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Cracking Crime: Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

The First Wallander Thriller, where we meet Inspector Kurt Wallander of the Ystad Police Department for the first time.

About the Book

One frozen January morning at 5am, Inspector Wallander responds to what he believes is a routine call out. When he reaches the isolated farmhouse he discovers a bloodbath.

An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely alive beside his shattered body, both victims of a violence beyond reason. The woman supplies Wallander with his only clue: the perpetrators may have been foreign. When this is leaked to the press, it unleashes a tide of racism.

It’s Dead Good because…

The small police force at Ystad have to rely on sketchy leads, a lack of evidence and what I think will become Wallander’s amazing gut instinct to try and solve the crime. Wallander is a fantastic anti-hero, pessimistic, divorced, a lover of Opera and whisky with a belligerent father and an AWOL daughter. Teamed up with Veteran Detective Rydberg, they slowly but surely work towards catching the killers, whilst drinking an awful lot of coffee!

First published in 1990 it has hardly dated, the thoughts of Wallander on the onset of a new era in policing, the changes approaching in Sweden ring eerily true with the benefit of hindsight. I’m sold, my love affair with the opera loving, coffee drinking Detective has begun and I look forward to starting book 2: The Dogs of Riga. The next step for me, deciding Which Wallander is my favourite!

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