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Autumn Killing: Malin Fors 3 (Malin Fors series) [Kindle Edition]

Mons Kallentoft , Neil Smith
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It is Autumn in Linköping and the heavens have opened, but not even

these biblical rains can wash away the blood of crimes past and


Then the brutally-stabbed body of self-made

Internet billionaire Jerry Petersson is discovered floating facedown in

the moat surrounding his home, the imposing Skogså


Malin Fors, the brilliant but flawed star of

the Linköping police force, is already struggling to keep her life

together following the recent murder attempt on her teenage daughter,

Tove. Now, as the Petersson case forces Malin to delve deep into

Linköping's history and her own family's past, the secrets she uncovers

threaten to drown her, too . . .


the third book in the internationally bestselling Malin

series of Swedish crime novels featuring a brilliant and

complex heroine to rival Sarah Lund of The Killing

and Saga Norén of The Bridge.

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My current favourite among the Scandinavian crime writers is another Swede, Mons Kallentoft. So far, three of his Malin Fors books have been translated into English: Midwinter Sacrifice, Summertime Death and Autumn Killing. I loved them all, particularly for the way Kallentoft gives a voice to his victims. (Alex Gray, author of Sleep Like the Dead)

Praise for Mons Kallentoft's MALIN FORS series (. . .)

Kallentoft's books have been called beautiful, exquisite and original. I can see why. (Literary Review)

He has a completely unique style, an exquisite narrative that you drink in with pleasure . . . I'm convinced: a crime novel doesn't get much more beautiful than this (Kristian Stadsbladet)

Don't bother with Stieg Larsson, Kallentoft is better (Magnus Utvik, Sweden's leading critic)

One of the best-realised female heroines I've read by a male writer (Guardian)

The highest suspense (Camilla Lackberg, international bestselling author of The Stonecutter)

The strengths of this complex and excellent novel include realistic dialogue, thorough characterisation and concern for social issues (New Zealand Listener)

It is Kallentoft's characterisation and distinctive, often poetic style which make his crime-writing more memorable than most . . . It is compelling reading. The atmosphere of oppressive heat creates the sense of a hell on earth, where evil thrives. It is a powerful and disturbing vision. (Canberra Times)

'Meditative. Dark. Really, really cold . . . This is a worthy successor to Larsson's Millennium trilogy . . . This first installment in Kallentoft's crime series is a splendid representative of the Swedish crime novel, in all its elegance and eeriness.' (Booklist Starred Review)

Book Description

The third novel in the internationally bestselling Malin Fors series of Swedish crime novels, the first of which, MIDWINTER SACRIFICE, was a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection. Perfect for fans of Scandinavian crime and the hit television series The Killing and The Bridge.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1309 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444721623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444721621
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mons Kallentoft Autumn Killing 7 Oct. 2012
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Autumn Killing is the third in the Malin Fors quartet that I have purchased from Amazon. I must say that the first 40 pages were the most depressing I think that I have ever read in my 81 years. I persevered and the usual brilliance of the author and his detective Malin Fors began to come through. It was difficult for her however as Kallentoft has been overwhelmed (in my opinion of course)by his most irritating habit - voices off. The corpse speaks, the killer speaks, Malin speaks, three plus others, each all the way throughout the book, interrupting the text in italics. They identify themselves at first but not later on and the voices off merge and I did not know where I was.

So I see what Kallentoft was doing and why he was doing it, but if you pick up a crime book you want to read a crime book and not a lot of psychobabble. He is too good for all that rubbish. Leave it to those who have degrees in it and give readers straight forward Swedish crime I say!
I have pre-ordered the fourth not yet available book in the quartet from Amazon and shall read it I know, but sincerely hope it has no voices off.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent continuation in the Malin Fors series 2 Oct. 2012
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A billionaire is found dead outside his castle just outside Linköping and Malin Fors and the team of characters from Linköping police investigate.
Like his earlier two novels, Midwinter Sacrifice and Summertime Death, Mons Kallentoft's Autumn Killing is rich with character development and detail, not only of the main detective Fors, but also of her colleagues too.
Malin is drinking too much and is not communicating well with her daughter Tove. Recently she agreed to move back in with Tove's father, fireman Janne but the arrangement does not seem to have been working to anyone's benefit.
Having just over 500 pages makes this a decent read and I certainly look forward to the next in the series.
If you're looking for a detective story with absolutely no character detail and 100% plot, then Autumn Killing will not be to your taste.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mons Kallentoft keeps up the good work 24 May 2013
By Natasha
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Quite addictive despite some of the literary techniques used by Kallentoft which some dislike but which I think soften the horror a little, which is welcome! Have now read all in the series and they didn't disappoint.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average which I found surprising 18 Sept. 2013
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The weakest of this author I have read so far. Quite pedestrian and slow throughout. A vagueness of plotting left me struggling whereas I enjoyed the others more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really like Mons Kallentoft's writing 13 Feb. 2015
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Really like Mons Kallentoft's writing. Have followed Malin Fors series since the start. This one sees Malin unravelling following the kidnap and near murder of her daughter. Will Malin still be able to function as a person never mind a detective?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars lost the plot 1 Nov. 2012
By john H
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I enjoyed his first two books but ,in this one, what were minor irritations have become major faults . I now find Malin and her problems tiresome , her problems with alchohol, her relationships with her daughter , her husband , her lover, her mother and father etc etc. She has lost her edge and so has the story . I now find his use of italicised voices which seem to take up more room equally tiresome , especially the returning dialogic voice of first murdered man .But ,above all, I do not like the use of the continuous and monotonous present tense : it is so old hat . It is a pity Kallentoft is in the grip of style . The yarn beneath all his stylish clutter is good and I would have prefered a less unconventional technique .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading 7 Feb. 2015
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Love all of his books, slowly working my way through them. Trouble is I get nothing done once I start reading!!!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pipe down, dead people! 19 Mar. 2013
I read 'Midwinter Sacrifice' and liked it, but I skipped the second book, which was a mistake as there are some mega plot spoilers in this third volume. (I wish authors wouldn't do this - we don't all read their books in the intended sequence.) Overall I enjoyed 'Autumn Killing', but it does have flaws, most notably the 'thoughts' of the dead people which keep interrupting the action. It's not as if they have anything interesting to say, either. I also found the flashbacks confusing as it wasn't always easy to work out whose they were (and I'm still not sure who got chased by the lawnmower). There was also a bit too much harping on about 'autumn' - decaying leaves all over the place - as if the author was determined to underline his title. But having said all this I still think this is a good story, well told in the author's idiosyncratic style, and Malin's descent in alcoholism, although depressing, is horribly convincing.
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