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Before The Frost (Linda Wallander #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  6,273 ratings  ·  414 reviews
In this latest atmospheric thriller, Kurt Wallander and his daughter Linda join forces to search for a religious fanatic on a murder spree. Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skåne to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father--the maverick approach, the flaring temper. Before she even starts work she become ...more
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Ginny_1807
"Che noia, che barba, che barba, che noia!" (cit.)
Questo è il primo libro di Mankell che leggo e molto probabilmente non il più indicato per accostarsi ad uno scrittore che in genere riscuote recensioni tanto entusiastiche.
Ad eccezione di alcune (poche) scene inquietanti, come l'immagine iniziale dei cigni dati alle fiamme, ho trovato la trama poco originale e piuttosto prevedibile negli esiti; certi dettagli dell'indagine, poi, sono alquanto inverosimili.
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M.J. Fiori
I read this book after watching Kenneth Branagh play Swedish Detective Kurt Wallender in the BBC mini-series. Very moody, atmospheric; very muffled in tone, very Swedish. But the plots wear a bit thin. Not that one minds when one has Kenneth Branagh to contemplate. He is an eternally engaging actor. Anyway, Before the Frost is actually subtitled "A Linda Wallender Mystery," concerning principally his daughter, who is poised to join the Ystad police force herself.

The book was OK. I'm terrible at
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Alicia
I'm not quite ready to give up on the Swedish mysteries but this one has me close to it. What a horrid, spoiled, immature brat the main character, Linda Wallander is - very unlikable. I was wishing one of the bad guys would off her so the story would end. There were parts that I had to laugh at and had me wondering if perhaps the author is totally unaware of how a young woman should be. The plot held promise but that quickly died after the 2nd chapter as the main character had one tantrum after ...more
Robyn
Mankell's novels are not bad usually, but this one was completely off the mark simply because of the main character. Linda Wallander is just graduated from the police academy and waiting through the summer until she begins her posting as a new police officer, in the same precinct as her famous detective father, Kurt Wallander. At the end of the summer, Linda entangles herself in a friend's disappearance, which (surprise, surprise) ends up tied into a case her father is working on.

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Eric_W
I like Mankell, but this book seems to have fallen into the "Silence-of-the-Lambs-Syndrome" that seems to have become endemic. It's not enough to have someone get killed in the heat of passion or for greed. Now killers have to have killed hundreds, kill animals, butcher little children, bring about the end of the world, etc., etc. I hate to break it to these authors, but evil is much more prosaic and often very subtle. You don't have to create monsters to write intelligently. Adolf Eichmann was ...more
Maria João Fernandes
"As florestas de Ystad não escondem monstros. Muito menos trolls." Mas a verdade é que algo se esconde nos bosques que rodeiam Ystad e é da responsabilidade da dupla Wallander descobrir a verdade.

Um homem reaparece após 24 anos. No dia seguinte, uma mulher desaparece.

O prólogo de "Before The Frost" baseia-se em factos verídicos.Dia 18 de Novembro de 1978, Jim Jones,um fanático religioso que fundou uma cidade chamada Jonestown em Guiana, incentivou os seus seguidores ao suicídio colectivo. É nest
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Ken
This is my first novel by Henning Mankell, and it is the tenth in the Kurt Wallander Crime Series. This book introduces Kurt's daughter, Linda, who has recently finished police training, and is ready to begin her career in law enforcement. The prologue to BEFORE THE FROST is set on the Jonestown compound in Guyana in 1978 right after the massacre. A crazed and demented member of The People's Temple escapes the killings, and travels to the US, and on to Sweden to form his own murderous Christian ...more
Joyce Lagow
One of the latest entries in the Kurt Wallender series, Before the Frost features his 30 year old daughter Linda as the 3rd person narrator of the story.[return][return]The Prologue, however, takes place at the mass suicide/massacre of the followers of the Revered Jim Jones at Jamestown in 1976, and recounts the escape of the single survivor. [return][return]The first chapter of the book, which takes place in August, 2001, is a graphic account of the murder by burning of a flock of swans on the ...more
Stephen Hayes
Detective Kurt Wallander's daughter Linda is about to join him on the police force in the town of Ystad in southern Sweden, and while she is waiting to start work Linda re-establishes contact with a couple of old school friends, Anna and Zeba. Then Anna says she thiinks she has seen her father, who had been missing for many years, and shortly afterwards goes missing herself. Linda begins searching for Anna, and thinks her disappearance may be linked to a case her father is working on, of animals ...more
Shelli
I don't think I can correctly describe how I feel about this book. It was strange and just felt "off" in a number of places. Normally I really like Swedish crime novels and was really looking forward to the first by this author. I wish I hadn't started with this one, although, now they can probably only get better.
I think I could enjoy the character of Kurt Wallander in another setting where he is not overshadowed by the annoying character of his daughter Linda Wallander. She is 30 but comes acr
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Nancy Oakes
I'm a huge Henning Mankell fan, and I love Kurt Wallander. All through the series, his daughter Linda has always been there, but here she plays a major role. The book is touted as "a Kurt and Linda Wallander novel," and from that I gather that he's planning to write more with the father-daughter duo as a unit. After Wallander solo, it's going to be tough, because that particular series is so good that it's really difficult to top. And thus, we come to this particular novel, Before the Frost.

