Before the Frost

Before the Frost

Book - 2006/02/14
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Random House, Inc.
From the dean of Scandinavian noir, another riveting installment in the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series, the basis for the PBS series staring Kenneth Branagh.  Here he is joined on the force by his daughter Linda.

In this latest atmospheric thriller, Kurt Wallander and his daughter Linda join forces to search for a religious fanatic on a murder spree. Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skane to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father--the maverick approach, the flaring temper. Before she even starts work she becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared. As the case her father is working on dovetails with her own, something far more dangerous than either could have imagined begins to emerge. They soon find themselves forced to confront a group of extremists bent on punishing the world's sinners.

Baker & Taylor
Taking a position with the Ystad police force shortly after graduating, Linda Wallander, the daughter of veteran inspector Kurt Wallender, struggles with their contentious relationship before becoming embroiled in the case of a childhood friend, who has inexplicably disappeared. By the author of The Return of the Dancing Master. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006/02/14
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed
ISBN: 9781400095810
Branch Call Number: M MANKELL
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Segerberg, Ebba

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Aug 06, 2016

This was just an "OK" read.

Oct 01, 2015

It started real good but ended being long winded,

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

The latest in the atmospheric Swedish series featuring Kurt Wallender, a dogged and introspective detective inspector. Linda, his daughter, is searching for a missing childhood friend in the weeks before she is due to take up her position in the Ystad police force. The depiction of Wallender as a middle-aged, often infuriating father gives added poignancy to our appreciation of the troubled policeman we have seen in previous books in the series.

Jul 27, 2014

Swedish thriller about a religious cult and the detective and his daughter - who are the main protagonist of the story- who try to apprehend the perpetrators of the killing of women who have had abortions and the burning of churches. The story begins with the disappearance and the reappearance of one of the friends of the detectives daughter; she may be involved in all of this. Again Mr. Mankell has seem to infused societal ills for the reason for this insanity ; the degradation of society. the story holds your interest from the beginning but then you're telling yourself: "not another religious cult novel!". The story is also wrapped up to quickly at the end. Major disappointment.

Mar 28, 2014

The writing is good. The development is rather slow. This is not an American cop novel. It's not moving fast enough. Too many explanations where there should be few, and not enough development where it would be required. At some critical point we are not explained how some act was arrived at. We are just dealt the "fait accompli". So I think the action is a bit flawed. And the subject is overused. Why attact the church if the church is against abortion? Mystery. At the end one kills himself and the other disappear in the fog. Again, a bit unsatisfactory.
A very just "good" book. This is not "very good" and surely not " excellent". But still it's quite readable.

Feb 19, 2014

this is the correct outline of the novel before the frost..

Ystad police make an horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in a prayer. Other incidents have been taking place and Inspector Wallander fears that these might just be the prelude to further attacks on humans. Linda Wallander, arrives at the station and becomes involved in the case. In the process she shows the hallmarks of her father - the flaring temper, the maverick approach - when confronting a group of extremists bent on punishing the world's sinners. Some descriptions of violence. -


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