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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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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 |
Amazon Prime lend. Nice first one a series, but also too long.
The main story of the brutal murders of a married couple meanders along. The side stories where ok. real problems and real people.
One of the themes was the rise of racism, fueled by asylum-seekers.
Could have been less other side stories, to give a shorter book and a faster read.
Not too much romance, sex only hinted at, taking place off-page.
Recommended. For fans of Sweden and a different take on crime for US-readers, this being typical European problems. I read this in German translation, the english one may be different. ( )
  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
07/14/2012 page 30 11.0% "Finally, I am back to my Swedish mysteries and this seems like it will be the one to start over with. So far a murder (possible double murder) was committed and tension is palpable."
07/21/2012 page 167 60.0% "Not a bad book so far. This is the first book in the Kurt Wallander mystery series. Detective Wallander is a newly divorced cop who is struggling to find himself after his divorce and struggling to solve a double murder while revenge murders are taking place."
The book was good. It kept you interested and was at a pretty consistant pace. It ended up being about multiple murders and really intruduced you to Kurt Wallender the detective (inspector) was is the main character and is the subject of several other books. ( )
  campingmomma | Aug 20, 2015 |
This is the first Inspector Kurt Wallander novel
Set in an area called Skane in Sweden during a harsh winter.
An elderly farm couple are murdered, Wallander investigates digs deeper looks into their past.
Also there is a spate of attacks on refugees no link between cases.
Wallander and his team are very patient and finally get the break they need and solve these crimes.

First book in the series so its a bit of an introduction to Wallander and his colleagues. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Apr 29, 2015 |
Faceless Killers, the first book in the Kurt Wallender series, brings Wallender to a remote Swedish farmhouse where an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. The dying woman’s last word is foreign, leaving the police the one tangible clue they have–and in the process, could inflame Sweden’s already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments. The timing of the case couldn’t be worse for the already stressed and depressed Wallender-- His wife has left him, his daughter won't speak to him, and his father is drifting into a resentful, disoriented old age. Despite an interesting premise I found this procedural mystery bleak and ultimately boring. I would give this novel 2 out of 5 stars and probably will not continue with the rest of the series. ( )
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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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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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