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Faceless Killers: Kurt Wallander: An Inspector Wallander Mystery (original 1991; edition 2008)

by Henning Mankell

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Title:Faceless Killers: Kurt Wallander: An Inspector Wallander Mystery
Authors:Henning Mankell
Info:Vintage (2008), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:fiction, mystery, sweden

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Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (1991)

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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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Set in a small town in Sweden, this book is about police inspector Kurt Wallander. Wallander is a middle-aged man whose wife has recently left him, and is estranged from his daughter. He visits his elderly, frequently confused father and develops an interest in a newly arrived prosecutor who is married with children. The story is solid, and the police investigation is detailed and convincing. Wallender is often miserable being alone and is heading toward alcoholism. I really liked the character of Rhyberg, the steady second-man to Wallander. I'll have to see if he is in subsequent books in the series. Although I was often taken out of the story due to the awkwardness of the translation, I really enjoyed this novel and think it was well-written. I cared about the characters and followed the murder investigation right along with the police officers. Three and a half stars. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
I have read a number of Henning Mankell's books, all featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander. Each had not disappointed me. All I would like to say about this one is that you cannot go wrong if you like crime stories. I have also watched the excellent Swedish series, which has English subtitles.

As a note of interest, Henning Mankell was not only a novelist. He was a produced playwright and screenwriter, married to Ingmar Bergman's daughter. His passing was a mighty blow to me. ( )
  phillipfrey | May 28, 2017 |
Detective Kurt Wallander drinks lots of whiskey, deals with his eccentric and resentful father, ponders the decline of Swedish society, and roams Ystad looking for answers to a series of murders of immigrants. ( )
  contrabrarian | Mar 27, 2017 |
while browsing at the library, mr. Mankells books caught my eye. Faceless killers is his first novel to be translated to English. And maybe that was the problem with the book?! I thought the plot was very good, but the book read like a newspaper article. Very matter of fact and unemotional. So I'm thinking....maybe the translation....... ( )
  sarahjvigen | Mar 23, 2017 |
Kurt Wallender is the Swedish detective created by Henning Mankell. All Mankell's books are absorbing. ( )
  UtopianPessimist | Jan 18, 2017 |
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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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Mannila, MarkkuTranslatorsecondary 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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