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Preview — Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell. It was a senselessly violent crime: Unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecuter who has piqued his interest, in this case, Wallander fqceless a problem he can handle.
He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, but soon comes to realize that it will require all his reserves of energy and dedication to solve. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Faceless Killersplease sign up. Is this a recommended book? Peggy Theriault Really liked this. Is there much gore? Many reviews mention gloomy, depressing atmosphere, which I might stand, but if there’s gratuitously overdescribed violence I’d better stay away. The country, the weather are typically gloomy and cold for that country in the far fsceless hemisphere.
See all 4 questions about Faceless Killers…. Lists with This Book. Sep 01, Kemper rated it really liked it Shelves: Yes, it had English actors playing Swedes and was filmed in Sweden. Just go with it.
And now I’m really hooked. Written inthis book introduced Wallander as a police detective in a backwater town in Sweden. When an elderly couple are brutally assualted and murdered in their rural home killets an apparently motiveless crime, the initial clues make some citizens think that someone in the flood of immigrants seeking asylum following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe is responsible.
A wave of anti-immigrant violence and hysteria is on the verge of being unleashed. Wallander is having enough trouble dealing with his messy personal life. His marriage has just failed, his emotionally troubled teenage daughter flits in and out of his life, and his estranged father is showing signs of dementia.
The strain of balancing his increasingly unmanageable personal life and his police work are starting to take a serious toll on him. In addition, he’s constantly worried about the kiloers wave of crime and violence he’s noticed rising in Sweden.
Wallander is a great sort of every-man detective. Not brilliant in a Sherlock Holmes or Columbo kind of way, and definately not built for leaping into action against the bad guys, Wallander just comes in and attacks the tasks he thinks he needs to complete to solve the crime and get his life under control.
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Even though he doesn’t manage to get through the list most days and experiences numerous setbacks, he just starts mznkell again the next morning even if doesn’t really feel like trying. Good writing with an intriguing crime and killefs very relateable main character made this an interesting read.
I’ll be checking out more of the Wallander books. View all 18 comments. Feb 17, Lyn rated it liked it. Dark, brooding and earthy — like a good Swedish crime mystery should be. Murray, was published in Set in the small city of Ystad, in the southern most tip of Sweden, and farther removed from larger cities like Malmo or Stockholm, Mankell has given this mystery a sort of smal Dark, brooding and earthy — like a killdrs Swedish crime mystery should be.
Set in the small city of Ystad, in the southern most tip of Sweden, and farther removed from larger cities like Malmo or Stockholm, Mankell has given this mystery a sort of small town charm, distinguished from the tense and energetic crime novels in urban settings. No ulcer ridden, overworked police chief barking orders here, or lengthy descriptions of cityscapes; the author has created an ominous, heady atmosphere of fear and simmering outrage after a murder of an elderly couple in a bucolic farming village.
In Wallander, Mankell has crafted a complicated and darkly charismatic protagonist. With his drinking, poor eating habits, surly manner and clumsy way with close relationships he is almost an anti-hero. Well told and with a close eye for detail, Faceless Killers also deals with such issues as racism, national identity, immigration policy and individual rights.
Known for his social activism, Mankell uses the crime novel as a vehicle to reveal and discuss inequalities and societal problems. View all 6 comments. Oct 24, Peter Fogtdal rated it it was ok. Henning Mankell might be the most famous Scandinavian writer of crime novels in the US. May I humbly ask why? I can think of at least three Swedes and two Danes who are far, far superior.
And let’s not forget the Norwegians. Read Frederik Skagen for Christ’s sake. I’m not sure he’s been translated but he’s brillant when it comes to the twisted mind of killers and rapists. Actually, I don’t like being hard on writer colleagues, but this book is simply not very good.
The prose is flat, only two of Henning Mankell might be the most famous Scandinavian writer of crime novels in the US. The prose is flat, only two of the characters come alive for me, and I was a tiny bit bored as well. I made the mistake of teaching this novel at Portland State University and my students absolutely hated it. Every single of them. I like the portrait of the main character and the small meditations on immigrants and racism in Sweden.
View all 16 comments. Da ne govorimo o Kenetu Brani koji je presonalizovao britansku verziju serijala o inspektoru Valanderu An elderly couple is robbed and brutally murdered and it’s up to police inspector Kurt Wallander to find the killer or killers. Can Kurt act on the meager information he has available and solve the case as his private life disintegrates around him? Faceless Killers is the first such book to fall into my hands. Faceless Killers isn’t a happy An elderly couple is robbed and brutally murdered and it’s up to police inspector Kurt Wallander to find the killer or killers.
Faceless Killers isn’t a happy book, much as its title indicates. It’s bleaker than a visit to an insurance office, mostly due to poor Kurt Wallander and his life. The mystery is an intriguing one and delves into the secret life of one of the victims.
The mystery is not of the solveable variety but that’s ultimately not that important. My main attractions to Faceless Killers were the glimpse into Swedish society and Kurt Wallander himself.
The fact that one of Wallander’s clues is that the killer is a foreigner thrusts the reader into a world of refugees, racism, and red tape. There are false leads and I have to admit I wasn’t sure what was going on in the investigation part of the time.
And that brings us to Kurt Wallander himself. He’s no super-hero unless lonliness and not having anything go right in his personal life is a super power. He’s getting older and fatter, his wife left him, his daughter is a stranger, his relationship with his father is strained, and all he has is his job.
Faceless Killers is a good police procedural story. It’s pretty bleak and moves a little slowly for my tastes but is still a good read.
I’ll give it a 3, possibly upgrading to a 4 somewhere down the line. View all 19 comments. Sep 29, notgettingenough rated it afceless not like it Shelves: Maybe this book is dreadfully translated Mostly you end up with a bunch of bits that don’t make sense. It’s a popular theory in Australia that Ikea furniture is some sort of revenge upon people who live in sunlight.
Maybe Henning Mankell is a plot to get the people who escaped the Ikea trap. We all over here prefer more Abba and less bad furniture and miserable books please. View all 3 comments. May 03, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: There’s something about Swedish authors that both fascinates me and tugs at my heartstrings.
Henning Mankell does indeed do that for me with his Inspector Kurt Wallander. The air of suspense begins with the words: Something he dreamt during the night. Something he ought to remember.
He tries to remember. But sleep is like a black hole. A well that reveals nothing of its contents. We soon discover that a gruesome murder has taken place manoell a farm, with only a neighbouring farmhouse, outside the sleepy village of Lunnarp.