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Mons Kallentoft , Neil Smith
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24 May 2012 Malin Fors

Winter was chilling. Summer will be brutal. Every season is perfect for murder.As the temperature in Sweden reaches a record-breaking 45°, forest fires break out. All those who have failed to escape Linköping for the summer take shelter indoors, shocked and paralysed by the heat.

However, when a teenage girl is discovered naked and bleeding in the local park, it is clear that the raging heat is not the only plague affecting the town.

Then a second girl is found dead.

Alarmed by the fact that the victims are the same age as her daughter, Tove, detective Malin Fors will work round-the-clock to capture the perpetrator. But as every lead comes to nothing, it is as though the oppressive heat is clogging up the wheels of her investigation. And time is not on Malin's side . . .


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (24 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444721577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444721577
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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)

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The second book in the internationally bestselling Malin Fors series of Swedish crime novels, the first of which, MIDWINTER SACRIFICE, was a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Mons Kallentoft's previous book, Midwinter Sacrifice, was a promising debut that showed a new, unique and literary voice working in Scandinavian crime fiction. Those qualities come into fruition brilliantly in the second Malin Fors book, Summertime Death. Even though it's under rather different weather conditions, it doesn't take long to slip back into the author's idiosyncratic and expansive view of provincial Sweden, or indeed to establish that each book in the tetralogy is going to be closely connected to the seasons. If midwinter in Linköping was as bleak as you can imagine, the record breaking heatwave that afflicts the city in the new book seeps into Detective Fors' investigation every bit as deeply.

Creating atmosphere is undoubtedly the strength of Mons Kallentoft's writing, but it extends way beyond using the weather for effect. As with the first book, there's an impressionistic clamour of voices from people from all walks of life (and even dead voices) in the community that flit through the writing. It's an essential part of the author's style, but it really distinguishes the writing above other similar works of crime fiction, putting the reader not only into the first-person perspective of Fors, but building up a much wider view of Swedish society. It's incredibly expansive in this respect, dipping into the minds of colleagues, victims and their families, but even if many of those figures appear to be peripheral to the story, it provides a deeper and essential insight into the society in which the crimes take place.

That was evident in Midwinter Sacrifice, but it's even more relevant, important and skillfully employed here in Summertime Death.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping- couldn't put it down... 29 July 2012
Format:Paperback
Took this book on holiday this week and was hooked by the end of 2nd chapter- characters interesting, quite gory at times but original. Loved the scene setting with forest fires, I could almost smell the smoke in the air...
The main character Malin Fors is interesting and I am looking forward to finding out her dark secret in later books. The last half of the book was so gripping that I was ignoring everyone on my holiday . A really good read if you like Steig Larsson, the Killing series etc
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as some Scandi crime but ok 25 July 2012
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The murderer employs very different methods of killing to other books I've read. The author has succeeded in producing a different type of novel and it does keep your attention. I found the heroine's musings repetitive and annoying but other than that it is worth reading so I say go for it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but ... 28 Aug 2013
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A good story, and I got through it quickly. I don't find the italicised 'voices of the dead' an irritation, but I did find the obsession with immigration, integration and political correctness a bit wearing. If a suspect was from an 'oppressed minority' the characters felt obliged to question their motives. The words 'prejudice' and 'racism' crop up frequently. For example 'Malin immediately thought of Abdul Iqbal as a viable suspect, then checked herself. Was that racist? Should she report herself to the Racial Thoughtcrime Division for re-education?'. OK, that wasn't in it as such, but it's how some of the text goes. It seems that in Sweden all low-paid work is done by downtrodden immigrants, yet if this is anything like true to life then Sweden must be the most institutionally politically correct nation on earth. Still, worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter, but worthwhile (audio book review) 24 Aug 2012
By Sile VINE VOICE
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Having downloaded, listened to, and enjoyed Midwinter Sacrifice, the first book featuring Malin Fors, I was keen to listen to this, especially since it had a different narrator.

The story's pacing is slow at first , and only really picks up towards the very end, but the use of voices, including those of the murder victims, kept me interested. The weather and seasons are notable as characters in these books, and as a heatwave raged around me in real life, it was easy to imagine the one in the book. Perhaps the slow pace was a reflection on the heat in Linköping, adding to the feeling of sluggishness felt by the characters themselves.

I was pleased to find Malin's inner thoughts more believable than in the last book, and I was much happier with the narration in Summertime Death (Unabridged), too because it wasn't as monotonous, thus breathing more life into the various characters; and this despite some being dead. Pleasingly, I was unable to discern the perpetrator in this book which counterbalanced the lack of astonishment at the identity of the last abductee.

I would recommend this audio book, especially if the listener has enjoyed Midwinter Sacrifice. I also look forward to listening to Autumn Killing and Savage Spring (Malin Fors) in the same series being translated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Mons!! 26 Jan 2014
By Walt.
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A great writing style.Have now purchased the four in the series.Would recommend these books to any crime fiction addict .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 28 Oct 2013
By Monica
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This book is so much more than a 'whodunit' and thriller. Like 'Midwinter Sacrifice' it is thought provoking and ahard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars caz53 17 Jun 2013
By caz
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This is the second in the Malin Fors series and I am hooked. The stories are sharp and show human behaviour in all its forms. The reader is kept guessing right up to the end. I have already bought the next in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars too spooky
Good read but awfully depressing. Very harsh and cold. I guess all the boos are similar. I enjoy the story but wish it was less gruesome
Published 3 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer time death (Malin Fors)
The book was ordered as a Christmas present for myself. However, I have not started to read it yet, but will do so in the next few =days.
Published 8 months ago by K. Ledermann
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story
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! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
So many Scandinavian crime books are set in winter, but this one is in the scorching heat of summer which is as atmospheric as the darkness of winter. Really enjoyed it.
Published 17 months ago by Dizzylizzard
2.0 out of 5 stars Get On with it
Too much paranormal commentary from beyond the grave for me here. Along with too much, for me, 'snake imagery'. Read more
Published 18 months ago by lichram
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Swedish master of crime
I honestly preferred the 1st book of the Malin Fors series. The overtones from the victims throughout the story jarred with me, seeming maudlin, not meaningful. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cathy Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting story
worth reading if you like the Killing 111,type of storys
with similar twists.good building of main people
have read another 2 books of this series
Published 20 months ago by rita gomory
4.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline but not so keen on the present tense
A teenage girl is found naked in a public park having been assaulted but she has no memory of the event. Shortly later another teenager is found but this time the victim is dead. Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. J. Mackenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Summertime Death
A good, interesting easy read. Malin Fors is a women of some complication. I get a good feeling for the area in which this book is set, and the characters in it.
Published 22 months ago by Pats
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