James Nicoll Reviews

Home > Reviews > By Contributor

Reviews by Contributor: Mankell, Henning (1)

An Emo Police Procedural

Faceless Killers  (Kurt Wallander, volume 1)

By Henning Mankell  (Translated by Steven T. Murray)

12 Nov, 2014



First published in 1991 under the title Mördare utan ansikte, and translated in 1997 by Stephen T. Murray, Faceless Killers introduces Kurt Wallander, a morose Swedish policeman. Wallander is painfully aware that middle age is transforming him into a doughy old man; he is worried about his hostile and increasing senile father; he is alienated from his daughter; and his wife of many years just left him because living with Wallander was killing her soul. Wallander’s disposition is in no way aided by the human depravity his job forces him to confront every day, depravity like the brutal attack on Johannes and Maria Lövgren that left the old farmer noseless and beaten to death. Maria is barely clinging to life after the attack.

Read more ➤