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Before The Frost (Linda Wallander #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  8,347 Ratings  ·  510 Reviews
In woodland outside Ystad, the police make a horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in an attitude of prayer. A Bible lies at the victim's side, the pages marked with scribbled corrections. A string of macabre incidents, including attacks on domestic animals, have been taking place, and Inspector Wallander fears that these disturbances could be the p ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Vintage (first published 2002)
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"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
Jul 30, 2011 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2011 Robyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

What irritated
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
Aug 26, 2013 Shelli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2013
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
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
I've been waiting a long time to read first Linda Wallander mystery. I've always liked her character, particularly in the BBC version of the Wallander mysteries, and I was worried Henning Mankell's elevating of Linda to a place of prominence would be diminishing for me. That seems paradoxical, I know, but there are some characters who just shouldn't be leads. My fears that Linda was such a character were misplaced.

In fact, having so much prior knowledge of Linda made for a much richer "first no
Oct 22, 2011 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Joyce Lagow
Oct 08, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Henning Mankell is, for me, a hit-and-miss writer. While I’ve enjoyed the Wallander series (about a detective in Ystad), I haven’t particularly liked his other novels. Mankell tends to focus on the darkest aspects of the human psyche, and without the narrative device of the investigator (Kurt or, in this case, Linda Wallander), I can’t find much positive to hold on to, which is why I avoid the non-Wallander books these days. I would definitely recommend reading the other books in Wallander serie ...more
Stephen Hayes
Oct 13, 2011 Stephen Hayes rated it liked it
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
Jun 27, 2010 Harley rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Judy Hall
Oct 03, 2008 Judy Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Dec 12, 2008 Reinhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
Aug 18, 2010 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2009 Veronica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 27, 2012 Shari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
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
Jul 29, 2008 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2011 Michael Wing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2013 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish, mystery
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
Jun 10, 2011 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2009 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 2013 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.

Feb 27, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love the Wallander series on PBS, and this was only my second Mankell novel, I was a bit disappointed. While the storyline was good, it was just too slow for me. The constant going back on the 'lost' friend 'lost' my interest.
Nov 02, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

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