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Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A great beginning to a series

If you're tired of all the focus on forensic evidence and are interested in some old-fashioned detective work, this will be the book for you. The murder is gruesome and the detective, Kurt Wallender, wants badly to solve it. But, the thing that makes this book so good...
If you're tired of all the focus on forensic evidence and are interested in some old-fashioned detective work, this will be the book for you. The murder is gruesome and the detective, Kurt Wallender, wants badly to solve it. But, the thing that makes this book so good is the author's ability to take you inside Wallender's life. He has many of the issues of middle-aged people - financial problems, divorce, concerns for his child and his father. These all compete for his time and the author does a fabulous job of pacing the book so you really get the idea of what it takes to solve a major crime while living a normal, albeit stressful, life.

posted by Anonymous on March 1, 2005

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Realistic murder mystery

This book is definitely different from the police novels I've read in the past. The majority of the ones I've read had been rather fast paced filled with lots of intrigue and twists that I'm racing through the novel at an alarming rate. This one was very different. It w...
This book is definitely different from the police novels I've read in the past. The majority of the ones I've read had been rather fast paced filled with lots of intrigue and twists that I'm racing through the novel at an alarming rate. This one was very different. It wasn't fast paced but it was steady and although a little slow at times, it actually got me interested as the criminal investigation went on. It was a gradual procedure, and not one that would take overnight to solve. It had its exciting moments, but moments where you had to sit down and reflect as to what was going on, and it was a much different kind of police procedural novel I have ever seen so far. It was a good balance of careful analysis and examination mixed with intrigue and action. The plot did a good job of drawing you into the crime and having you also reflect and examine on how to solve it. I felt just as frustrated like Kurt was feeling when it felt as if he kept on reaching dead ends and cold trails that would lead nowhere in solving the crime.

The thing I liked the most was the character in Kurt Wallander. He's very real and three dimensional. He had his own issues to solve and it involved a total different story arc on its own aside from the murder case so you're not entirely focused on the mystery. You also got to see the "human" side of Kurt as well which I enjoyed and very much liked. It gave the story a much more realistic feeling to it and not something sensation or "Hollywood" about the entire plot. Kurt had his own faults too and so did his colleagues. I also liked how the story also focused on the secondary characters as well (especially his partner Rydberg, who also has major problems of his own). It was great to see realistic almost "fleshy" characters in the book.

I guess what I didn't really like was I'm not used to this style of writing, so I was really expecting this big flash bang sensational ending where I would be left speechless. This book isn't meant to be that way. The case was closed, and solved and that was that. No big gunfight. No SWAT team. No hostages. No Channel 6 news helicopters flying overhead (har har). It was simple, clean cut, and done. Then again the entire book was like that; clean and to the point. It was like one giant puzzle being put together and having the satisfaction of having it completed on time. Nothing celebratory or excitement just job done, go home and relax. I suppose that's how it's really done and if so, then it's another good job at keeping the story realistic.

Would I read the books following this? sure, why not? it's a short read and I don't regret picking this book up. Although it's not exciting as I hoped it would be, it held my attention enough to keep me going, as I was curious as to who did it and why. Secrets were exposed, and closure was met, and all loose ends were tied. It was well done and complete.

Overall, don't be looking for grand excitement in this one. Just a good realistic police detective novel. It's realistic, and interesting as it takes you along a journey through Sweden and their way of life. It's definitely worth giving it a try if you're up for something mellow and a more on the serious side of the police force.

posted by Sensitivemuse on November 6, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2009

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    Great series-Read them all!

    I gave this one 5 stars, although at the time I read it I may have given it 4. The entire series is wonderful and deserves a 5. Yes, this is a police crime mystery and the plot is a good one, but the main reason I enjoy these books is the character, Wallander. He is so interesting, 3 dimensional, flawed, funny, accessible, etc. You really end up caring about him, wanting to know more and hoping the book won't end. I love the setting, which I was not familiar with. Enjoy!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    great story

    so burial

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Blood

    Sorry. I don't know you copy-cat. I AM THE ONE WHO CAN ONLY GIVE EXTRA LONG AND SHARP CLAWS. But here you go. Extra long and sharp claws.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Blackenthorns

    I am a female with desire to kill goody two shoes clans. I love the work of chaos and have scars on my flank which is permently black. I have the power to turn into a wolf. I love to stir up trouble and watch someone else clean up my disasters. I have worked with a cat named blood. I have perment blood on my extra long and sharp claws. Thank u

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Mirror

    Locked out. :(

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    A fantastic book. While the style may not be like the modern pu

    A fantastic book. While the style may not be like the modern pulp fiction that you find in many crime novels these days, I found it to be a thoroughly deep novel that was just as driven by character as plot, which is rare and refreshing for this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Great read.. Great read

    Very interesting....I just wanted to keep reading. Love the show. also although it goes out of order from the books

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    Excellent book

    I've read literally hundreds of detective novels, police procedurals and the like and am always on the lookout for good writers. In Mankell I have found one. I was a bit dubious that a translation from the Swedish would be that interesting given both context and the difficulty in translation. Mankell's prose survived and is just excellent. The characters are well developed, the dialog is well done and the plot is great. I love the sparse prose style. I intend to buy the series and look forward to many hours of enjoyment. A keeper for the permanent library.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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