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Faceless Killers First in the Kurt Wallander mystery series It was a crime of senseless violence On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death his wife left to die with a no

  • Title: Faceless Killers
  • Author: Henning Mankell Dick Hill
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  • Page: 450
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  • Faceless Killers By Henning Mankell Dick Hill, First in the Kurt Wallander mystery series.It was a crime of senseless violence On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck As if this didn t present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman s last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign IFirst in the Kurt Wallander mystery series.It was a crime of senseless violence On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck As if this didn t present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman s last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden s already smoldering anti immigrant sentiments.With this case unlike the situation with his ex wife, his estranged daughter, or the young prosecutor who has piqued his interest Wallander feels he has a problem he can handle He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, though it will require all of his talent to do so.Listening Length 8 hours and 57 minutes

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    1. During one of my periodic efforts to prove to myself that I m not one of The Great Unwashed, I watched PBS s Masterpiece Mystery series featuring the Swedish detective Kurt Wallander as played by Kenneth Branagh Yes, it had English actors playing Swedes and was filmed in Sweden Just go with it I liked it quite a bit and since I also loved the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I decided to read some about these murderous Swedes And now I m really hooked.Written in 1990, this book introduced Walla [...]

    2. Dark, brooding and earthy like a good Swedish crime mystery should be.Writer Henning Mankell first published Faceless Killers in 1991 and an English edition, translated by Steven T Murray, was published in 1997 Besides being a good book, this is notable as Mankell s introduction of his famous detective Kurt Wallander.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 to [...]

    3. 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 On the heels of reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, I decided to branch out and try a couple Swedish crime authors Faceless Killers is the first such book to fall into my hands.Faceless Killers isn t a happy book, [...]

    4. 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 the ch [...]

    5. Sjajan vedski autor, najpre ga je objavljivala Narodna knjiga a sada arobna knjiga Da ne govorimo o Kenetu Brani koji je presonalizovao britansku verziju serijala o inspektoru Valanderu Za ljubitelje dobrih krimi a I da malo upoznate i vedsku

    6. 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 He has forgotten something, he knows that for sure when he wakes up 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 And this same suspense kept me utterly enthralled through [...]

    7. Ugh.Maybe this book is dreadfully translatedor maybe it s like Ikea furniture 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 Abba and less bad furniture and miserable books please.

    8. Faceless Killers marked the debut appearance of the dyspeptic Ystad detective, Kurt Wallander, and although the Swedish language version was written in 1991, the English translation did not follow until 1997 Given that my previous meeting with Wallander came in the form of the final novella of the series, I am struck by how much gloomy and self pitying the character seems to be in this first case, noticeably disposed to wallowing From his early days as a new recruit in Malm through to twenty ye [...]

    9. One of those books that I thought I would not like but ended up really liking I am not really a big fan of mystery whodunnit books but this one really hooked me from start to finish The plot is not really focused on who the killer is but on the main protagonist and his life aging, just divorced, daughter s not communicating to him, father s getting senile, getting fat, postponing his diet, drinking and driving and all of the other matters that make him human and vulnerable Of course, you d like [...]

    10. This is the first entry in Henning Mankell s series featuring Swedish detective Kurt Wallander When we first meet him, Wallander has a boatload of personal problems he is recently divorced he s estranged from his daughter he s drinking too much he has a lousy diet, and his father is showing signs of senility.Against the backdrop of this troubled personal life, Wallandar is assigned to lead the investigation of the savage murder or an elderly farm couple There is no apparent motive and there are [...]

    11. Although familiar with Swedish detective Kurt Wallender from the popular BBC series, this is the first of Henning Mankell s books that I have read And what an excellent read it was Mankell writes in a very spare, no frills way to tell a story that is clear and absorbing Wallender is a man whose life is in a mess his wife has left him, his daughter is estranged, his father is becoming senile and Wallender himself is lonely, drinking to much and eating badly However he is always focused on the job [...]

    12. it was 15 pages before the end before anyone in the police department thought to follow the most obvious trail i mean i m not even trying to solve the case, i m just lying in bed sick, idly flipping 250 pages, but i m ahead of these people pretty sad in the meantime there s no suspense, the characters are dull, and the scenes are boring and poorly written nice title, though, i suppose can t imagine reading of these

    13. To grow old is to live in fear The dread of something menacing that you felt when you were a child returns when you get old The first episode of a sitcom is usually a bit clunky The joke to exposition ratio is low, and you ve got all these new people to meet While Henning Mankell s Kurt Wallander series is by no stretch of the imagination a situational comedy, I tried to give its first volume the same benefit of the doubt.When our depressed, middle aged police detective protagonist, Kurt, mental [...]

    14. Do these get better I flew through this first in the Kurt Wallander series, but the writing was squarely in the spectrum of unremarkable to outright you ve got to be kidding me The police officers are barely differentiated Wallander himself is the only one with any character traits to speak of, and he comes across as kind of a schmuck , and the book cries out for description and emotion Not really psychological and only half heartedly political, this novel strikes me as gratuitous and forgettabl [...]

    15. I remember a discussion I had years ago with a friend of mine about Jonathon Demme s film version of The Silence of the Lambs We were both annoyed by the pacing of the film and joked that it was really the story of an FBI agent driving her car, with some dialogue thrown in to liven things up.I felt a bit that way reading Faceless Killers, the first Wallander book by Henning Mankell I don t know if it was only this first Wallander mystery it s the first I ve read too or if it is a common theme in [...]

