Inspector Kurt Wallander, a local Swedish police officer whose own personal life is falling apart, finds himself coping with a wave of anti-foreigner sentiment when he is put in charge of the investigation into the brutal murders of an elderly couple. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

<b>From the dean of Scandinavian&#160;noir, the first riveting installment in the internationally bestselling and&#160;universally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series, the basis for the PBS series staring Kenneth Branagh.</b><br><br>It was a senselessly violent crime: on a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn&rsquo;t present enough problems for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman&rsquo;s last word is <i>foreign</i>, leaving the police the one tangible clue they have&ndash;and in the process, the match that could inflame Sweden&rsquo;s already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments. <br><br>Unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecuter who has peaked his interest, in this case, Wallander finds a problem he can handle. He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, but soon comes to realize that it will require all his reserves of energy and dedication to solve. - (Random House, Inc.)

“An exquisite novel of mesmerizing depth and suspense.” — Los Angeles Times The introduction, discussion questions, author biography, and suggested reading list that follow are designed to enhance your group’s reading of Swedish novelist Henning Mankell’s brilliant mystery, Faceless Killers . - (Random House, Inc.)