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Faceless Killers First edition Swedish. In Africa, Mankell is passionately committed to the fight against Aids and devotes much of his spare time to his “memory books” project, which aims to raise awareness of the catastrophe. In addition, he’s constantly worried about the new wave of crime and violence he’s noticed rising in Sweden.

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We are introduced to his fellow detectives: Interestingly Wallander does concede that the fragmentation of his family is something he could have halted, growing apart from his wife and losing connection with his daughter at fifteen when the marriage was floundering. Have these fears been validated by the events of the decade since the book was mankekl published?

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 schmuckand the book cries out faceelss description and emotion. I love the Vintage imprint. He sticks at things though and finally gets there.


Faceless Killers

Not really psychological and only half-heartedly political, this novel strikes me as gratuitous and forget Do these get better? For many in Britain, the Wallander thrillers appear distinctly Scandinavian in their Strindbergian gloom and bleakness.

When we first meet him, Wallander has a boatload of personal problems: Many reviews mention gloomy, depressing atmosphere, which I might stand, but if there’s faceless overdescribed violence I’d better stay away. Wallender struggles to get a grip on this terrible crime and the clues are teased out one by one over a period of months with still no breakthrough.

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What Mankell achieves with his use of time, whether he meant to or not, is an expression of what I imagine is the reality of police work: In what ways is Faceless Killers surprising? However, it was certainly good enough to add the next Wallander adventure to my list. Confronted by a case he cannot solve, Wallander is plunged into an existential crisis: Much of Faceless Killers is concerned with the controversies surrounding refugees, asylum-seekers, and open borders in Sweden.

There is no apparent motive and there are virtually no clues, save for the last dying word of the murdered woman, which is “Foreign. Wallander is brilliantly flawed, prone to rushing in and making hasty decisions and seeing things through telling slightly more rose-tinted spectacles vista vis his distant wife. T welve years ago, when Henning Mankell published the first of his Inspector Wallander novels, he could not have imagined how successful they would be.

Aug 27, gwayle rated it it was ok.


A double murder and an ensuing manhunt which soon triggers another murder Mar 04, TL rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In a world where Bergman moves in a universe where characters are dark, violent, extreme and aggressive – take note that the ultimate root of this bloody death and ennui lies in the Norse and Icelandic Viking sagas of Scandinavian history – that dark, somber view ascribed to both Mankell and Bergman’s work was often a topic of intense jovial interest between these two artists.

One day an orderly hurried upstairs to ask little Henning if he could borrow his toy cars. You are here Home.

Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander, #1) by Henning Mankell

A year ffaceless his birth, however, the family broke up. After his spell at sea, he settled in Paris in Kurt’s personal life is a shambles. His writing is all that matters to him. The Nordic weather, cold to the bones, drives its populace indoors for much of the year where cuddling up to read the latest in crime fiction is a national pastime.

Over the 15 years since he first visited Africa, Mankell had had several affairs in Sweden. I enjoyed reading it, and I’m certainly willing to give the series another try, but I may need a jolt of someone like Lucas Davenport to cheer me up a bit first.