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Faceless Killers
Originally published in Swedish as Mördare utan ansikte in 1991 and later translated into German as Mörder ohne Gesicht.

Synopsis
Faceless Killers is the first Kurt Wallander novel written by Henning Mankell. An elderly farm couple is brutally murdered and the only clue is the word "Foreign". Wallander must find the killers before anger towards foreigners boils over.

From Random House:
One frozen January Morning at 5 am, Inspector Wallander responds to what he expects 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, victims of violence beyond reason. The woman supplies Wallander with his only clue: the perpetrators may have been foreign. When this is leaked to the press, racial hatred is unleashed. Kurt Wallander is a senior police officer at Ystad, a small town in the wind-lashed Swedish province of Skåne. His life is a shambles. His wife has left him, his daughter refuses to speak to him, even his ageing father barely tolerates him. He works tirelessly, eats badly and drinks the nights away in a lonely, neglected flat. But now winter closes its grip on Ystad, and Wallander, his tenacious efforts closely monitored by the tough minded (and disarmingly attractive) district attorney Anette Brolin, must forget his trouble, and throw himself into a battle against time and xenophobia.

From Random House:
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't present enough problems for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word is foreign, leaving the police the one tangible clue they have--and in the process, the match that could inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

Unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecutor 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.

From SVT Sales:
One night in early spring, an elderly farmer and his wife are savagely murdered in an isolated and rural area of southernmost Sweden. The police are puzzled. There doesn't seem to be a motive for the killings, neither robbery nor revenge. Heading the investigation is Detective Superintendent Kurt Wallander. His task isn't made any easier by the fact that at the same time a nearby refugee centre comes under a series of attacks which culminate in the slaying of a Somali refugee.

From Walmart.com:
In a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer has been bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. Before the old woman dies, she utters the word foreign, which may be the only real clue the police have to go on. And they need to work fast. The press has reported the dying word, and white supremacists have threatened a nearby refugee camp, vowing to take justice into their own hands. Recently divorced, overweight, drinking too much and not sleeping enough, and maybe failing for the beautiful but married prosecutor Anette Brolin, Police Inspector Kurt Wallander doggedly leads the investigation into a crime for which there seems to be no reason, or certainly not one Wallander is sure he wants to know.

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Language Title Publication Date Translator
Flag of Sweden Swedish Mördare utan ansikte 1991 N/A
Flag of the United Kingdom English Faceless Killers 1997 Steven T. Murray
Flag of Germany German Mörder ohne Gesicht 1993 Barbara Sirges, Paul Berf
Flag of The Netherlands Dutch Moordenaar zonder gezicht 1997 Cora Polet
Flag of France French Meurtriers sans visage 1994 Philippe Bouquet
Flag of Italy Italian Assassino senza volto 2001 Giorgio Puleo
Flag of Spain Spanish Asesinos sin rostro 2001 Dea M. Mansten, Amanda Monjonell Mansten
Flag of Spain Catalan ??    
Flag of Spain Basque ??    
Flag of Norway Norwegian Morder uten ansikt 1993 Kari Bolstad
Flag of Finland Finnish Kasvoton kuolema    
Flag of Denmark Danish Mordere uden ansigt    
Flag of Iceland Icelandic ??    
Flag of Portugal Portuguese Assassinos sem rosto    
Flag of Greece Greek Εκτελεστεσ διχωσ προσωπο 2002  
Flag of Poland Polish Morderca bez twarzy 2004 Anna Marciniakówna
Flag of Slovenia Slovenian Morilec brez obraza 2003 Branko Perko
Flag of Turkey Turkish Ölümün Karanlık Yüzü 2000 Ela Yıldırım
Flag of Japan Japanese 殺人者の顔 創元推理文庫    
Flag of South Korea Korean ??    
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Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail Mördare utan ansikte Flag Publisher: Ordfront
Format: Paperback
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9170371652
Released: 2005-Jan
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Ordfront.se
Product Thumbnail Faceless Killers (A Kurt Wallander Novel) Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 0099445220
Released: 2002-Sept-05
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail Faceless Killers: A Mystery (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Publisher: Vintage Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1400031575
Released: 2003-Jan-01
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail Faceless Killers (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) Publisher: Harvill Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 279
ISBN: 186046808X
Released: 2000-Oct-19
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail Faceless Killers (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) Publisher: Harvill Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1860467563
Released: 2000-Apr-20
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail Faceless Killers (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) Publisher: Harvill Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1860467806
Released: 2000-Apr-20
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander Mysteries) Publisher: New Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1565846052
Released: 2000-Aug-01
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail Faceless Killers Publisher: New Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 284
ISBN: 156584341X
Released: 1997-Mar-01
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail Mörder ohne Gesicht Flag Publisher: Dtv
Format:
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ISBN: 3423202327
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Markets: Flag
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Product Thumbnail Mörder ohne Gesicht Flag Publisher: Zsolnay
Format:
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ISBN: 3552051600
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Markets: Flag
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail Meurtriers sans visage Flag Publisher: Seuil
Format:
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ISBN: 2020555549
Released:
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
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Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail Meurtriers sans visage Flag Publisher: Policiers
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ISBN: 2267016052
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Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.fr
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail Asesinos sin rostro Flag Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 8483101599
Released: 2001-02
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
DVD & Video
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail Mördare utan ansikte Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Sandrew Metronome AB
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: Swedish
Rating:
Released: 2003-12-03
Status: In Print
DVD.se
Product Thumbnail Henning Mankell 3 Disc DVD Box Set Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Sandrew Metronome AB
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: Swedish
Rating:
Released: 2003-12-03
Status: In Print
DVD.se
Product Thumbnail Mörder ohne Gesicht Flag DVD Logo Publisher:  ZDF
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Language: German
Rating: FSK 6
Released: 2005-03-28
Status: Coming soon
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail Asesinos sin rostro Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Llamentol
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: Spanish
Rating:
Released: 2006-Feb-14
Status: In Print
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