Photo of Scania by Nicolas Masse used under a Creative Commons license.
Henning Mankell, Faceless Killers (Vintage Crime, 2003).
Kurt Wallender is a detective in the Swedish province of Scania, in the very southern end of the country. Called upon to investigate the brutal murder of an elderly couple on a rural farm, a murder without an apparent motive, Wallender finds himself confronting Swedish anxiety about immigration. Mankell does not hurry things, leaving plenty of time to absorb Wallender’s surroundings. Originally published in Sweden in 1997, and the first of several novels featuring Wallender.
Here is the bio at Mankell’s website. Here’s a bio from Meekalee. Nicci Gerrard (The Observer) interviews Mankell. Ian Thomson (The Guardian) profiles him. Angel L. Soto calls it a pleasure to read. Sue Magee was hooked right from the beginning. Orin Judd gives it a B+. Terry gives it a B-. According to martin, Mankell hadn’t hit his stride yet. Leila Roy begs to differ. dovegreyreader’s first encounter with Wallender went well. But Becky didn’t like it. Anders Hanson read it because it’s set in Sweden. Julius Lester wonders how to live in the new. Jonathan Bart was reminded of several other authors. The Book Fiend liked the sedate pace.