Faceless Killers: The First Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell

By Henning Mankell

First within the Kurt Wallander sequence. It was once a senselessly violent crime: on a chilly evening in a distant Swedish farmhouse an aged farmer is bludgeoned to loss of life, and his spouse is left to die with a noose round her neck. And as though this didn’t current adequate difficulties for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the demise woman’s final be aware is overseas, leaving the police the single tangible clue they have–and within the approach, the fit that may inflame Sweden’s already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments. in contrast to the placement together with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the attractive yet married younger prosecuter who has peaked his curiosity, hence, Wallander reveals an issue he can deal with. He quick turns into keen about fixing the crime ahead of the already demanding state of affairs explodes, yet quickly involves detect that it'll require all his reserves of power and commitment to unravel.

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She came to him rather than to her mother when she had a problem or when there was something she really wanted to do but didn't quite dare. He had seen her metamorphose from a chubby little girl to a young woman with a defiant beauty. Before she was 15, she never gave any hint that she was carrying around secret demons that one day would drive her into a precarious and inscrutable landscape. One spring day, soon after her 15th birthday, Linda had without warning tried to commit suicide. It happened on a Saturday afternoon.

Why their wives left them. Sometimes, when he read a crime novel, he discovered with a sigh that things were just as bad in fiction. Policemen were divorced. That's all there was to it. The room where the press conference was to be held was full. He recognised most of the reporters. But there were a few unfamiliar faces too, including a young girl with a pimply face, who seemed to be casting amorous glances at him as she adjusted her tape recorder. Wallander passed out the press release and sat down on the little dais at one end of the room.

Wallander raised an eyebrow. " Wallander got up and went out into the corridor. Always the same, he thought. Papers never end up where they're supposed to. More and more police work was recorded on computers, but even so there was a tendency for important papers to get lost. Wallander knocked and went into Hansson's office. Hansson was talking on the phone. He saw that Hansson's desk had strewn all over it, hardly concealed, betting slips and form guides from racetracks around the country. It was common knowledge at the station that he spent the best part of his working day calling various horse trainers begging for tips.

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