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For all mnakell this novel does include it is a little lacking in pace and the actual investigation seems more like a vehicle for Mankell to make wider statements on society through the character of Kurt Wallander.

Faceless Killers

Set partly in South Africa, the book was published in several different countries simultaneously and, says Mankell, “blew out the gates”. Mungo Park and the African explorers were a “revelation”; the logs that floated down the river behind the Mankell house, he told himself, mankeol crocodiles in the Congo.

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. A well that reveals nothing of its contents. Viewers had no problem with an anglicized version of Mankell’s work, an English speaking cast set down in a genuine Swedish countryside. We explore the setting for the novels: The solution often at odds with the chronology of a clock.

Kurt’s personal life is a shambles. Like the Inspector Lynley series, the hauntingly peaceful country settings play as key a role as do the main characters. Learn More About Faceless Killers print. The failure of the authorities to find Palme’s killer has created a “dangerous scepticism” about the Swedish justice system and state institutions in general, says Mankell.

Very good and will read the rest of the series. He is a flawed character,makes lots of mistakes. Mankell says he would not care to be Wallander’s friend. We expect the perpetrators to make big mistakes, the crime scene investigators to find some smoking DNA, the Detectives to put all the pieces together as if by magic.


Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell – Reading Guide – : Books

On the basis of this first case, Wallander would have even needed to lighten up for me to stay with him! It is about the life of Kurt Wallander and everything else, including the mystery, is just a part of his life. For Gee, Mankell’s great strength as a mystery writer is the emphasis he places on procedure and deduction, rather than action. A wave of anti-immigrant violence and hysteria is on the verge of being unleashed.

Mozambique, he adds, was partly an escape from domestic ties. This is the first in the Kurt Wallander series. His philanthropy was typical of Stockholm’s moderately progressive bourgeoisie, and not surprisingly his son’s books are filled with musical references. We soon discover that a gruesome murder has taken place in a farm, with only a neighbouring farmhouse, outside the sleepy faaceless of Lunnarp.

This is my first Mankell. 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.

Faceless Killers marked the debut appearance of the dyspeptic Ystad detective, Kurt Wallander, and although the Swedish language version was written inthe English translation did not follow until View all 9 comments.

Mas como nunca viajo com pelo menos mais dois livros kkillers reserva, nessa mesma noite comecei a ler este, que tinha comprado num saldo espetacular na The book depository. 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 Mankell’s work, but the writing is obsessed with time. His writing is all that matters to benning. The end to both mysteries in the book was well done, both solved by chance, Kurt’s instincts even though I wanted to shake him for climbing up that scaffolding at one point He has been stopped by his colleagues for drink-driving, and his grown-up daughter Linda has attempted suicide.


For all his distractions throughout the case, Wallander is a tenacious detective and a policeman to the very core. Now seen as a seminal series and something of a prototype for the genre it is easy mankekl be critical in hindsight but in comparison to some of the more recent novels of the genre, I did feel this novel lacked a little subtlety.

Mankell has kept a farm there since the mankelk 80s and likes the blustery, treeless landscape. I could never write a crime story just for the sake of it, because I always want to talk about certain things in society. When an elderly couple are brutally assualted and murdered in their rural home in an apparently motiveless crime, the initial clues make some henninv think that someone in the flood of immigrants seeking asylum following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe is responsible.

Not pretentious at all. Neo-fascist attacks on immigrants had increased during his two years in Mozambique. His instincts tell him that he should not get involved with her and yet Faceless Killers – July 12 80 Aug 28, It was about Swedish colonial interests in 19th-century South America and not very good, faxeless says, though it was well-received. Fear will be on the rise.

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An old farmer and his wife brutally tortured and left for dead on a freezing Mankwll night in the depths of the country. View all 3 comments. As she draws her final breath she repeats the word “foreign” on several occasions and opens a can of worms that threaten peace and stability across Sweden.

It is this word that is to be the clue in the who, what, when, where, why equation. Hanson, Martinson, Bjork, the newly arrived prosecutor Annete Brolin, Ebba the administrative assistant, an ailing colleague, Rydberg. She admires facdless edgy, convincing police work and social concerns.