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Before the Frost synopsis and book covers have appeared
Posted 2004-04-07
Line Wallander, Before the FrostFinally some book news. People who are anxious to read Henning Mankell's first novel featuring Linda Wallander can get a bit of information from Amazon.co.uk. Three editions of Before the Frost are listed for release on 2 September 2004. The official blurb is now upon us as well:
  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

 

The two book covers are:

Visit our Before the Frost page for more information and links to the Amazon catalog.