Kurt Wallander

24 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 8,159 ratings

Faceless Killers Publisher's Summary

First in the Kurt Wallander mystery series.

It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

With this case - unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the young prosecutor who has piqued his interest - Wallander feels he has a problem he can handle. He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, though it will require all of his talent to do so.

©1991 Henning Mankell, English translation 1997 Steven T. Murray (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Faceless Killers

    • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell, Steven T. Murray - translator
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,394
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 935
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 923

    It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A new favorite detective series!

    • By Joanna on 09-03-10

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Faceless Killers

    • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    One frozen January morning at 5am, Inspector Wallander responds to what he believes is a routine call out. When he reaches the isolated farmhouse he discovers a bloodbath. An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely alive beside his shattered body, both victims of a violence beyond reason. Wallander's life is a shambles. His wife has left him, his daughter refuses to speak to him, and even his ageing father barely tolerates him.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • “What kind of world are we living in?”

    • By Jefferson on 05-10-14

    Regular price: $21.42

  • Book 2

    • The Dogs of Riga

    • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson - translator
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 725
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 483
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 476

    On the Swedish coastline, the bodies of two victims of grisly torture and cold execution are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain that he has the ability to solve the case. After the victims are traced to Latvia, Major Liepa of the Riga police takes over the investigation. Thinking his work is done, Wallander slips back into his routine - until he is suddenly called to Riga and plunged into an alien world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • My first Mankell book

    • By Stevon on 12-17-06

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Dogs of Riga

    • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell, read by Sean Barrett. Sweden, winter, 1991. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team receive an anonymous tip-off. A few days later a life raft is washed up on a beach. In it are two men, dressed in expensive suits, shot dead. The dead men were criminals, victims of what seems to have been a gangland hit. But what appears to be an open-and-shut case soon takes on a far more sinister aspect.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Wallander book

    • By Lia on 03-04-12

    Regular price: $28.12

  • Book 3

    • The White Lioness

    • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson - translator
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 703
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 437

    The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case, except that there is no obvious suspect. Wallander follows a lead on a determined stalker. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, Wallander begins to realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex and dangerous. Eventually, his search uncovers an assassination plot, and Wallander soon finds himself in a tangle with the secret police and with a ruthless foreign agent.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great boo.

    • By Amelie on 01-17-08

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The White Lioness

    • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Random House presents the audiobook edition of The White Lioness by Henning Mankell, read by Sean Barrett. In 1992, in peaceful Southern Sweden, Louise Akerblom, an estate agent, pillar of the Methodist church, wife and mother, disappears. There is no explanation and no motive. Inspector Wallander and his team are called in to investigate. As Wallander is introduced to this case, he has a gut feeling that the victim will never be found alive, but he has no idea how far he will have to go in search of the killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another page turner

    • By Mark on 08-21-18

    Regular price: $30.62

  • Book 4

    • The Man Who Smiled

    • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson - translator
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 521
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 320

    In this adventure from the pen of Sweden's master of crime and mystery, a disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted. Crestfallen, dejected, and spiraling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help and later turns up dead, Wallander realizes that he was wrong not to listen.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Mankell Trilogy

    • By Stevon on 07-14-07

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Man Who Smiled

    • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Crestfallen, dejected, and spiralling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Kurt Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help to investigate the suspicious circumstances in which his father has died, Kurt doesn't want to know. But when the solicitor also turns up dead, shot three times, Wallander realises that he was wrong not to listen.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Wallander

    • By Lia on 11-29-13

    Regular price: $23.44

  • Book 5

    • Sidetracked

    • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 630
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 411
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 411

    While tracking a demented serial killer, Detective Kurt Wallander is beset with obstacles: a department distracted by the threat of cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous relationship with a widow, and an unshakably haunting preoccupation with a girl who set herself on fire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripped again...

    • By Rebecarol on 02-10-08

    Regular price: $25.17

    • Sidetracked

    • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Midsummer approaches, and Wallander prepares for a holiday with the new woman in his life, hopeful that his wayward daughter and his ageing father will cope without him. But his summer is ruined when a girl commits suicide before his eyes, and a former minister of justice is butchered in the first of a series of apparently motiveless murders.

