writing is excellent, good suspense, engaging main character.
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