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Harley
Jun 27, 2010 Harley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of detective stories
Before the Frost is another great detective story by Henning Mankell, the Swedish novelist. Mankell charts a new course for the Wallander series because he tells the story through the eyes of Linda Wallander, the daughter of Kurt Wallander. Linda has graduated from the Police Academy and is waiting to begin her first job with Ystad police. She is living with her father until she can get her own apartment. They both have short tempers and get on each other's nerves.
Linda's friend is missing and L
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Judy Hall
Oct 03, 2008 Judy Hall rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Judy by: I got Firewall as a present for xmas and then started collecting
I really recommend reading the Wallender books in order -- and this is the last. It's actually mostly from Linda, Wallender's daughter's, viewpoint and is very telling about the great man. This is my favorite of the books for that reason. What is so wonderful about this series is that, although you get a well crafted mystery, you also get deep insight about the character of Wallender. Compared to the Sue Grafton alphabet series, this is head and shoulders above. Kinsey is a fairly static charact ...more
Reinhold
Perfekte Übergabe des Staffelholzes

Mankell präsentiert einen neuen Protagonisten. Linda Wallander, die Tochter des grantigen Kommissars, den doch so viele liebgewonnen haben. Und ganz ehrlich, diese Entscheidung war grandios. Wenn man sich von Anfang an darauf einlässt, dass Linda die neue Hauptfigur ist, dann wird man sie sehr schnell mindestens genauso gern mögen, wie ihren Vater.

Nach zwei schwächeren Werken kehrt Mankell wieder zu seiner Bestform zurück. Er findet seinen wunderbaren Erzählsti
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Jenn
I'm still not sure that Mankell has sold me on Linda Wallander following in her father's footsteps but, at least in this book, it's clear that he's allowing for that doubt -- not even Linda is sure she should be taking up Kurt's mantle. Yet in this book, there she goes, drawn up into the investigation of a brutal murder and the disappearance of a close friend only a few weeks before she's scheduled to take up her police uniform. What pans out is an interesting book -- not focused on the center o ...more
Veronica
I'll be honest: this is the book group book I got closest to not finishing – I put it aside altogether for about a week, and finally picked it up and plodded through the rest of it over the last few days, heaving a sigh of relief when I'd finished.

Admittedly, it's not my cup of tea – I don't read detective/police fiction at all, so I'm not qualified to say if it's a good example of the genre. Anyway, I am obviously out of step with the majority, since both Goodreads and Amazon have dozens of rav
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KarenC
Mankell is better than this one. Haven't read many of the Wallander books, but this didn't come across as one of the better ones. The female characters felt flat; even Linda was a disappointment. While she did pursue leads on her own because her friends were involved, she took foolish risks and demonstrated a certain amount of immaturity for a 30-year old.
The plot provided an opportunity for an interesting and involved case. But it became so bogged down in "my friend is missing" reminders that
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Shari
It was a nice surprise to realize that this story follows immediately on the last one of Mankell's that I read, which takes place much farther north in Sweden and in which Wallander does not figure, but a young policeman named Stefan Lindman does. In Before The Frost, Lindman has been transferred to Ystad, so the interconnection between Mankell's stories remains solid.

Beginning with the tragedy of the Jim Jones religious commune in Guyana, this mystery follows a new self-appointed and fanatic re
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Linda
Heretofore, Linda Wallander has been a secondary character in the detective series starring her father, Kurt. Now Kurt, a sort of Swedish Inspector Morse in terms of personality and philosophy, is considering retirement. At the same time, Linda, now about 30 years old, has graduated from the police academy and chafing at the bit to start her new job in her father's department. She's bored and frustrated with the wait, and her father, seeing that Linda will be an officer in a few weeks, fills her ...more
Ann
Well, I've finally come the end of the Kurt Wallendar books. How I wish that Henning Mankel has more of them waiting in his writing queue!

This one is the culmination of the ones that came before, because Wallendar's daughter, Linda, has joined him as a police officer. We've been hearing about Linda since novel #1.

