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Before the Frost (Kurt Wallander Series #9 & Linda Wallander Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    Complete Disappointment

    As an avid fan of Mankell's, I was really disappointed in the inconsistent and whiny character development of Linda. Looking at Wallander through her eyes was boring and made him seem bumbling, fat, and irritable. Linda's character has no depth, and she makes annoying statements and decisions. The introduction of Stefan was also undeveloped, as he just shows up and becomes Linda's love interest. Mankell is better than this. The voice of Linda is weak and annoying. I am hopeful that his next book allows Wallander to regain the storyline.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    excellent Wallender Swedish police procedural

    No one is more proud of Linda Wallender graduating from the Swedish Police Academy than her dad Chief Inspector Kurt Wallender. Linda looks forward to begin work at the Ystad Police Department and ultimately to find a flat of her own having lived with dear old dad until now.--- Dad is eager to mentor his daughter and she is eager to learn from him how to run an investigation though her patience runs thin when he becomes protectively fatherly. Still while Kurt struggles to stop a religious extremist seemingly setting up a mass murder, Linda investigates on her own. Dad frets over her safety because of the disappearance of her friend Anna Westin, who vanished shortly after her father reentered her life after he went away and did not returning for over two decades. As Wallander the younger seeks clues from a variety of sources including Anna¿s journal, another young woman named in the journal, vanishes. The case has the Wallenders arguing and putting up a FIREWALL between them as the teacher-pupil relationship falls into a more adversarial situation with each feeling ONE STEP BEHIND the other in pursuit of FACELESS KILLERS. They must cooperate if they are to uncover the dark goings on as their two cases have merged.--- The Kurt Wallender Swedish police procedurals has been some of the best the sub-genre has had to offer over the last few years to include novels translated like these or originally in English. The latest story BEFORE THE FROST takes an intriguing spin as Kurt shares top billing with a chip off the old block his own daughter Linda. The two subplots merge effortlessly so that the audience receives another winning cop tale from talented Henning Mankell.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Movie better than book

    I found this Wallender book so disappointing. Mankell would have done his readers justice by having Wallender's indulgent daughter as a victim. The Branaugh movie was much better leaving Linda Wallender with a very small role. The screenwriter realized Mankell missed the boat on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    I have found the Kurt Wallander Series one of the best I have ever read. I also like the trilogy by Stieg Larsson "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

    Jhave liked all of Henninh Mankell's books. I would recommend them to anyone who likes Mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Why is this ebook so expensive......

    Almost 17 dollars is a bit much. Would love to read it but my book budget can't handle it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    My favorite story

    Linda and Kurt Wallaner

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    New Direction

    This is Linda Wallander series #1. Although Linda has appeared in prior novels, here she is the protagonist. The story takes place as Linda is at home with Kurt Wallander and preparing to start work with the police department.

    If you like the Wallander series, you'll like this one. Linda is developing into as complex and interesting a character and her father. Despite the similarities between Linda and her father (or perhaps because of them), the interactions between the two is always interesting and edgy (to put it mildly).

    The plot is fairly complex and involves a group of religious fanatics operating in Sweden (but with its leader's roots tracing back to Jonestown).

    This book does not unfold at a breakneck pace; Wallander novels don't do that. There are few miraculous breakthroughs...just solid investigative work, the way you would imagine it happens in reality. The pace, however, picks up tremendously at the end.

    In conclusion, if you like the Wallander series, you'll like this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2005

    It seems he wasn't even trying

    All of Mankell's other novels are really excellent. This one is only pretty good. I think he new it was below par so he added a sappy ending to try and fix it up. A waste of good reading time.

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