    16. I ran across a reference to Mankell from someone on GR who said that crime writing afficionados really like him but then, when I read some of the other GR reviews, I nearly tossed this one in the bucket I m glad I didn t This is a first rate a REALLY first rate piece of genre writing.It s 4.5 stars maybe 4.75 and that because I m getting conservative in my old age but its 4.5 from the five side, not from the 4 sideWallander is a tough, realistic, angst ridden policeman living and working in sma [...]

    17. Book ReviewFaceless Killers, a 1991 novel and the first in the Kurt Wallander series, delves right into Mankell s favorite pet peeve the changing political and social landscape of Sweden and in particular the influx of immigration and asylum seekers allowed into Sweden seemingly without barriers.The plot arises like a Phoenix from this backdrop of which Mankell is a crucial source both personally and professionally as enlightening the world to such problems It is no mistake that it is a Somali t [...]

    18. An avid fan of police procedural books and television shows, it was not shocking that I fell in love with BBC s Wallander series, starring Kenneth Branagh Like the Inspector Lynley series, the hauntingly peaceful country settings play as key a role as do the main characters In a lonely Swedish farming community, an elderly couple are bludgeoned to death in their home early one January morning Wallander, acting as temporary head of the department while his superior is on vacation, is thoroughly u [...]

    19. FACELESS KILLERS Swedish Police Procedural G Henning Mankell 1st in seriesVintage Crime Black Lizard English Translation, 2003 Trade PaperbackPolice Inspector Kurt Wallander is called to the scene of a particularly violent attack of an elderly couple on a small farm The husband is dead but the wife, found with a noose around her neck, utters the work foreign before dying Wallander becomes obsessed with solving the case before feelings against Sweden s immigrants becomes violent Although the tran [...]

    20. Um excelente policial que divide o foco entre a cl ssica investiga o de homic dios e a constru o de personagens, em particular o protagonista Kurt Wallander Gostei bastante do ritmo da narrativa por me parecer bastante realista, intercalando momentos de avan o r pido, centrados na investiga o, com outros mais pausados, quando a investiga o emperra ou a narrativa se centra sobre a pessoa do protagonista Tamb m gostei do personagem Wallander, absolutamente humano e trivial no que toca s suas for a [...]

    21. Mankell, Henning FACELESS KILLERS 1991 An old farm couple living on the outskirts of Ystad are discovered in their house by their neighbors The old man is dead savagely beaten to death His wife, also beaten, and with a noose around her neck, is close to death When Kurt Wallander and his crew arrive they are appalled at the violence and bloodshed The woman is rushed to the hospital, but cannot be safed Just before she dies, she whispers the word foreigner over and over Since Sweden is in the mids [...]

    22. My initial reaction to this book Faceless Killers was Poor Kurt Wallander Our introduction to the character of Inspector Wallander by Henning Mankell, was certainly unusual As the hero of many detective novels after this story, he cuts a sorry figure and yet, a realistic one At the beginning of the novel, we quickly discover that Wallander s marriage has finished, his daughter doesn t want to have much to do with him and his father doesn t appear to like him much either However, despite so many [...]

    23. the only thing I was afraid of was getting old and turning around and seeing that I had botched my life But I m happy with the life that has been This past summer I ve read three books of Mankell this being the latest I ve read and then this theguardian books 2015Sad let s preserve the memory of the master of the Scandinavian noir.Wallander lives on.

    24. This is my first Mankell I thoroughly enjoyed the tension and the investigation details and frustration The unfamiliar to me setting and political environment added to the interest.Then I think it drifted away at the end The resolution did not rise to the level of what came before However, it was certainly good enough to add the next Wallander adventure to my list.

    25. Really enjoyed this book.Wallender is a really great character.He is a flawed character,makes lots of mistakes.He sticks at things though and finally gets there.Really interesting to read as well as the crime storyyou get involved in Wallenders personal life and hecomes across as a normal human being who just happensto be a detective.Very good and will read the rest of the series.

    26. I enjoyed this, if enjoy is the right word to describe the first outing for the middle aged, depressed Swedish detective Wallander It was comparatively slow paced, and had buckets full of the Weltschmerz that perhaps marks Scandinavian noir as a thing I m not sure, I haven t read enough of the genre to say with any certainty, but the idealistic turned cynical cop was handled very well and you can see that there s plenty of inherent conflict baked in to the characters to make this an interesting [...]

    27. 2014 re read It was good re visiting these people again Will have to watch the BBC SERIES again when I m off, maybe marathon it.Tried to read slowly to savor it but got caught up in the story again and charged through so to speak If your a fan of fast paced crime novels, this may not be for you There s periods in the narrative where not much happens and its just Kurt reflecting on his personal life and him his colleagues going over clues This is a methodical sort of novel, takes its time letting [...]

    28. I found I really had to be in the right mood to appreciate this book It s as much a character study of Inspector Wallander as it is a story about two mysteries The mood is a bit depressing The pace is pretty slow, but picks up in the last third of the book Wallander is realistically portrayed, as he sometimes makes mistakes and he solves crimes by alot of methodical hard work and a bit of luck A good book, but not for someone looking for a thriller.

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