Re: RARA-AVIS: Henning Mankell

From: Nicole Leclerc (
Date: 22 Apr 2002

Jim, I'm a fan of both the Martin Becks and the Wallanders. I've just recently read FACELESS KILLERS and it was the second I read in the series although the first in the series I think. I'm reading them in a French translation and don't know if Sidetracked was one of them. The other one I read was THE FIFTH WOMAN which I found more complex. Despite the setting, there are indeed similarities with the S&W series. And I am getting my hands on all the titles in the series that I can grab. He also writes children's books and I think they're also mysteries. I'll check it out at my library which has quite a few of his books.


> Given the recent vote, there are an awful lot of
> Martin Beck fans on the list. I just finished a book
> by a Swedish writer named Henning Mankell called
> FACELESS KILLERS that I think will appeal to most
> Sjowall/Wahloo enthusiasts.
> The hero is a rural detective inspector named Kurt
> Wallender. Think of him as Carl Houseman to Martin
> Beck's Steve Carella. He operates in a rural farming
> community that, despite its rustic charm has more than
> its share of violent crime.
> The first two books published in English won some kind
> of Swedish crime writing award. The thrid,
> SIDETRACKED, won the CWA's Golden Dagger for Best
> Novel.
> I found FACELESS KILLERS to be a bit of a slow
> starter, but sticking with it paid off. I'll make a
> point of looking for the other Wallender books.

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