    Regular price: $25.58

  • Book 6

    • The Fifth Woman

    • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell, Steven T. Murray - translator
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 975
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 554
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 561

    In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered, and the death of the unknown woman is covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two strange murders with an elusive connection to the fifth woman.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A new Henning Mankell fan is born

    • By Rebecarol on 01-01-08

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Fifth Woman

    • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Four nuns and a fifth woman, a visitor to Africa, are killed in a savage nighttime attack. Months later in Sweden, the news of the unexplained tragedy sets off a cruel vengeance for these killings. Inspector Kurt Wallander is home from an idyllic holiday in Rome, full of energy and plans for the future. Autumn settles in, and Wallander prays the winter will be peaceful. But when he investigates the disappearance of an elderly birdwatcher, he discovers a gruesome and meticulously planned murder - a body impaled in a trap of sharpened bamboo poles.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • *SO SO*

    • By Anne on 12-02-17

    Regular price: $25.58

  • Book 7

    • One Step Behind

    • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 678
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 337

    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in 18th-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Definitely Recommend

    • By Joanna on 08-02-10

    Regular price: $27.97

    • One Step Behind

    • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    It is Midsummer's Eve. Three young friends meet in a wood to act out an elaborate masque. But, unknown to them, they are being watched. Each is killed by a single bullet. Soon afterwards, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is found murdered. Is this the same killer, and what could the connection be? In this investigation, Wallander is always, tantalisingly, one step behind.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderfully read

    • By DG on 06-21-11

    Regular price: $25.68

  • Book 8

    • Firewall

    • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell, Ebba Segerberg - translator
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 477
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 297
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301

    A body is found at an ATM, the apparent victim a of heart attack. Then two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime, showing no remorse whatsoever. Two open-and-shut cases. At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, he begins to unravel a plot much more complicated than he initially suspected.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not my favorite

    • By Kathleen on 01-16-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Firewall

    • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Stopping to use a cash machine one evening, a man inexplicably falls to the ground: dead. A taxi driver is brutally murdered by two teenage girls. Quickly apprehended they appal local policemen with their total lack of remorse. One girl escapes police custody and disappears without trace. Soon afterwards, a blackout covers half the country. When an engineer arrives at the malfunctioning power station, he makes a grisly discovery. Inspector Kurt Wallander is sure that these events must be linked - somehow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Lia on 11-29-13

    Regular price: $25.68

  • Book 9

    • The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries

    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 512
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 309

    The Pyramid is the long-awaited addition to Henning Mankell's critically celebrated and internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery series: the book of five short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here are the stories that trace, chronologically, Wallander's growth from a rookie cop into a young father and then a middle-aged divorcé, illuminating how Wallander became a first-rate detective and highlighting new facets of a now canonical character.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pyramid story is extraordinary

    • By CBDC on 05-21-10

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Pyramid

    • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    When Kurt Wallander first appeared in Faceless Killers back in 1990, he was a senior police officer, just turned 40, with his life in a mess. His wife had left him, his father barely acknowledged him; he ate badly and drank alone at night. The Pyramid chronicles the events that led him to such a place. We see him in the early years, doing hours on the beat whilst trying to solve a murder off-duty; witness the beginnings of his fragile relationship with Mona, the woman he has his heart set on marrying.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Book

    • By Lia on 11-29-13

    Regular price: $25.58

  • Book 10

    • The Troubled Man

    • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson - translator
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 697
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 434
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 445

    Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "Somebody is not telling me the truth ..."

    • By Brendan on 08-02-12

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Troubled Man

    • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
    • By: Henning Mankell
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Every morning Håkan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. However, one winter’s day he fails to come home. It seems that he has vanished without trace. Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation but he has personal reasons for his interest in the case, as Håkan’s son is engaged to his daughter.... The return of Kurt Wallander, for his final case, confirms Henning Mankell’s position as the king of crime writing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Mystery

    • By Lia on 11-29-13

    Regular price: $25.68

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