I highly recommend this series to crime novel lovers. These books are not just "mysteries," they really do succeed in being novels, at least for me. Of course, some are better than oth
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Kathy
Before the Frost by Henning Mankell (Vintage Canada) is the first novel of Mankell’s Wallander series written from the perspective of the daughter, Linda and not Kurt. At first I didn’t like it, I wanted Kurt back, but soon I was growing found of Linda’s voice, her unique perspectives and her just-as-aggravating mood swings. With the other Mankell novels, I couldn’t put this down, but often did, frustrated with shocking turn-of-events, only to scoop the book back up before it had a chance to hit ...more
Michael Wing
Recommended this weekend by John Merrill, Hallowell bibliophile. Reminds me of Sig Larson. So far a fine mystery and series around one cop and his daughter who is becoming an officer. Finished this over the weekend and enjoyed. Will go to Merrill's for a few more Kurt Wallenders (the detective). The plot is broad with suspects and settings here and there but settling in Sweden and Norway. Not as raunchy as Larrson but as interesting and mysterious. Mankell takes you down dead ends and then remin ...more
Ruth
I had first seen Before the Frost on a Swedish DVD with English subtitles - and I loved it! So I ordered the Wallander series and read them in order. I think this is ninth or tenth in the book series, and first in the Swedish movies. (What I consider number nine is not a Wallander mystery but a Lindman mystery. Lindman also arrives on the scene in Before the Frost.)

Although there are very disturbing events in this novel (seemingly worse than the other stories, to me), I found the overall tone to
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Kat
Although the plot on this one was pretty far-fetched (a survivor of the Jim Jones, Guyana-tragedy returns to his native Sweden to rebuild a mission-driven, religious sect), the dynamic between Wallander and his daughter Linda makes this worth reading. As well, the police procedures are so realistic - fraught with blunders, arguments and day-to-day banter, that you can't help, but forge along despite the unrealistic premise of the story-line.

Perhaps not my favourite Wallender mystery, but it hasn
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Jenny
I'm a massive Henning Mankell fan and like many others have a Kurt Wallander-shaped hole in my life following the end of the series. Before the Frost follows Kurt's daughter Linda as she embarks on a career with the Ystad police. Although all the usual elements are there, the plot was trivial in places, the style seemed altogether too gothic, and Kurt was notable by his absence. Mankell dangles him just out of view for most of the novel and then has him as a superman figure saving the day at the ...more
Marsha
I love Kurt Wallander. I had thought that I'd read all the Wallander books, but here is one that includes his daughter, Linda, who is joining the police force in Malmo with her father. They haven't always gotten along, and this time they are chasing a religious maniac who is killing evil-doers and setting fire to churches.

Linda's good friend Anna is acting strangely and when she goes missing, Linda does a little detecting on her own - even though she isn't due to officially start working yet.

It
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Amanda
Okay, so my favorite genre has always been mysteries. I love Patricia Cornwall, but since being a mom I've been trying to steer away from her books - they are not always the most uplifting of books. I discovered Mankell last year and really enjoy this Swedish author. I've read a few of his Kurt Wallender mysteries, but this one featuring his daughter, Linda, is excellent. When I started the book, I thought the plot was a bit self-evident, but it had enough twists to keep me reading. In other wor ...more
Jonelle
If you like Kurt Wallender mysteries, then this one is for you. The lead character is Linda, his daughter. She has decided to follow in her father's footsteps and enter the police force. However, after she finishes her formal training, and before her post begins in Ystad, she becomes involved in events that may be related -- a missing friend and a grisly murder. This allows her to do some investigating on her own, and it allows her to observe and work with her father, Kurt. It's got a good myste ...more
Pablos
Podobno Henning Mankell zamierzał napisać więcej kryminałów, w których bohaterem jest Linda Wallander, córka słynnego Kurta. Ale zdarzyła się tragedia: aktorka grająca rolę Lindy w pierwszym sezonie serialu "Wallander", Johanna Sällström, popełniła samobójstwo. Autor zdruzgotany tym tragicznym wydarzeniem nie był w stanie powrócić do tej postaci; tym bardziej, że sam przecież wymyślił Lindę jako osobę, która miała za sobą samobójcze próby, ale wyszła z depresji zwycięsko, by spełniać się w życiu ...more
Deale Hutton
Before the Frost introduces Linda in her new position as a police officer. Needless to say, Wallander and Linda have a lot in common, including temperament and wandering off on their own. Lots of father daughter conflict and love between them. There is an additional character from another Mankell mystery, but I won't spoil it. This one was really scary to me; I was glued to it. One of Mankell's best, imo. I certainly hope he is writing more because one more and I am done with this series.
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Henning Mankell is an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He is best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell splits his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He is married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.
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