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Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
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Mar 14, 2009

it was amazing
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Mankell, Henning. FACELESS KILLERS. (1991). *****. An old farm couple living on the outskirts of Ystad are discovered in their house by their neighbors. The old man is dead – savagely beaten to death. His wife, also beaten, and with a noose around her neck, is close to death. When Kurt Wallander and his crew arrive they are appalled at the violence and bloodshed. The woman is rushed to the hospital, but cannot be safed. Just before she dies, she whispers the word “foreigner” over and over. Since Sweden is in the midst of a large influx of foreign nationals seeking asylum – and being mightily resented by native Swedes, Wallander knows that he has a big weight on his hands. Public opinion is aroused, and attacks take place on the various holding camps located around the country that temporarily house the aliens seeking permanent status in the country. At one camp, two of the foreigners’ huts go up in flames. Later, at the same camp, a Somali alien is executed by two unknown men – shot at almost point-blank range with a shotgun. Wallander’s force really has its hands full. On top of all this, Kurt’s wife has just left him, and his daughter and he have essentially lost touch. Kurt’s father is also turning senile, and wildly resists any of Kurt’s efforts to place him in protective care. On top of his loneliness, Kurt meets the new prosecuter assigned to his office, and becomes hopelessly attracted. There’s lots to chew on in this adventure, both in the chase for several murderers, and in watching Kurt’s personal issues unfold. This is another excellent book in the series from this terrific writer. Highly recommended.
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