Before the Frost Book Summary and Study Guide

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New Press, Jan 2005, 24.95
ISBN: 1565848357

No one is more proud of Linda Wallender graduating from the Swedish Police Academy than her dad Chief Inspector Kurt Wallender. Linda looks forward to beginning work at the Ystad Police Department and ultimately to find a flat of her own, having lived with dear old dad until now.
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Dad is eager to mentor his daughter and she is eager to learn from him how to run an investigation though her patience runs thin when he becomes overprotective. Still while Kurt struggles to stop a religious extremist seemingly setting up a mass murder, Linda investigates on her own. Dad frets over her safety because of the disappearance of her friend Anna Westin, who vanished shortly after her father reentered her life. As Linda seeks clues from a variety of sources including Anna's journal, another young woman named in the journal vanishes. The case has the Wallenders arguing and putting up a firewall between them as the teacher-pupil relationship falls into a more adversarial situation.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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