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To Mankell’s faint embarrassment, Ystad now offers guided tours of Wallander country. What is unusual about its crimes and the manner in which they are solved? I don’t know killlers 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.

Iillers the 15 years since he first visited Africa, Mankell had had several affairs in Sweden. As a “humanitarian socialist”, he believes passionately in “solidarity” among people, and the Wallander books are an expression of that belief.

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These chart an African girl’s survival after a landmine blast, and to Mankell’s great pride are now on the Swedish school syllabus. There are two elements that intrigue him. Ivar’s father, also called Henningwas a composer, and Ivar founded a concert society in Sveg in his honour: This past summer I’ve read three books of Mankell; this being the latest I’ve read; and then this: It is largely quantified as police procedural work.

The New Press is a nonprofit public-interest book publisher. I just got tired of him. Hanson, Martinson, Bjork, the newly arrived prosecutor Annete Brolin, Ebba the administrative assistant, an ailing colleague, Rydberg. But Kurt Wallander is different. I’m not sure, I haven’t read enough of the genre to say with any certainty, but the idealistic-turned-cynical cop was handled very well and you can see that there’s plenty of inherent conflict baked in to the characters to make this an interest I enjoyed this, if “enjoy” is the right word to describe the first outing for the middle-aged, depressed Swedish detective Wallander.


Wallander is a tough, realistic, angst-ridden policeman I ran across a reference to Mankell from someone on GR who said that crime-writing afficionados really like him 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.

Rydberg has been examining the noose around Mrs Lovgren’s neck and “has never seen one like it before”. He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, but soon comes to realize that it will require all his reserves of energy and dedication to solve. Inspector Wallander’s debut, Faceless Killerswas written in response to the social chaos Mankell encountered on his return to Sweden in early But before you make the assumption that this is yet another addition to the somberness and darkness that characterizes Nordic writing Mankell often confounds this cliche with guarded optimism and passages crammed with humanity for Mankell, this is true both personally and professionally as a writer.

One theory and one suspect after another turn out to be dead ends, but Wallander is tenacious. 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 for description and emotion. The first, Tale on the Beach of Timeis an African drama about “man and the origins of man”; Mankell had worked on the play, off and on, for 25 years since he first arrived in Africa.

Oct 24, Peter Fogtdal rated it it was ok. Some books in English: The Glass Key award.

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He is married to Eva Bergman. All in all, a fantastic book and reading more about Henning Mankell, I see that he has had cancer since the beginning of this year and is currently having treatment. Wallender is a really great character. Mankell says he does not want his readers to feel he is “bored” with his creation, so he has decided to retire his detective.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A few millimetres were all that saved him from an untimely death. We kiolers 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. Mozambique, he adds, was partly an escape from domestic ties. Meanwhile Mankell had not forgotten his dream of Africa.

With a keen eye for the nitty-gritty of real police work, a sure sense of the psychological dimensions of his characters, and manklel clear grasp of the political and racial turmoil in contemporary Sweden, Henning Mankell delivers a tour de force in Faceless Killers.

Sweden’s vaunted open society appeared to have taken another fatal blow, but as Mankell told the Observer afterwards: Another wonderful visit, would definitely read again: And now I’m really hooked. Kurt Wallander remains one of the most impressive and credible creations of crime fiction today.

Neither wealthy or known to keep valuables, surely the brutality speaks of a act of revenge and hatred? The country, the weather are typically gloomy and cold for that country in the far northern hemisphere. Dark, brooding and earthy — like a good Swedish crime mystery should be. There are no clues we can follow, no hints, but there are no real red herrings either because, in the end, the murders and police work are not what the book is about.

What code is in the image? But when he finds an elderly couple brutally tortured, the husband dead and the wife barely killwrs to life, and no apparent motive for the murder, he knows he has the case of his life. Wallander is a lovable sleuth in his dour way, and his investigations have a mordant comedy of their own.