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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 Skane 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 becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared. As the case her father is working on dovetails with her own, something far more dangerous than either could have imagined begins to emerge. They soon find themselves forced to confront a group of extremists bent on punishing the world's sinners.
Already an international bestseller, Before the Frost inaugurates Henning Mankell's new mystery series about Linda Wallander, and also features Stefan Lindman of The Return of the Dancing Master.
"An arresting story by an arresting writer.... [Mankell] understand[s] and probe[s] the underside of everyday living—in an elegant and artful way.... He is able to look loneliness square in the eye. The result is writing that walks a line between ephemeral and everlasting." —The Washington Post
"Powerful.... Thoroughly engaging.... Amazingly human characters.... It's a testament to Mankell's skill with plot that the story gets more and more urgent as he transforms a series of small mysteries into a much larger thriller.... Mankell [is] a master storyteller." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Few of this genre's writers--few of any genre's writers—have been able to balance the ordinary and the grotesque with such literary dash and page-turning brio.... Mankell's atmospherics...give you metaphysical goose bumps." —Boston Herald