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“An arresting story by an arresting writer . . . [Mankell] understands and probes the underside of everyday living—in an elegant and artful way. . . . He is able to look loneliness square in the eye. The result is writing that walks a line between ephemeral and everlasting.” —The Washington Post
“Amazingly human characters . . . It’s a testament to Mankell’s skill with plot that the story gets more and more urgent as he transforms a series of small mysteries into a much larger thriller.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“I salivate with anticipation at the prospect of more from the pen of Mankell, for he is one of the finest of his genre—a Scandinavian Ian Rankin with a passion for exploring the dark side of human nature. . . . Mankell builds the tension with care and, as ever, his characters are cleverly rounded . . . A masterpiece of atmospheric creation.” —Glasgow Herald
“Few of this genre’s writers—few of any genre’s writers—have been able to balance the ordinary and the grotesque with such literary dash and page-turning brio. . . . Mankell’s atmospherics . . . give you metaphysical goose bumps.” —Boston Herald
“A master of atmosphere and suspense.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“For me, Henning Mankell is by far the best writer of police mysteries today. He is in the great tradition of those whose works transcend their chosen genre to become thrilling and moral literature.” —Michael Ondaatje
About the Author
- ASIN : B0044XUIF6
- Publisher : The New Press (February 8, 2005)
- Publication date : February 8, 2005
- Language : English
- File size : 2559 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 391 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #159,164 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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in Sweden. That means book 1 would be The Pyramid. This way dead people do not pop up randomly
alive every other book. In the correct order this would be , Wallander -10.
Very few books by Henning Mankell are NOT worth reading. This one has its merits and should be included in any reading of the series, even with the caveats mentioned above.
As the story opens, Kurt Wallander becomes aware of several incidents of vicious and seemingly pointless acts of animal cruelty in the Ystad area. The brutal murder of a woman in a wooded area triggers an investigation whose limited clues will challenge Wallander and the Ystad police force. Separately, Linda becomes concerned when an old friend goes missing without explanation, after claiming to have seen her long-missing father. Linda boldly pursues her own investigation, which repeatedly dovetails back into her father's case. The clues lead to a horrible conspiracy that may threaten both Wallanders.
"Before The Frost" features Mankell's usual mastery of the details of his plot, which links two different historical events in an usual way. He takes advantage of Linda's time in the spotlight to develop her relationship with her father and Kurt Wallander's backstory. Highly recommended to fans of the series.
While waiting to start active duty as a patrol car officer, Anne, a childhood friend of hers disappears. As the book unfolds, Linda exhibits many of the very same qualities that have made her father Kurt Wallender a successful detective. She heeds her instincts, keeps her mind active, puzzles over inconsistencies, and also disobeys standard policy and procedure at times, just as does her famous father.
Begrudgingly, Kurt finally includes her in the later stages of the investigation into a series of murders and fire bombings set into motion by a religious zealot/fanatic and his small group.
The friction and flare ups between Kurt and Linda ring true for this reader. The recurring themes of fatigue, very long hours, bursts of danger, wintry, grey and cold landscapes are also ever on display.
Top reviews from other countries
Overall I enjoyed the book as it carries on the great Mankell novels of superb plot, dialogue, suspense and bringing to life teh characters and surroundings of Ystadd in Sweden.
I found the start a litle slow as Mankell tries to bring you the background to Linda that the author never raised in his previous novels. It was also a little strange having crimes occur which Kurt investigated but within the first 100 pages of the novel are not the focus, as it is on his daughter whose friend has gone missing.
However the final half of the book is typical Mankell with all the threads coming together and the pace and page turnability increasing.
Linda Wallander does not have her fathers experience and many of his failings, but Mankell does bring his daughter very much to life as she begins her new role as police officer.
The most interesting side story of the book is Linda's relationship now back living with her father. As they start to work closely together she finds out more about him and why he did nt spend more time with the family when she was younger. Discovering her father through out this investigation is a pleasure and a pain for Linda. I look forward to many more episodes.
I am determined to finish the series but am disappointed that the later books seem to be loosing their edge.
Since writing this in late June 2013 I have finished the Troubled Man which is the last of the series as the review comments on the book say.
I feel I need to retract my comments on the "loosing his edge" at least for the last book. The Troubled Man is an excellent read and I really do reccommend reading the series in order to what is a distrurbing and really good climax to the DCI Kurt Wallander stories.
I found Before the Frost particularly interesting as it was mainly about his daughter, Linda, and the relationship between them
which was often difficult and bumpy, although at heart they are fond of each other. Their characters are too alike to make for
an easy father/daughter relationship. The plot is perhaps a little far-fetched but gripping enough as one reads it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found it hard to put down. A must for a Wallender fan!