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Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
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Faceless Killers (1991)

by Henning Mankell

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Series: Kurt Wallander (1)

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    ehines: For an American like I am, Sweden is an almost mythical land--a sort of soft-porn socialist paradise. Both these books let you in on a very different side of Sweden. More real, but not offputting.
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    The Black Angel by John Connolly (Gmonti)
    Gmonti: O cualquier otro libro de H. Mankell, aunque no tan negro no fantástico. También pueden disfrutar de Cell o la saga de La Torreo Oscura de Stephen King
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Heard these were coming up on Masterpiece Mystery, so thought I would check them out. Interesting to read about the "refugee" controversy in Sweden, following behind a well-drawn character in the person of police inspector Kurt Wallander. Also get a taste of the complications of his family life...Dark (as one might guess from the title) but I liked it. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
I enjoyed this first book in Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series. I found it to be a page-turner with lots of twists and turns. The characters were well developed and the plot was very clever. It was also a great look at life in Sweden. Wallander reminds me of Rebus, Ian Rankin's chief inspector in Scotland. I will definitely continue this series and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
Faceless Killers Henning Mankell
★★★

Set in the Swedish town of Ystad this is the first book in the Kurt Wallander series.

The book opens with the brutal murder of two pensioners living on a remote farm, the brutality of the attack shocks the police and they are determined to find the culprits whatever the cost.

Before the woman dies she repeatedly utters the word foreign, the police are reluctant to let this information out into the public domain as the Swedish immigration policy is one that always raises tension as does the fact that large refugee camps exist in the areas surrounding where the couple were killed.

While Wallander sets out to solve the murder case we learn more about him, about his failed marriage, his estranged daughter and his drink problem all of which make him a sympathetic character as does his modesty and self depreciation about his policing abilities and the mistakes made along the way.

Having recently been reading the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo I can see correlations between the two male leads.

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  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
Audiobook. Mankell is always dependable. I love to read about his miserable hero and his concerns about Swedish society. Hearing the book read all of the very Swedish names are quite wonderful. This is an early novel which I hadn't read. I'm a sucker for detective fiction. Liked the way this novel sprawled. Two or three stories really. Watched the BBC version on masterpiece last weekend as well. They did quite butcher the story. But who can not enjoy an unshaven Kenneth Branagh. ( )
  idiotgirl | Dec 25, 2015 |
First in the Wallander series, which has some claim to be the one that really established Scandinavian crime writing as a genre in itself for English-speaking readers (the Martin Beck novels were earlier, but probably didn't have quite as much impact).

Kurt Wallander has excellent qualifications to be a fictional detective: he's middle-aged, divorced, depressed, occasionally drinks too much, has a difficult relationship with his daughter, and even listens to opera. What more could you ask? The interesting thing that Mankell does to distinguish these books a little from other police procedurals is to set them not in a specialised big-city serious crime squad, but in a small town where the police have to be prepared to turn their hands to just about anything that comes up. And it just happens to be a small town at the very southernmost tip of Sweden, so there's a good chance that what turns up will have interesting international connections, as it does in this first story where the investigation into the brutal murder of an elderly couple on a remote farm gets mixed up with a wave of xenophobic violence. ( )
  thorold | Dec 1, 2015 |
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Mankell was developing not only the characters but his own style, here, which is not nearly as polished as some later works..Faceless Killers is a worthwhile read for those who've come to the Wallander series late, perhaps through the recent BBC series with Kenneth Branaugh, or as a re-read for long-time series fans. Since most of the tension in the book comes from the characters, not the mystery they're solving, even knowing the ending doesn't take much away from this very solid book.
 

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Mankell, Henningprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mannila, MarkkuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murray, Steven T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polet, CoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sinopsis de la contratapa: En este histórico primer encuentro con sus lectores, el inspector Wallander debe resolver un caso casi tan complicado como su vida personal. Mientras procura desenmascarar a los despiadados asesinos de una anciana que ha muerto con la palabra "extranjero" en la boca antes de que los prejuicios raciales latentes en la comunidad desaten una ola de violencia vengadora, Wallander debe enfrentar el abandono de su esposa, la hostilidad de su hija, la demencia senil de su padre y hasta su propio deterioro físico a causa del exceso de alcohol y comida barata y la falta de sueño. Wallander terminarán por hallar la inesperada solución del caso, pero sus problemas familiares no acabarán con este libro. Por no hablar de los de su país, arrojado a una nueva era en la que, como cree el inspector, "la inquietud aumentará bajo el cielo".
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If you remember with pleasure those dark and gloomy Martin Beck mysteries by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, you'll be glad to plunge into the first of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallender mysteries to appear in English. Wallender's personal life can occasionally seem more depressing than even a provincial Swedish detective should be asked to bear, but his investigative skills are strictly first rate. And Mankell's story of the brutal murder of an elderly farm couple uncovers an unusual aspect of life in modern Sweden--a streak of fear and prejudice against the many newcomers from Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe who have sought asylum there.

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The murder of a farming couple in Sweden unleashes a wave of xenophobia when it is learned that the woman's dying words were "foreigner." The case is given to Inspector Kurt Wallender, a lover of opera and booze. Part crime story, part look at the attitude of Swedes to immigrants.… (more)

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