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Before the Frost by Henning Mankell
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Jul 04, 2011

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This book focuses on Linda Wallander, Kurt's daughter, which I didn't realize when I started it. I like Mankell, but I had to get used to unraveling this mystery from a neophyte's perspective. The plot is good enough, and the characters of the police involved are developed enough to make the story interesting. Linda's relationship with a friend is the center of the story and develops nicely. Think I just have a slight aversion to the current style of mystery writing which focuses on much on the personal relationships with friends and family; when I read a mystery, I'm more interested in how the detective works it out (think Simenon) than I am in listening to family and friendship tangles.

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