Before The Frost
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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
After eight books in the Kurt Wallander police mystery series, this renowned Swedish crime writer is developing a new character, Kurt’s daughter Linda. This seems to be the change-over title with a part for them both, although it turns out to be very much Linda’s book. The appeal of the masters of this particular genre is their feeling for place, Rebus with Edinburgh, Morse with Oxford, and Sweden is very much a player in this grizzly tale.
Comparison: Ian Rankin, Colin Dexter, Reginald Hill.
Similar this month: Stephen Booth, Sue Grafton.
Before The Frost by Henning Mankell
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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ReviewsWith this book his fans are in for a double treat as Mankell gives us two Wallanders for the price of one... Crime fiction doesn't get any better than this Mail on Sunday Probably Britain's favourite European mystery writer... Mankell's subtle use of his characters keeps you reading Daily Mail This novel will not disappoint Kurt's followers. He remains integral, and his guilt-shot relationship to his daughter is beautifully done Independent The Nordic King of European thriller writers -- Louise France Observer
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Publication date7th April 2005
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