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Savage Spring: Malin Fors, Volume 4 [Paperback]

Mons Kallentoft , Neil Smith
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11 April 2013 Malin Fors

The Swedish town of Linköping is bathed in Spring sunshine. The trees are blossoming and families are having breakfast at outdoor tables in the main square.

Then a deafening explosion rips through the air.

Broken glass and tulip petals cover the cobblestones, and two little girls, twin sisters, are killed while their mother is left fighting for her life.

Detective Inspector Malin Fors has just attended her own mother's funeral when she is summoned to the devastating scene. But, although Malin is plagued with questions about her past and the secrets her mother never revealed, she must once again bury her own pain if she is to find Tuva and Mira Vigerö's killer before he strikes again.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444721674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444721676
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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The fourth novel in the internationally bestselling Malin Fors series, a Swedish crime-writing phenomenon, perfect for fans of the television series The Killing and The Bridge.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best of the series 23 April 2013
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I hadn't enjoyed the third book in this series so was pleasantly surprised by this final instalment. Malin Fors has dried out & is likeable character (I think it helps to empathise to the protagonist to some degree) There is a bomb, suggested terrorist groups, dead & missing children so at least the story doesn't follow a proscribed pattern & there is a build of suspense to keep the reader guessing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet! 21 May 2013
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I enjoyed the three earlier 'Seasons' featuring the complex protagonist Malin Fors, so was looking forward to 'Savage Spring'. I was definiitely not disappointed; in fact this is the best of the series.

This book develops the characters of the Linkoping detective team, and especially that of Malin herself. In 'Savage Spring' the heroine continues her battle with alcoholism, but also has to deal with her mother's death and profound revelations about her family's past. These personal challenges are faced in parallel with that of discovering who planted the bomb whose exposion marks the start of the story.

The contemporary themes of financial crisis, global terrorism and religious fanaticism are explored, alongside the more intimate and disturbing story at the heart of the novel. Kallentoft's trademark of allowing the dead to 'speak' is used brilliantly here, and with great poignancy.

Malin's relationship with her daughter is sensitively developed, again in tandem with the unravelling of the detective story plot about parents and children.

Atmospheric, haunting and reaching new depths for Mons Kallentoft, this is a very rewarding read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Scandinavian storytelling 1 Aug 2013
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I have fallen under the spell of Mon Kallentoft's writing and his latest book simply continued that experience. He is a born storyteller and Malin Fors is a wonderful fictional creation.

Alex Gray, Scottish crime author
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost for Words 11 April 2013
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Truly lost for words. I have read Savage Spring, the fourth in the Malin Fors sequence and cannot work out why an author as amazingly talented as this one should have to resort to what I can only describe as 'noises off' in his novels. He gives readers the voice of the corpse (written as italics) in the first volume and (if I remember) the voice of a murderer in the second! Continuing in this style in the third. Irritating to this reader to start with, but by this, the fourth in the series, whether a stunt, gimmick, expression of a deeply held belief, or just page fillers, I do not know and do not care. It drove me mad! Mons K does not need this to sell his books. His plots are tense, his writing when attending to the plot is tight, and his team of detectives second to none. We know Malin Fors is 'intuitive', please do not work it death, she has more than enough to contend with as it is.

Come back to the plots and the team of detectives please. Wilkie Collins more or less dealt with noises off in The Woman in White and even Conan Doyle touched upon similar. I hope Amazon sells us more from this talented author in the future and that he has left the psychobabble behind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer, excellent story 4 April 2014
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Mons Kallentoft is a truly great writer. As well as giving us a likeable, realistic female detective with whom we can empathize, Kallentoft's plots are convincing and full of suspense. But what sets him apart from so many thriller writers is the sheer quality of his writing. His style is poetic and lyrical in places, without being over the top, and in others is fast-paced and succinct. This blend of fine writing, empathic characters and first-rate plotting is typical of many Scandinavian thrillers - which is why we love them so much! - and this latest offering from Kallentoft is a sterling example of the very special genre of "nordic noir". Why can't British and American thriller writers manage to combine such wonderful writing style with likeable characters and good plots? Most of those writing in English tend to be plot-driven, prosaic and plodding. That's why Scandinavian writers are so popular now. Long may they continue to delight us!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savage Spring 20 July 2013
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Excellent. A return to form, whereas I found volumes two (Summer) and three (autumn) disappointing, and Malin's alcoholism was becoming rather unbelievable for a serving police officer. This is obviously the end of the Malin Fors series, and the loose ends are tied up nicely, although quite suddenly. Good documenting of modern preoccupations and fears, although the real culprits are unexpected in quite a nice twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 14 Jun 2013
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savage spring is the fourth in the Malin Fors series, and in my opinion the best so far. I have read the previous books. Summer Death, Very good. Midwinter sacrifice also very good and Autumn killing which was awful. I completely lost interest in who done it well before halfway, and only ploughed on till the end to find out how Malin coped with the alcoholism which had taken over her life. I am please to say that Mons Kallentoft and Malin are back on form with Savage Spring. For those who are familiar with the series, as usual the dead victims spirits float around in the atmosphere, commenting on the investigation and whispering in Malin ear. Which I think adds an unusual twist to the stories. At the start of savage Spring a bomb explodes in the town square, killing three people and injuring many. Terrorists ? person vendetta ?. Its a real cant put down page turner. Thoroughly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish crime writer don't disappoint!
Good triller, lots of suspense which is what I was hoping form good author. I have read other books by him.imi
Published 6 months ago by Marit Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Latest Malin Fors
I really enjoyed this tale. I think that Malin is a challenging 21st century female role model. Very exciting & entertaining to read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Viv
5.0 out of 5 stars Savage Spring: Malin Fors, Vol. 4
I have not yet read the book. Hence, can only say that I have read previous books of the Malin Fors series and I liked those!
Published 8 months ago by K. Ledermann
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I had already read the first two in the series and had enjoyed them. Although it' s not necessary to read them first, there are some continuing themes.
Published 8 months ago by Sandra Scutt
3.0 out of 5 stars Savage Spring - Okay
Fairly interesting read but didn't have me glued to it. Am a keen thriller reader but don't think I'll will rush to buy the author again.
Published 13 months ago by IwonaW
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the others
Enjoyable and well written, just somehow not quite as good as the others in this series - felt that the ending was a bit strange
Published 14 months ago by Wilma
4.0 out of 5 stars Fourth in a great series
As with his previous books, full on suspense, mystery, emotional issues, twist's and sub plots, slightly let down a little as you near the ending regarding the links to Malins mind... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Graham
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the Same.
Not as good as previous novels done in the same style. Predictable ending but central character still strong. Needs to change style next.
Published 15 months ago by L. Miners
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