>Henning Mankell, Mordere uden ansigt (1992)

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Denne krimi er ikke Mankells debut, men den første i Kurt Wallander-serien.

Hesten, som ikke vrinsker om natten, vækker en gammel landmand i Skåne. Han står ud af sengen, og i vinterkulden bevæger han sig over til nabogården for at undersøge, hvad der er på færde. Naboen er allerede død, og konen sidder bundet til en stol på gulvet.

En nyskilt Kurt Wallander bliver vækket i Nystad og kaldt ud til gerningsstedet. Han og de andre betjente bliver mødt af et regulært blodbad, hvor der er anvendt langt mere vold end nødvendigt for at pacificere det ældre ægtepar, men kvinden er trods alt i live endnu.

Hurtigt opstår der rygter om, at mordet er begået af en flygtning fra den nærliggende lejr, så et gennemgående tema i bogen er det ulmende fremmedhad, der kendetegnede Skandinavien i 1990erne. Racisterne venter ikke på beviser men er mere end parate til at udøve selvtægt – for en sikkerheds skyld.

Wallander knokler nærmest nat og dag, samtidig med at han forsøger at komme talefod med sin kone, sin noget specielle far, og nittenårige Linda, som har et selvmordsforsøg bag sig og kun en skrøbelig forbindelse til sine forældre.

Mankell tegner personerne og miljøet med sikker hånd, og plottet skrider hurtigt fremad. En imponerende start på en forrygende krimiserie.

Jeg har selv købt bogen.

Henning Mankell, Faceless Killers (1991)

This crime novel is not Mankell´s debut, but the first in the Kurt Wallander series.

The horse which did not neigh during the night wakes up an old farmer outside Nystad. He gets out of his bed in the winter cold to check what is going on. His neighbour is already dead, and his unconscious wife is tied to a chair on the floor.

A newly divorced Kurt Wallander is woken by the phone and called to the scene of crime. He and the other policemen find a regular massacre where the criminals have used far more violence than necessary to pacify the elderly couple.

Soon rumours will have it that the murders may have been committed by refugees from the nearby camp, so a recurrent theme of the novel is the smouldering xenophopia that characterized Scandinavia of the 1990s. The racists do not wait for evidence but are more than ready to take the law in their own hands – just in case.

Wallander plods away day and night, while he tries to get on speaking terms with his wife, his somewhat eccentric father and nineteen-year-old Linda who has a suicide attempt behind her.
Mankell portrays the characters and the environment competently, and the plot moves moves ahead at a great pace. An impressive start of a tremendous police procedural series.

I bought this book myself.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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