Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell (Kurt Wallander Series #1)

Since the success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, a number of sites I buy books from have been pushing various other Scandinavian mystery writers. I picked this one which sounded good - and is part of a series that I can hopefully get into. Kurt Wallander is a Swedish police inspector. Like many literary detectives, he has relationship issues and doesn't play well with others or take very good care of himself. When an elderly couple is found bludgeoned to death in their remote farmhouse, Wallander is on the case. The dying woman's last word is "foreign," giving Wallander little to go on, but a lot for the racially charged anti-immigrant villagers to get riled up about. As Wallander races against the clock to find the murderer, he also falls in love with the prosecutor, and tries to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter. Not as intricate as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but still a good bleak mystery.

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