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3.0 out of 5 stars A new chapter for Wallander, 13 Mar 2009
This review is from: Before The Frost (Mass Market Paperback)
Throughout the Wallander series of books, we've watched Linda grow up and play more and more of a role in her father's life. In Before the Frost she finally fulfills her destiny, Star Wars style, and becomes a police officer in Ystad, the Swedish town which has been the backdrop to her father's event-laden career. This book is much more Linda's story than her father's, but sadly she isn't as interesting a character as he is. The story focuses on the disappearance of an old school friend of Linda's, and Linda's attempts to play sleuth when the police aren't interested. As the story unfolds she does a series of fairly stupid and risky things that I found completely infuriating - possibly things that I would have excused if Kurt Wallander had done them, because his world-weary instincts are generally right. As it was, she reminded me of Jack Bauer's daughter in 24, endlessly straying into trouble in order to give the plot a bit of extra jeopardy. Despite this, there's still enough of the pleasingly miserable and introspective Kurt Wallander in this book to make it a worthy addition to the canon, and a good read.
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