Faceless Killers is the first novel in the Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell, described as “Sweden’s greatest living crime writer” and “the dean of Scandianvian noir.”
I love a good mystery novel — a good mystery novel — but most mystery novels are very bad. I can’t even finish them.
Genre novels — mystery, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, etc. — have a built-in audience so the quality standard is well below the standard for a mainstream novel.
I did finish Faceless Killers, so it’s better than most, but it’s still no more exciting than a Swedish meatball.
If you’ve ever had an inkling to try writing a mystery novel, I encourage you to move forward with it. Your competition is mostly idiots.