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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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Kurt Wallender is the Swedish detective created by Henning Mankell. All Mankell's books are absorbing. ( )
  UtopianPessimist | Jan 18, 2017 |
After watching 4 seasons of Wallander on Netflix, I was left wanting more. I decided to pick up a couple of Kurt Wallander mystery books by Swedish author Henning Mankell that have been translated from the Swedish by Steven T. Murray.

When an elderly farm couple is brutally murdered with no obvious reason, Wallander and his team have few clues to solve this crime. The character of Wallander is a complicated character that can be unpredictable. He is far from being the perfect police inspector, but he is dogged in tracking down the criminals. Faceless killers is a constantly progressing police procedural with a satisfying ending. I am looking forward to the second book I purchased by Henning Mankel, The Pyramid. ( )
  Tmtrvlr | Jan 17, 2017 |
Asesinos sin rostro (Wallander #1) - Henning Mankell (Spanish/English Review) El primer caso del Detective Kurt Wallander nos trae un horrendo doble asesinato de dos abuelitos que viven en el campo. En sus últimos segundos de vida, la abuela moribunda sólo alcanza a decir "Extranjeros", lo que sólo aumenta la tensión que existe en Suecia respecto a la gran cantidad de inmigrantes a principios de los noventa, desembocando en un aumento explosivo de la violencia contra los extranjeros que Wallander tendrá que resolver mientras su propia vida se cae a pedazos tras ser abandonado por su mujer, estar sin contacto con su hija y sufrir los inicios de la demencia senil de su padre.
 
Aunque una vez más nos encontramos con la fórmula de un protagonista con la vida de cabeza, lleno de taras y un incipiente alcoholismo, la primera entrega del detective Wallander no decepciona y logra mostrarnos una investigación realista, con muchas vueltas y muchos sospechosos de un crimen que se hace urgente resolver para evitar una escalada de violencia aún peor. Cuatro estrellas y espero seguir con la saga!
 
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The first book of this saga presents us with the gruesome murder of an old married couple that lived in the country. The wife's last dying word is "foreign", and that word alone augments the already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments, starting a very violent spree of immigrant attacks that the Detective Kurt Wallander has to stop before it's too late while trying at the same time to put his life together after being abandoned by his wife, being estranged with his daughter and suffering his father's firsts encounters with senile dementia.
 
Although this book follows the familiar combination of crime a flawed main character, this first encounter with Kurt Wallander does not disappoint and brings us a realistic investigation, with many turns and many suspects. I really liked this one and I hope to continue with the rest of the books. Four books! ( )
  Danyspike | Jan 14, 2017 |
Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell; (3 1/2*);

Kurt Wallander is a Swedish investigative detective. He is estranged from his wife, his daughter and friends. He has a problematic relationship with his father, who I found to be such an interesting character in the novel. I thought that all of the characters were well developed, that the dialog was very well done and I found the story-line to be quite engaging. I loved the sparse prose style Mankell has used with this series.
In this particular book of the series the brutal torture and murder of an elderly farm couple puzzles and horrifies the department. The only clues are the unusual ligature on a rope used in the crime and the wife's dying whisper that their attackers were "foreign". This puts the police on the track of the immigrant population. Wallander soon finds himself spending as much time dealing with attacks by racists as with the initial crime and Mankell uses the scenario as a way to explain both Wallander's own frustration with an immigration system that's obviously badly broken and as a warning about the escalating tensions and the hatreds of folk less level-headed than the detective.
Wallander, as a detective, is a sympathetic character and the observations about Sweden in particular and Europe in general I found to be quite a brain-worm for myself. The cultural backdrop, against which the story is set, is as bleak and as barren as the wintry landscape.
I definitely recommend this series. ( )
  rainpebble | Dec 5, 2016 |
The first in the series, this is a good introduction to Kurt Wallender, a middle-aged Swedish detective whose life is beginning to fall apart: his wife has left him, he is turning to alcohol for comfort, he appears to have a dysfunctional relationship with his daughter, and his father is beginning to suffer from senility. Although there is much going wrong in his life, he's not broken but quite capable of handling the job, even a tough one such as this. In this story Swedish policy on immigrants and refugees plays a part when a brutal double murder is thought to have been committed by "foreigners", indicating a group in transition that makes them practically untraceable. Although the book was published in 1991, similar immigration issues still exist in many European countries to the present day. A well-written mystery that portrayed a complicated, engaging character as well as the country.

I enjoyed this better than any other Scandi crime novel I've tried so far. Apart from one or two minor anomalies that indicated this was not the original language, the translation was good. Recommended. ( )
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307742857, Mass Market Paperback)

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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