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Faceless Killers Paperback – January 14, 2003

4.1 out of 5 stars 895 ratings
Book 1 of 10 in the Kurt Wallander Series

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“An exquisite novel of mesmerizing depth and suspense.” —Los Angeles Times

“An especially satisfying crime novel, like those of such past masters as Georges Simenon, Nicholas Freeling, and Sweden's own Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Intelligent, moving and topical, this is a thriller of the very best kind.” —The Times (London)

“A well-crafted police procedural, the story moves along at a brisk pace and comes to an exciting climax.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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First in the Kurt Wallander series.
It was a senselessly violent crime: on a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn't present enough problems for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word is "foreign, leaving the police the one tangible clue they have-and in the process, the match that could inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.
Unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecuter who has peaked his interest, in this case, Wallander finds a problem he can handle. He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, but soon comes to realize that it will require all his reserves of energy and dedication to solve.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good crime thriller but not conclusively solved
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3.0 out of 5 stars An easy to read police procedural. Not bad, but not great
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4.0 out of 5 stars Although the writing is good and gets everything across in the best way possible
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4.0 out of 5 stars I've watched both the Swedish and British TV versions and enjoyed them both
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