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Faceless Killers por Henning Mankell
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Faceless Killers (original 1991; edição 2003)

por Henning Mankell (Autor), Steven T. Murray (Tradutor)

Séries: Kurt Wallander (1)

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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.… (mais)
Membro:proteaprince
Título:Faceless Killers
Autores:Henning Mankell (Autor)
Outros autores:Steven T. Murray (Tradutor)
Informação:Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (2003), Edition: Reprint, 279 pages
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  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 |
Just a pretty average murder mystery. Occasionally entertaining just for how many physical indignities Wallander suffers, I suppose. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Finally got around to reading Book No. 1 in the police inspector Kurt Wallander series (Sept. 2012). I have not moved on to Book 2, but hope to someday. Enjoyed this read as will you if you like shadowing a cop solving a crime.

An elderly farm couple is tortured and murdered with the woman's last word suggesting they look for a "foreigner." That's a nasty word as the story is set against a backdrop of growing hatred toward immigrants.

Of course Mr. Wallander has all kinds of personal baggage. One online reviewer put it this way: "Swedish detective Kurt Wallander has so many things going on that it would take a full hour with Dr. Phil to even make a dent."

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“Every time Wallander stepped into a strange apartment, he felt as though he were looking at the covers of a book he had just bought. The apartment, the furniture, the pictures on the walls, and the smells were the title. Now he had to start reading.”

“Justice doesn't only mean that the people who commit crime are punished. It also means that we can never give up seeking the truth.”

“The dread of something menacing that you felt when you were a child returns when you get old.”

“There’s no such thing as a murderer’s face,” he said. “You imagine something: a profile, a hairline, a set of the jaw. But it never matches up.” ( )
  LJCain | Jan 21, 2021 |
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  David.llib.cat | Jan 9, 2021 |
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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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Mankell, Henningautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Mannila, MarkkuTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Murray, Steven T.Tradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Polet, CoraTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Puleo, GiorgioTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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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