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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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    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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Swedish, but not about location, despite the handy map. I enjoyed it for the dailiness of it, the insight into work which I could then imagine the ebb and flow of. It's curious the role that adultery plays in all of this: secrets with unforeseen consequences.

Immigration is the other theme: horrific - and insightful - to read in light of the recent mass killings in Sweden. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
I'm afraid this first in the Wallander series was a bit of a snooze for me. Wallander is something of a bumbler... not stupid, but a bit unsure of himself, in both personal and professional matters. Yet eventually (after following false leads for most of the book) he does have an intuitive flash that solves the gruesome murder with which the story begins. This all seemed superficial to me...I just wasn't getting engaged in either the personalities or the investigation, and as it turned out, there were no clues for the reader to follow---the resolution came out of the blue and one of the most intriguing bits of evidence was just shrugged off without explanation. I wasn't crazy about the style, but that may a translation issue. Without realizing it while I was reading, I discovered that I read No. 7 in the series back in 2012, and my reaction to that one was almost identical, now that I go back and read my review. So I think I'm done with Wallander.
I will say that I was a bit astonished at the timeliness of the immigration issues described in this novel; this was Sweden coping with open borders, refugees seeking asylum, resentment of foreigners, and outright racial hatred in a book written in 1991. It could have been set right here in the USA in 2019 as far as those story elements were concerned.

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  laytonwoman3rd | May 3, 2019 |
Having loved the Swedish TV series, I decided to read the original Henning Mankell novels featuring Kurt Wallender. Set in provincial Sweden in the 1990’s, Faceless Killers is an excellent police procedural that deals with societal and political issues that still plague us today in 2019.

Right from the start, the writing is easy to read and atmospheric. Inspector Wallender emerges as a fully formed three dimensional character, full of flaws and quirks and eminently interesting. He’s petty, anxious, clumsy and impatient but his instincts make him a good cop.

The novel was just the mystery I was hoping for and I look forward to the rest of the series. ( )
  Zumbanista | Feb 3, 2019 |
Not sure if this was a bad translation or what but nope. Pretty boring and a lot of male cops calling female characters bitches for not wanting to sleep with them. Not for me. ( )
  Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
The one statement that runs through my head every time I'm in the middle of a good mystery is The payoff had better be worth it. Here, the payoff is ... adequate. It makes sense, Wallander figures it out, and the details of the case are mostly understood. The meh factor, though, is that the crime, investigation, and solution could be well explained in three sentences. When I reached the Big Answer, I thought, "Hmmm. So that's what happened." I'd prefer to think, "Holy cow. Never saw that coming in a million years." But maybe I'm being a curmudgeon. As a novel, this is fine and one can do much, much worse. I realize that I'm doing what Pope called "damning with faint praise." ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Mankell, Henningprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mannila, MarkkuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murray, Steven T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polet, CoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puleo, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary 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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