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Before the Frost by Henning Mankell
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Nov 06, 2011

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The Wallender books are good, dark reads. Mankell hysteria is a bit overblown, but Kurt Wallender is that great character mix of the socially morose man who makes up for in analytical insight what he lacks in social graces. There's a chicken-or-egg fascination with his depression - does the job drive him to drink or is the job his salvation from an otherwise assured life of seeing the glass as half empty. Before the Frost introduces his daughter Linda in the mix, who provides a bit of youthful edge to the otherwise dark Swedish lifestyle and landscape. Although Mankell can wear
his philosophical ruminations a little too ponderously on his sleeve, there is a prescient dose of sinister religious fanaticism tossed in the villainy here that reminds us that when it comes to spiritual nut jobs, no religion can hold a candle to Christianity. A worthwhile quick read.

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