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Before the Frost by Henning Mankell

Before the Frost (2002)

by Henning Mankell

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Series: Linda Wallander (1), Kurt Wallander (9)

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Disappointing: you have to admire Mankell for having the courage to take on a plot about religious fanaticism that brings in references to both Jim Jones and 9/11, but ultimately he doesn't seem to get very much out of it. His villain comes over as over-done and improbable rather than dangerously mesmeric, and there is too much imbalance between the seriousness of the conspiracy and the trivial father-daughter-rivalry plot in the foreground. In the TV version of this story, both aspects were toned down quite a bit, and the balance felt much better.
It's also all too easy to become irritated by crime stories that rely on police officers constantly going into dangerous places on their own and without telling their colleagues where they are. Contrary to what Mankell seems to think, it doesn't really help if you tell the reader that they know they shouldn't do this sort of thing... ( )
  thorold | Jan 18, 2016 |
This was a dark, moody book. As were the Wallander shows on PBS, but it grabbed me and I spent a rainy day reading to the end. ( )
  EllenH | Oct 23, 2015 |
The addition of Linda Wallander made a nice change of pace and I really liked that she was her own unique character, not just a female verision of Kurt. Hope to see more of her and her police career.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
Our detective hero's daughter joins the police force. Fun watching the relationship develop and her role works well. The plot violates many rules: religious fanatics for one. ( )
  pnorman4345 | Mar 28, 2014 |
Other reviewers have covered many of my perceptions about this book. It is my least favourite of all his books and only finished it because I generally like Henning Mankell's work. The religous people gone mad has been over worked by too many authors. The character of Linda Wallender is a bit thin plus the idea that she would be stationed to work in the police station where her father works is highly unlikely. The next hurdle is that she becomes involved in an investigation before she officially starts work as a police officer is just too much to accept. ( )
  rsummer | Nov 10, 2013 |
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En 1978, en la localidad de Jonestown (Guyana), murieron todos los seguidores de una secta, liderada por un hombre llamado Jim Jones, en lo que parecía un suicidio colectivo; la noticia dio la vuelta al mundo en las primeras planas de todos los periódicos. En el año 2001, cuando ese terrible suceso ya ha caído en el olvido, Linda, la hija de Kurt Wallander, regresa a Ystad para, en unos días, iniciar su trabajo en la policía. Al tiempo que empiezan las desavenencias con su padre, Linda se integra en la vida cotidiana de Ystad y reanuda sus viejas amistades con dos jóvenes, Anna y Zebran. De pronto, Anna desaparece misteriosamente. Poco después, en los bosques de los alrededores de Ystad, Linda, junto a su padre, hace un descubrimiento aterrador: una cabeza de mujer, degollada, y dos manos unidas, seccionadas; del resto del cuerpo no hay el menor rastro. Y Anna sigue sin aparecer. Es el comienzo de un nuevo y trepidante caso al que se enfrentarán juntos Kurt Wallander y su hija Linda, quien, en el curso de la investigación, conocerá al agente Stefan Lindman (el protagonista de El retorno del profesor de baile), que le causará muy buena impresión.
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In woodland outside Ystad, the police make a horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in an attitude of prayer. A Bible lies at the victim's side, the pages marked with scribbled corrections. A string of macabre incidents, including attacks on domestic animals, have been taking place, and Inspector Wallander fears that these disturbances could be the prelude to attacks on humans on an even more alarming scale. Linda Wallander, in preparation to join the police force, arrives at Ystad. Exhibiting some of the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper - she becomes entangled in a case involving a group of religious extremists who are bent on punishing the world's sinners. Following on from the enormous success of the Kurt Wallander mysteries, Henning Mankell has begun an outstanding new chapter in crime writing.

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Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Sk?ane 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 that 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.… (more)

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