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Faceless Killers (original 1991; edition 2011)

by Henning Mankell

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Title:Faceless Killers
Authors:Henning Mankell
Info:Vintage (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
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Tags:mystery, sweden

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Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (1991)

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I enjoyed this first appearance of Mankell's Wallander. The mystery is good, the characters are human and well-drawn, and the atmospherics make for great reading. Winter in rural Sweden makes for an awfully good mystery setting, not surprisingly, and Mankell carries it off well. ( )
  JBD1 | Apr 15, 2016 |
For some reason, it seems like Swedish writers believe it to be essential to the story to go into detail the names of the streets and towns, mostly unpronounceable,
as if the reader cares which street they turned onto from which street when it has no bearing at all on the story. A small criticism but one I also found in my favorite Girl with Dragon Tattoo series. This is a great tale about solving a murder where very few things are as they appear. The story deals with an honest but personally flawed detective and his men as they fumble their way to resolution. The writer skillfully portrays the bleak Swedish winter and the atmosphere existing in rural Sweden. I enjoyed it and believe most anyone will find much to like ( )
  brucemmoyer | Apr 8, 2016 |
The book is a 1991, police procedural mystery by Swedish author Henning Mankell and translated from the Swedish by Steven T. Murray. It is the first in the series featuring the senior police officer Kurt Wallander. The story is set in Sweden, it is January 1990 and Wallander is covering for the chief who is on vacation. He is called out to an isolated farmhouse and discovers a heinous murder of an old farmer and his wife. There is no clues except for a word spoken by the woman prior to her death. This word causes an outbreak of racial hatred when it is leaked to the press. As the first book of a series, we are introduced to Wallander, a man in his forties, his wife has left him, his daughter is not talking to him and his aging father is ornery and possibly senile. It's a decent mystery of the police procedural type and like most mystery thriller's easy to read. It is a 1001 Book You Must Read Before You Die but other than being Swedish I am not sure what it offers in the development of the novel. The theme of racial hatred stems from the influx of foreigners seeking asylum and the political and social problems that occur. ( )
  Kristelh | Mar 31, 2016 |
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 |
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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
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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