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Summer Death

(Malin Fors #2)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,546 ratings  ·  182 reviews
In this chilling crime novel starring the elusive, tough-as-nails Swedish police superintendent Malin Fors, a combustive summer turns deadly.

In the midst of the hottest summer anyone can recall, a sweltering heat wave and raging forest fires plague the small Swedish burg of Linköping. Things get especially hot for police superintendent Malin Fors when a teenage girl is fou
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published 2008)
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Arielle Walker
Skim read most of this - it's weirdly poetic, and turns out that's not a good thing. Slips from first to third person constantly, repeats, monotones, muses. The dead speak in chorus (which could have been amazing but wasn't). This, combined with the fact that I hadn't realised this was the second in a series meant I didn't have a clue what was going on.

I still don't exactly know what happened, but whatever is was was narrated like this:

Janne, you're not there, your warm warmth.
I want you both to
Nowhere near as annoying as most other books I've given two stars. But between approx pp.150-400 the description that mostly sprang to mind was 'fundamentally unconvincing'. And as for the following denouement and revelations about the killer, that was of the order 'I'm reading the sort of sensationalist trash I've only heard about second hand', and also completely fucking ridiculous. I've sometimes heard people say they weren't fazed or disgusted by a violent fictional scene because it was too ...more
Lucy Qhuay

I've said it before and I'm going to say it again - Mons Kallentoft is a true artist with words and he really makes an impact on you.

That being said, I was kind of disappointed with this one.

First of all, Malin Fors totally steals the show.

Her inner struggle with herself, her thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears hook you in such a way that there is no space for anything else.

That can be a good thing, but it also sucks.

This is a thriller/mystery, after all, and you're supposed to be invested in
Missing the half stars used on other pages: it would be 3.5. Thanks to Ancestral's opinion I changed my view of this book. At the beginning, the switching from Ich- to Er-Erzählung was really bothering me as I didn't grasp who was speaking at certain moments. Once you get used to it, you'll (probably) enjoy the book. The plot is well constructed (although nothing new, but on the other hand, what is new in fiction/this world?). The author's style is quite specific: short elliptical sentences that ...more
The second in this series. I do object to publishers trying to claim that a writer is better than another as they all have their strengths. Kallentoft has more in common with Henning Mankell than others cited on the cover.

Again there is a touch of magical realism as the 'voice' of the murdered girl does give her perspective.

The weather is also a character in its own right. 'Midwinter Sacrifice' highlighted the cold, here it is a freak summer heatwave that has the characters' brains melting as th
Didn't enjoy this as much as the first in the series, will still perservere with the rest, but hope there isn't the annoying victim/'s voice trying to communicate with Malin, irritating in the first book, more so in this. Also don't really understand why a flaking blue painted d**** had to feature so much, do painted ones actually exist?? Unnecessary Mons!!
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish
Typical crime fiction and generally no better or worse than the average detective novel, but I found the writing really irritating. Characterisation is flat and makes it difficult to care about anyone involved, including the final victim. Will not be reading any more in this series.
Karen Rettig
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was one of those dark, Swedish mysteries, and I enjoyed it up to a point. The author’s recounting of the repetitive, often tedious nature of a homicide detective’s job was interesting and probably realistic. The story, however, took place in a summer that was brutally hot and dry; on every page (or so it seemed), the author had to comment on the weather in some way, I.e.: the car was an oven, the heat was shimmering over the road, her shirt stuck to her, etc. and etc. Too much. The plot, wh ...more
Bonnie Brody
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mons Kallentoft, author of this interesting Swedish police procedural and thriller, has a very existential bent. His characters are self-aware and the protagonist seems to be searching for her center, her true north star.

Malin Fors is a 34 year old police inspector working in Linkoping, Sweden, the city where she grew up. She has a 14 year old daughter named Tove who is her heart's love. She also remains attached to her ex, Janne, though they separated over ten years previously. She wonders oft
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summer Death is the second book in the Scandinavian crime series written by Mons Kallentoft. I had not read the first book and didn't have any trouble following the story. I would have liked to have read the first to understand the main characters relationship with her ex-husband, Janne.
Other than that one aspect, the story is good enough to stand on it's own.
It takes place in the small town of Linkoping. It is a very hot summer and there are large forest fires raging making everything hotter. M
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
He's an impressive writer, but I think I liked books 1 and 4 of the Malin Fors series better (this one's 2). I appreciate the suspense, the strong characterizations, the insight that child abuse may cause some children to grow up into truly whacko criminals if they don't off themselves first. But how much child abuse can one stand to read about? And although the author's descriptive powers are great, I did get tired of hearing how hot it was the summer the murders occurred -- every few sentences ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mmm-2013

As much as I enjoy Nordic Noir/Scandinavian crime fiction, I am not enjoying Mons Kallentoft's take on it. I did not find anything really "thrilling" about this thriller.

