Book Review: Faceless Killers

Henning Mankell
Henning Mankell’s Faceless Killers (the first book in the Kurt Wallander series) is a Scandinavian crime novel. Inspector Kurt Wallander investigates the brutal attack on the Lovgrens, an elderly couple, in Sweden’s countryside. With only the only clue of the Mrs. Lovgren’s final word “foreigners” to go on, Kurt begins unraveling this murder mystery. The melancholy tone perpetuates the decline in both Kurt’s career and personal life. Kurt faces many challenges with his family including his senile father, Povel, the separation from his wife, Mona, and his estranged daughter, Linda. As facts of the deceased’s illegitimate son and a missing briefcase of cash arise, Kurt becomes obsessive in the case and almost loses his job until he finally chases down the killers.


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