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Faceless Killers: The First Kurt Wallander Mystery (original 1991; edition 2003)

by Henning Mankell, Steven T. Murray (Translator)

Series: Kurt Wallander (1)

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It was a senselessly violent crime. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn't present enough problems for the Ystad police inspector, Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word is foreign, leaving the police the one tangible clue they have. It also could be the match that inflames Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments. In this case, unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecutor who has piqued his interest, Wallander finds a problem he can handle. He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, but he soon comes to realize that it will require all of his reserves of energy and dedication to solve.… (more)
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Title:Faceless Killers: The First Kurt Wallander Mystery
Authors:Henning Mankell
Other authors:Steven T. Murray (Translator)
Info:Vintage (2003), Paperback, 279 pages
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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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    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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  elinevandm | Mar 31, 2022 |
Mankell has a very, very dry writing style. I did enjoy the book but it wasn't a real page turner. Plan to read more though geiven that mankell is so highly regarded among aficiandos of the Scandinavian crime genere I have come to like so much. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
On a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer is beaten to death, while his wife is left dying, with a noose around her neck. It is for Wallander and his team to investigate.
An enjoyable police procedural, a good solid start to the series. ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
Probably 3.5 stars. Kurt Wallander is called out to investigate the brutal double murder of a farmer and his wife, whose dying word "foreigner" ignites smoldering fears within Sweden. The book's pace is uneven, but Wallander's determination successfully brings the main case and a senseless second murder to conclusion while his personal life is imbalanced too. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
The character is sort of disgusting hygiene-wise, but gets the job done with the help of his phenomenal luck, especially while chasing baddies. He always catches sight of the sneaky buggers just when he thinks he's lost them. Go Kurt Wallander! Also he gets wounded a lot.
Mankell makes this part of Sweden sound profoundly bleak.
Good characterizations and some amusing jabs about interdepartmental politics. I'd probably read another one. ( )
  flemertown | Jul 10, 2021 |
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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
Bouquet, PhilippeTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mannila, MarkkuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murray, Steven T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polet, CoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puleo, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was a senselessly violent crime. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn't present enough problems for the Ystad police inspector, Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word is foreign, leaving the police the one tangible clue they have. It also could be the match that inflames Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments. In this case, unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecutor who has piqued his interest, Wallander finds a problem he can handle. He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, but he soon comes to realize that it will require all of his reserves of energy and dedication to solve.

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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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