His main character, Malin Fors, seems to always have her head screwed on a little sideways, and half the time she can't seem to keep herself together much less have the brains to solve a crime. This can work if the author can make you care about the protagonist and understand why s/he crawls into a bottle, has demons, etc. But,
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book attracted me because the author, Mons Kallentoft, is a young Swedish writer in the crime/thriller genre, and one reviewer compared him to Stieg Larsson. The action takes place in a small town in Sweden during an unusual heat wave. In a short span of days, a young girl turns up nearly dead, then two more girls are found dead, and the evidence points to a potential serial killer. The main detective, Malin Fors, gets the case. For one thing, I did not know that it could get that hot in Sw ...more
Liz English
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Mons Kallentoft, OK this is only the second book but for me he's a very good author. His characters are believable and the storyline in this and the first book are excellent. It all comes together and in between we're given some peeks into Malin Fors life. I have to admit I thought when I read the first book Mons was a woman, because of the excellent characterisation. The book can be a little difficult to read with the 'dead voices', but you soon get used to it. I enjoyed it so much I rea ...more
Minty McBunny
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: february-2015, 2015
I had the same problem with this book as I had with the previous one, I liked the story, but the writing style was deeply annoying and distracting. I assume some of it is translation but the constant shifts in narrative voice, particularly the invasive, existential voice of the victim really distracts from what, at its heart, is a pretty straightforward police procedural. I'd like to know what happened to Malin to make her the way she is, and I will continue with the series, but it's definitely ...more
felt this one was slower to start off with the previous malin fors book but once the story got going was a page turner and using the same dead person dialect in the look, looking forward to number 3 in english now
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavia-noir
Yeah, ok. Very dark, great oppressive atmosphere... Seems to drag on a bit.
Mike Cuthbert
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mons Kallentoft writes disturbing thrillers. For example, in this one, two young girls are discovered murdered with their bodies washed in bleach and, in one case, their wounds cleaned up with a scalpel. The other victim is cleaned up but not as painstakingly. Inspector Malin Fors and her partner, Zeke, head the investigation into the girls’ deaths while Malin’s daughter, Tove, goes off with Malin’s ex, Janne, to Bali for a vacation. Upon her return, not surprisingly, Tove, who fits the profile ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
A good enough mystery but the author's writing style is just annoying. Almost but not really stream of consciousness. Voices of the dead endeavor to speak with Malin Fors, detective, main character, which should be cool but somehow is just trying so hard to be poetic that just meh. I felt no real connection with any of the main characters. Despite the crazy things happening there just seems to be a lack of emotion. This is the second in the Malin Fors series and once again the weather weighs in ...more
Alan Sanie
Jul 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: epub
As the temperature in Sweden reaches a record-breaking 45 degrees, forest fires break out. All those who have failed to escape Linkoping for the summer take shelter indoors, shocked and paralysed by the heat.However, when a teenage girl is discovered naked and bleeding in the local park, it is clear that the raging heat is not the only plague affecting the town.Then a second girl is found dead.Alarmed by the fact that the victims are the same age as her daughter, Tove, detective Malin Fors will ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read a couple of reviews of this book before I started and noted a bunch of 2's and 3's, so I was concerned I wouldn't like it. Found it thoroughly enjoyable. The protagonist, Malin Fors, is far from perfect and has many doubts about her personal and professional capabilities. The crimes at the center of the story are compelling and the investigative process seems to be fairly authentic with red herrings and false assumptions cropping up which need to be addressed. Even though I thought this boo ...more
Ann Tonks
This is probably 3.5 rather than 3 as a rating because I'm torn over some elements of the book. On the one hand the character of Malin Fors is strong and clear as are those of a number of her fellow police officers. On the other, the rationale for the murders is too weird to be believable. There's an element of poetry in the voices of the dead but it becomes excessive and ultimately irritating. So I'm torn. The answer is probably that I enjoyed the read but not the outcome.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad story but it's really slow generally and really doesn't gain any sort of traction, the characters are very flat and one dimensional and it feels like this author is trying to re-create the feeling of " The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" but with a female lead detective but with a much less interesting plot.
I feel like there is a lot of "sexual" tension that is thrown in for good measure but it feels forced rather than natural
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was constantly getting the characters mixed up with each other. The plot was slow and boring at times. The pages seemed to drag on and the multiple point of views confused me. It wasn't until the final two chapters that I found myself on the edge of my seat. I am relieved to finally have finished it.
It got exciting around the last 40 pages of the book.
Mr Bill
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
this was not really my type of book i guess
Tilda Björkeby
3.5 stars.
Brynjar Orn
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second time, I force myself to finish a Malin Fors book. Yes there are many parts of the story telling I do like, there are others I dont like as much.
Martha Fiorentini
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another page turner but also violent
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty dark. I liked other Malin novel better.
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After being awarded the Swedish equivalent to the Whitbread Award for his debut novel Pesetas, Mons Kallentoft chose to give his own unique take on the classic Scandinavian crime novel. His success was immediate. The first book in the series about superintendent Malin Fors received unanimous praise from the national critics; it also conquered the bestseller charts and has today sold more than 300, ...more

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