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Before the Frost Paperback – February 14, 2006
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Lately though, Mankell is concentrating on more and more unlikely situations to, presumably, give the books a bigger impact. The trouble is, it has the opposite effect.
The last book, 'Firewall', had Ystad at the centre of a bunch of criminals infiltrating a computer network with the intention of world domination. It spoiled the book somewhat. In 'Before the Frost' it's a group of religious fundamentalists (how topical) with a 'grand plan'.
And I think Mankell's problem here is that even he doesn't really know what this grand plan is. So he has trouble describing it. The actions of the fundamentalists are a series of pseudo-symbolic acts, like burning animals, and putting women-who've-had-abortions to death. It's empty stuff, melodramatic, and dull. It doesn't move the plot along and feels like Mankell was struggling with his material.
The rest of the book deals with soon-to-be police officer, Linda Wallander, and her relationship with her father, our beloved Kurt. But even here, the writing is untypically stilted, and there are some downright unbelievable scenes. For instance, Linda has an argument with Kurt at the Police Station and throws a glass ashtray at him, making him bleed profusely. I didn't believe this scene at all. Much of the dialogue in the book, especially between Linda and her father, or Linda and her friends, is highly unrealistic and difficult to voice.
When Mankell gets back to the things he's good at, the novel is fine though.Read more ›
Linda Wallander is a chip off the old block. If Mankell is passing the torch down to Wallander's daughter and start a series there, he is on sure ground. She is every bit as fascinating a character as her father and since her father still features in the book, it works great.
What I especially love about this book is the way Mankell deals with their relationship. It shows Linda learning how to be a good cop, shows Wallander being his typical grumpy but brilliant self, and (as always) brings so damned much real humanity to the story that it's impossible not to feel you're participating.
Crime writers branching out with new characters is always iffy. Parker's Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone are good examples. But Mankell is giving real-time progress to his books by bringing Linda in.
It's absolutely fabulous and I can't wait to read more and more...
Mankell has a unique knack of dealing with criminals and subjects that would be too far-fetched in the hands of a lesser writer. In Before the Frost, he explores the subject of religious extremism and cults carried to criminal length. It is an interesting plot, and fits well with the general project that his books seem to have of exploring the changing state of Sweden.
Very highly recommended, either for established series readers or for people new to Kurt Wallander.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too many awkward events linked for no reason... Guysna, Cleveland, Sweden? Come on! Finished it because I can't let things unfinished...Published 5 hours ago by Jorge Lopez-Colome
As usual, love, love this author's books and am making my way through all of his books, now expanded to include his daughter, Linda. Keep them coming, Henning Mankell !!!! crjPublished 5 days ago by Charlotte R. Jones
I have read all the other Wallander books but couldn't even finish this one because it was so badly written. Read morePublished 23 days ago by S. Tobin
This story is about Kurt’s daughter, Linda, becoming a police recruit and getting involved w/ her first murder investigation. The book has little substance and little interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dolphin Totem
Most enjoyable read. Highly recommend to all who enjoy his work, you won't be disappointed. Keeps you entertained right to the end.Published 1 month ago
All Henning Mankell's books I have read are very interestingPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mr. Mankell has done a great job of including Kurt Wallander's daughter, Linda, into the mix of his Swedish noir detective series featuring Kurt Wallander. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ed Benjamin
Did not get this book as ordered. A different book was downloaded🙁Published 3 months ago by Anthony G.
This book almost felt like someone was imitating the writing style of the real author. There was a lot (too much) of repetition of Linda's thought processes and what I felt was too... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Batman'sMom