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Faceless Killers (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1991; vuoden 2003 painos)

– tekijä: Mankell Henning

Sarjat: Kurt Wallander (1)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioMaininnat
4,7911921,722 (3.58)413
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.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:emarqking
Teoksen nimi:Faceless Killers
Kirjailijat:Mankell Henning
Info:Vintage (2003), Edition: 11th, Paperback
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):
Avainsanoja:Fiction, thriller, Sweden

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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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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 190) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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 |
After enjoying the books of Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo & Asa Larsson it seemed only right that I give Henning Mankell's Wallander series a go. I decided to do the sensible thing and start with the first book in series even though a prequel has since been published. I definitely needed some light reading after The Shock Doctrine and I felt ready for some fiction again. I was a little skeptical however, the reviews for this book are all over the place which made we wonder how good it would be.

The main character Kurt Wallander is in a bit of a rut with his life. His wife has left him, his daughter doesn't seem to what to know him. His father is old and cantankerous and Wallander has let himself go while feeling sorry for himself. He also has that common theme with fictional policemen, he drinks far too much. One thing that stood out instantly is that I saw quite a few similarities between him and Nesbo's Harry Hole. They even share a like of music albeit classical instead of rock in this case.

Wallander is a likeable character but still retains a hard edge which makes some of his decision making questionable. The supporting characters are a varied bunch but none of them really come to life with the exception of Rydberg. He is someone who's opinion means a lot to Wallander and is his sounding board when things are on his mind.

One of the subjects that was dealt with that I really liked was Wallander's feeling that he is of an older generation and that crime had become far more violent in recent times. This is played out very well and he is stuck in a limbo between his father's generation and that of his daughter. Another topic that is handled superbly is that of immigration. Some books have the main character as some super righteous uber liberal being. Wallander still harbours doubts about the way immgration is being dealt with while treating everyone equally. This is an important distinction that many authors miss in my opinion and something that is even more important given the age of Wallander. Most people of his generation would be worried about what immigration means for his country whilst not being racist.

There are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep this interesting and I flew though the book in no time at all. The translation was a bit sloppy and I found some words that had been mis-spelt which was pretty annoying. I really enjoyed the books though and I look forward to reading some more of Kurt Wallander's adventures. ( )
  Brian. | Jun 20, 2021 |
  elinevandm | Mar 2, 2021 |
"Justice doesn't only mean that people who commit crime are punished. It also means that we can never give up seeking the truth."

'Faceless Killers' is the first in the Kurt Wallander series of books. Wallander's life is a mess: his wife has left him, his daughter refuses to speak to him and even his own father barely tolerates him. Wallander eats badly, buries himself in work and drinks his nights away in loneliness.

Early one freezing January morning a farmer discovers that his neighbours Johannes and Maria Lövgren have been brutally attacked. Johannes Lövgren is dead, and Maria is barely alive. Ystad Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team are called to investigate.

Initially there seems no reason why the Lövgrens have been so brutally attacked, they didn't appear wealthy and nothing valuable seems to have been taken. When Maria Lövgren dies, uttering the word "foreign" with her dying breath, Wallander and his team are left with an additional problem. There are several migrant camps in the vicinity and anti-immigration sentiment in the local populace is already running high, so when word leaks out that the Lövgrens may have been killed by foreigners, emotions can only escalate. So when a Somali immigrant is shot Wallander find himself with another murder on his hands and a race against time to prevent others.

As the police look more deeply into the Lövgren case they find that there was more to Johannes Lövgren than it appeared and there are facts about him that even his wife didn't know. Whilst the murder of the refugee has political ramifications of its own. Meanwhile Wallander is having problems of his own.

Police procedure, as the members of the team collect evidence, conduct interviews and follow leads, is central to this novel and gets a realistic impression of how very long it can take to solve a case. There are long hours; the public, press and superiors to satisfy, dogged footwork to be done but there is also a real sense of camaraderie. All of the cops work long hours but still take time to look out for each other.

Kurt Wallander himself is an interesting character. He has had some hard blows in his life but is reflective rather than bitter and doesn't waste his time complaining about it. He’s a very human character who makes mistakes during investigation but through sheer tenacity and devotion to duty still manages to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Given that this was first published some thirty years ago it still feels fresh and relevant. Despite the fact that it takes a while to solve the actual crime the action still flows at a reasonable pace and doesn't get too bogged at any point. But that's not to say that I didn't have a few minor gripes. Wallander is too often conveniently in the right spot at the right time and gets too personally involved in chasing up leads than I believe an officer of his rank should be, whilst his relationship with the prosecutor seems a little strange. This isn't a genre that I would normally reach for but overall I found 'Faceless Killers' a realistic crime novel with an interesting protagonist and I will certainly look out for others in the series. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Feb 14, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 190) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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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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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