The first book in Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell's popular Wallander series is "Faceless Killers." "Faceless Killers" was published in 1991 in Sweden and was followed by "The Dogs of Riga" in 1992 and "White Lioness" in 1993. The fourth and fifth books were "The Man Who Smiled" and "Sidetracked," released in 1994 and 1995 respectively. There are eleven novels total in the series, which focuses on feature character Inspector Kurt Wallander and the cases that he solves.
Beginning with "Faceless Killers" in 1991, a new book in the Kurt Wallander series was released every year through 1999. The sixth book in the series was "The Fifth Woman," followed by "One Step Behind" and "Firewall." The ninth book, "The Pyramid," was published in 1999; the next two books, "An Event in Autumn" and "The Troubled Man," were not published until 2004 and 2009 respectively.
Mankell also published "Before the Frost" in 2002, which was meant to be a spin-off book series that featured Wallander's daughter Linda as the main protagonist. A personal tragedy close to the author and the story derailed the author's plans. He was too upset to continue working on the book series. The author died in 2015.
All of the books in the Wallander series have been translated into English, beginning in 1997 with "Faceless Killers." In total, the Kurt Wallander series has been translated into over 40 languages.