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Midwinter Blood: A Thriller (The Malin Fors Thrillers) Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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Midwinter Blood is a part crime/part police procedural in the style of what has been labeled 'Scandinavian Crime', not only for the author's origin and the setting but also distinguished by the cold weather, gruesome murder and reserved literary tone(think Stieg Larsson, Camilla Läckberg, Jo Nesbø). It begins in the depths of winter in a small Swedish town where an obese man is found hanging from a tree in the middle of a paddock, badly beaten, cut and half frozen. Inspector Malin Fors and her colleagues of the Violent Crime Squad at Linköping Police Department are tasked with discovering the man's identity, and the identity of the killer. The crime scene suggests that the man could have been a sacrifice in the reenactment of an ancient Viking rite but as the victim's life is unraveled the detectives discover a shocking family secret.
"An investigation consists of a mass of voices, the sort you can hear, and the sort you can't."
It may be that the translation is partly at fault but it was the abrupt shifting between voices, sometimes within a paragraph, that I found the most distracting. The author uses multiple viewpoints to narrate Midwinter Blood, the dead victim speaks of observing the police clustering at his swinging feet, a third person narrative provides glimpses into the lives of Malin's colleagues but it is primarily Malin's first person voice that tells the story.Read more ›
Malin Fors is a 33 year old police detective who, from her previous relationship with fireman Janne, has a 13 year old daughter Tove. Linköping in central Sweden is the setting for the novel during one of the coldest ever winters. Having been to Linköping several times and loved it, this book really brought back some memories of times spent there. Swedish Elite League ice hockey is played at the Cloetta Center as mentioned in the book and I found the fact that ice hockey player Martin, son of Malin's colleague Zeke, would indeed be playing for the local team at the Cloetta Center. Other descriptions of the town seem extremely accurate too.
Mons Kallentoft has a different style of writing. It does take some time getting used to it, but I must admit I liked it. I also loved learning more about the fantastic characters that Kallentoft has created in this first in the series. The plot does move slowly along but only as there are heaps more details about the characters and their thoughts, particularly Malin.
I've already bought the next in the series and started already. Looking forward to the next in the series too.
This is one character that I would love to see adapted for TV. If the Wallander books can be done, then so can Fors.
Linkoping is a small town surrounded by forests and plains and this February is one of the coldest in memory, cars have difficulty starting and people bundled in layers of clothing to stay warm.
The victim, Bengt Andersson was a man who was ignored by most people and teased by others due to his weight and shyness. He lived in an area Malin describes that includes "...scared kids, teased kids, never go to school kids. Alcoholic's kids."
Begnt's father was cruel and ended up in jail leaving his mother to care for the family by taking on sewing. When his father's jail term ended, he seemed to resent Bengt and was abusive to him and to Bength's mother.
The police procedural follows the search for a possible motive and identification of the killer. One thought was that it might be a ritual killing in Midwinter Blood, in a manner that was used to sacrifice to the gods.
The sadness for the victim's life leaps from the pages. Unloved, with a cruel father and in and out of mental institutions and killed for a reason that the police have difficulty in understanding but Malin is determined to find out.
This psychological thriller will have the reader glued to the pages. Malin Fors is an interesting character who actually gets along well with her teenage daughter. She tends to work too many hours but her reason is to catch the criminals and protect society.
The writing is smooth, poetic at times as we hear various thoughts of characters, this gives the reader a deeper understanding of the characters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My first experience reading this author was as a GoodReads winner of the third of his five books in the Malin Fors series. That was way back in 2013! Read morePublished 1 month ago by reteach
Another good Swedish author. It's a different style than Americans are used to in our crime novels, but easily adjusted to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nora M
Very well written, good plotting, characters. This is my first read of this author; good descriptions of scene, brooding, feeling of violence simmering waiting to pounce creates... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Do not like the switching persona in this novel. The principal Malin keeps moving from the present situation to past memories. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C Clifford Roe
Love this author. Going to read all his books. Have the whole season's series already.Published 12 months ago by Corrine Gilman
Get ready to be on the edge of your seat. Malin Fors is a sympathetic character - she has human flaws that are explored as she works her way through a taut thriller. Read it!Published 12 months ago by Margo McGrath
And reading the rest of the books in order, delighted to find a new Scandinavian authorPublished 13 months ago by Ann in Rochester
3 1/2 stars -- There's much to like about "Midwinter Blood," but there are serious problems too. But let me start by advising you to read it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stanley Crowe
Great addition to police mystery genre with enough twists to keep your interest and a fascinating detective with very human foibles.Published 19 months ago by Bonnie Gallucci