“In the corridor he immediately recognised the young police cadet Martinsson sitting on a chair outside one of the rooms. Wallander could feel himself getting annoyed. Was there really no-one available to send to the hospital but a young, inexperienced cadet? …The youngest policeman on the force, who so far in his career had never even been forced to notify someone of a relative’s death.”
Faceless Killers, Chapters 2 & 10 - by Henning Mankell
Slowly rereading them all, one by one. I’d forgotten how good Faceless Killers was. For the first outing in the series, the characters are all fully-formed and the action is exciting as well as being thought-provoking.
I like how Mankell’s central message runs through the whole text without being anvilicious or preachy. He would have had a lot to say about the current situation in Europe. Perhaps this book says it for him.