Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

Before The Frost: Henning Mankell

It's a Wallander story, but this time we're seeing things not from Wallander's point of view but from his daughter's. Wallander- viewed from the outside- is fatter, balder and - because we're not getting the self-doubt- more impressive in his single-minded professionalism. He and his daughter shout at one another a lot.

Otherwise Linda is Kurt in a skirt. She conducts herself as he does- running around from place to place, acting without consultation or authority, falling into traps. She's not terribly interesting in herself- and if Mankell was ever thinking to have her replace Kurt as his series detective he was wise to think again.
Subscribe

  • The Wonderful Poem

    I had a dream a few nights back that I was with a poet- who was sort of W.H. Auden but only vaguely so- and he'd just written a really good…

  • The Devil's Stone, Newington, Swale

    There are various versions of the legend. One of them tells how the Devil, annoyed by the ringing of the bells of St Mary's church in…

  • Return To The High Street

    It was forecast that lots of little businesses would go to the wall because of lockdown, but it just doesn't seem to have happened. We…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments