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Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
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Mar 20, 2012

it was amazing


In the first of the Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell we're introduced to a detective at the start of the decline of both his life and his career. Everything around him shows the tell-tale signs of decay, from his personal appearance, to his work and the society he lives in.

Police investigator Kurt Wallander has recently divorced, is trying to salvage a problematic relationship with his daughter Linda, and finds himself in the position of main caretaker of his elderly father who's showing the first signs of dementia, and with whom Wallander has a difficult and tempestuous dynamic.

Nor can he find any respite at work, where the brutal double homicide of an elderly couple has opened a Pandora box into the underbelly of Swedish society, forcing Wallander to revise his own personal feelings and political view of the immigrant situation in Sweden.

Faceless Killers opens a door into the private world of an overworked, under-appreciated detective in small Ystad, and offers an unique glimpse into the fabrics of Swedish society and the social problems of Sweden in the 1990s.

If you're a fan of procedural crime novels and enjoy the psychological approach of European crime writers, Faceless Killers is a prime example of the genre that you simply cannot miss.
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