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- Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (1 Nov. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786173106
- ISBN-13: 978-0786173105
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.4 x 19.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,523,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander Mysteries (Audio)) Audio CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio
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A new world had emerged, and he hadn't even noticed it. As a policeman, he still lived in another, older world. How was he going to learn to live with the new? . . We live as if we were in mourning for a lost paradise, he thought...
It could be said that as a policeman, Kurt Wallander, Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell's award winning creation, isn't much cop. He eschews the meticulous and the scientific in favour of his hunches, which all too often lead up blind alleys. He drinks too much, then drives. He doesn't get enough sleep. And to cap it all, his wife has left him and his daughter doesn't speak to him.
Faceless Killers is the first of the acclaimed Wallander novels. Set in January 1990, in a frozen landscape and against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Europe, this is a bleak novel that deals with the thorny issues of immigration and racial hatred. Wallander investigates a brutal double murder at a remote farmhouse in which the only possible clues are the whispered words of a dying woman and a freshly fed horse. When this limited evidence and its implications leak to the press it stirs right wing activists into action.
At times Wallander seems too much like the traditional hard-drinking, hard-living, hard-boiled detective of old, but he is more than that. He is a truth seeker, trying to make sense of his rapidly changing world, his method happens to be detective work, and it is this search that lies at the philosophical heart of the novel.--Iain Robinson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An exquisite novel of mesmerizing depth and suspense. Los Angeles Times
An especially satisfying crime novel, like those of such past masters as Georges Simenon, Nicholas Freeling, and Sweden's own Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. The Wall Street Journal
Intelligent, moving and topical, this is a thriller of the very best kind. The Times (London)
A well-crafted police procedural, the story moves along at a brisk pace and comes to an exciting climax. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
From the Trade Paperback edition."
"An exquisite novel of mesmerizing depth and suspense." --Los Angeles Times
"An especially satisfying crime novel, like those of such past masters as Georges Simenon, Nicholas Freeling, and Sweden's own Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo." --The Wall Street Journal
"Intelligent, moving and topical, this is a thriller of the very best kind." --The Times (London)
"A well-crafted police procedural, the story moves along at a brisk pace and comes to an exciting climax." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
From the Trade Paperback edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Wallander as a character is a brilliant creation. In many ways he is the stereo-typical overweight, divorced police inspector. However, he is much more complex than that; you feel that his career has taken over his life yet he is still struggling to decide what life is all about and what he wants out of it. You get a real sense that he is not a detective that merely wants a result; he wants to try and understand why these brutal crimes are committed.
I will definitely read the other books in the series, Mankell really draws you in but the book is so much more than a mere page-turner
The novel opens with the discovery of a horrific murder in the isolated farming community of Lunnarp. Called in by a terrified neighbour, Inspector Wallander arrives to find a mutilated and bloodied old man dead in his farmhouse bedroom. His wife is alive, but only barely, with a noose cruelly knotted around her neck. Armed with a host of confusing clues, uneasy hunches and the word 'foreign', repeated by the old woman on her deathbed, Wallander and his team must pull out all the stops to find the killers before the media storm around the case sparks a national wave of racial hate crime.
I found the whole novel absolutely fascinating, and it was a great brain work-out. I couldn't stop mulling over everything that had happened so far, and every time I put the book down I was itching to get back to it again! I think it helps that the reader is basically inside Kurt Wallander's mind from start to finish, even though it's written in the third person. He's a thoughtful, clever, kind and immensely human character, with a fierce sense of justice and a touch of quiet vulnerability - the kind of cop every reader will be rooting for! I also liked that this was very much a procedural novel, rather than a forensic gorefest, and the way the Swedish setting really came to life on the page. Mr Mankell - you have another new convert! Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 5 months ago by MRS V L HALL
I enjoyed the chill, barren setting of this first Wallander crime novel. Wallander himself fitting the landscape perfectly with his cold, isolated persona - one of those hard to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Woolco
Excellent charaterisation - I loved the sympathy and empathy Wallander displays throughout. Can't wait to read morePublished 7 months ago by Katie S
Not that I could find any of the Wallander novels anything but excellent. Impossible to put down, with well thought characters with incredibly human failures. Read morePublished 9 months ago by heavenhell
I came in looking for some gripping Scandi noir, but was disappointed by how tepid the story was and how dry and impersonal the writing style was. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sidmeister