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Before the Frost
Originally published in Swedish as Innan frosten in 2002 and later translated into German as Vor dem Frost.

Synopsis
"Before the Frost" is the first of a planned series of three books which feature Linda Wallander as the main character. Linda is a new policewoman and working on her first case with the help of her father, Kurt Wallander.

From Random House UK:
In woodland outside Ystad, the police make a horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in an attitude of prayer. A Bible lies at the victim's side, the pages marked with scribbled corrections. A string of macabre incidents, including attacks on domestic animals, have been taking place, and Inspector Wallander fears that these disturbances could be the prelude to attacks on humans on an even more alarming scale. Linda Wallander, in preparation to join the police force, arrives at Ystad. Exhibiting some of the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper - she becomes entangled in a case involving a group of religious extremists who are bent on punishing the world's sinners. Following on from the enormous success of the Kurt Wallander mysteries, Henning Mankell has begun an outstanding new chapter in crime writing.

From Amazon.com:
The leader of a religious cult in Guyana instigates a mass suicide. He succeeds in killing himself and his whole flock of worshippers, save one. One man escapes. In the wood in the country land outside Ystad, the police make an horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in an attitude of prayer. A Bible lies at the victim's side, handwritten corrections and amendments on every page. A string of incidents, including attacks on domestic animals, has been taking place and Inspector Wallander fears that these events could be the prelude to attacks on humans on a much greater scale. Linda Wallander, preparing to join the Ystad police force, arrives at the station. Showing all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper - she becomes involved in the case and in the process has to confront a group of extremists bent on punishing the world's sinners. Before the Frost is a totally compelling and atmospheric crime story.
© The Harvill Press/Vintage

From the New Press:
Linda Wallander is bored. Just graduated from the police academy, she is waiting to start work at the Ystad police station and move into her own apartment. Meantime, she is living with her father and, like fathers and daughters everywhere, they are driving each other crazy. Nor will they be able to escape each other when she moves out. Her father is Inspector Kurt Wallander, a veteran of the Ystad police force, whom she will have to work alongside. Linda's boredom doesn't last long. Soon she is embroiled in the case of her childhood friend Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared. As the investigation proceeds, she makes a few rookie mistakes. They are understandable, but they are also life-threatening. And as the case her father is working on dovetails with her own, something far more calculated and dangerous than either could have imagined begins to emerge. 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.

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Book Information
Language Title Publication Date Translator
Flag of Sweden Swedish Innan frosten 2002 N/A
Flag of the United Kingdom English Before the Frost 2004 Ebba Segerberg
Flag of Germany German Vor dem Frost 2003 Wolfgang Butt
Flag of The Netherlands Dutch Voor de vorst, Koudefront 2006 Edith Sybesma
Flag of France French Avant le gel 2005 Anna Gibson
Flag of Italy Italian Prima del gelo 2003 Carmen Giorgetti Cima
Flag of Spain Spanish Antes de que hiele 2006 Carmen Montes Cano
Flag of Spain Catalan Abans de la gelada 2006 Ivette Miravitllas Pous
Flag of Spain Basque ??    
Flag of Norway Norwegian Før frosten 2002 Kari Bolstad
Flag of Finland Finnish Ennen routaa    
Flag of Denmark Danish Inden frosten    
Flag of Iceland Icelandic ??    
Flag of Portugal Portuguese ??    
Flag of Greece Greek ??    
Flag of Poland Polish ??    
Flag of Slovenia Slovenian ??    
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Film Information
Filmed by Yellow Bird Studios and released to theaters in Sweden on 14 January, 2005. See our Yellow Bird Film series page for more information. Variety's review of the film can be seen here.

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Anne-Brit Höglund Martinsson Linda
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Linda & Kurt Ystad police station the team meets
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Anna Westin Erik Westin Ebba
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infant in lake Linda & friends' picnic missing Vespa


Product List
Books
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail Before the Frost Publisher: Vintage Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1565848357
Released: 2006-Feb-14
Status: Not Released
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail Before the Frost Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0099459043
Released: 2005-Apr-7
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail Before the Frost Publisher: The New Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1565848357
Released: 2005-Feb-2
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail Before the Frost Publisher: The Harvill Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1843431130
Released: 2004-Sept-2
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail Before the Frost Publisher: The Harvill Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1843431149
Released: 2004-Sept-15
Status: In Print
Markets: International
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail Vor dem Frost Flag Publisher: Zsolnay
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 544
ISBN: 3552052194
Released: 2003-July-17
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail Avant le gel Flag Publisher: Seuil
Format: Paperback
Pages: 440
ISBN: 2020588358
Released: 2005-Sept-16
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.fr
Amazon.ca
Product Thmbnail Los Perros de Riga Flag Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
ISBN: 8483103303
Released: 2006-Mar-1
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
Product Thmbnail Abans de la gelada (Catalan) Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
ISBN: 8483104814
Released: 2006-Apr-1
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
DVD & Video
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail Wallander 1 - Innan frosten Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Yellow Bird Films
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Language: Swedish with English, Swedish, Norwegian subtitles
Rating:
Released: 2005-June-15
Status: Available
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