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Midwinter Sacrifice Hardcover – 27 October 2011
Don't bother with Stieg Larsson, Kallentoft is better (Magnus Utvik, Sweden's leading critic)
One of the best-realised female heroines I've read by a male writer (Guardian)
The highest suspense (Camilla Lackberg, international bestselling author of The Stonecutter)
He has a completely unique style, an exquisite narrative that you drink in with pleasure . . . I'm convinced: a crime novel doesn't get much more beautiful than this (Kristianstadsbladet)
A gripping opening gambit . . . Investigating inspector Malin Fors is a feisty single mother, whose flaws are intriguing and endearing . . . The chillingly suspense-filled story works up to a truly stunning finale. (Easy Living)
Sharp writing and original insights add spice (Literary Review)
Kallentoft is gifted . . . He has a knack for characterisation and describing the slow burn of police work. (The Age (Australia))
A cleverly crafted . . . dark multilayered murder mystery (Courier Mail (Australia))
Engaging (Manly Daily (Australia))
Malin Fors is an intriguing and complex heroine . . . MIDWINTER SACRIFICE shows the hidden life under the picturesque surface . . . Kallentoft is an outstanding writer (Nordic Bookblog)
More very impressive input from another Scandinavian writer with something refreshingly different to say and with a different way of saying it . . . the background of Sweden in the grip of a cruel and punishing winter is brought vividly to the page. His illustration of the complex character of his heroine is also impressive . . . An impressive book. (Tangled Web)
Gripping (New Books Magazine)
Delivers in spades (Sunday Herald Sun (Australia))
Most successful as an in-depth exploration of small-town life in a country which is theoretically democratic and egalitarian, but only on the surface. (Canberra Times)
An all-round chilling read, and an interesting beginning to what will be a fascinating five-part series of crime fiction page turners featuring the policewoman. (Sunshine Coast Daily (Australia))
The prose is spare and the dead man whispers to the detective which she seems to hear and transform into an unerring instinct for the truth. (South Coast Register)
[Kallentoft] is rightly praised for his skill at plotting, as well as his ability to create strongly-realised female protagonists . . . The author's sequence featuring his wonderfully rounded female protagonist Malin Fors is rapidly acquiring a devoted following. (Good Book Guide)
About the Author
Mons Kallentoft grew up in a working-class household in the provincial town of Linkoping, Sweden, where the Malin Fors series is set. Before becoming a writer, he worked in journalism and is also a keen food critic. His first novel, Pesetas, was awarded the Swedish equivalent of the Whitbread Award. He has been married to Karolina for over 20 years, and they live in Stockholm with their daughter and son.
His novels are translated into English by Neil Smith.
Visit Mons' website at www.monskallentoft.se and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MonsKallentoft and follow him on Twitter @Kallentoft
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (27 October 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 144472150X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1444721508
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 3.9 x 23.6 cm
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I enjoyed reading this book as it was a genuine thriller. It has lots of meaty puzzles to chew on and plenty of moments where you find yourself telling Malin to be careful.
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I always smile when I see IKEA mentioned-that's not something our writers tend to do but Swedish writers do-you don't see Marks & Spencer's mentioned in every English book for example. I felt sorry for Zeke's son-Martin Martinsson-what was he thinking ??
There were some very funny moments in this despite the grim story. Touching moments too as when Malin first visited the old people's home-that made me sniffy. I liked Malin. Karen I found very chippy and Tove I like a great deal as well. The police crew are all very different but it's nice to know all their differing domestic set-ups. Another very puzzling thing was a mention of the crematorium worker and something he did which was never elaborated upon which left me somewhat baffled. There were some harrowing mentions of cruelty to kids which wasn't nice-you wonder why seem bother to have them at times, you really do....
I get to learn "stuff" reading these international authors too as I always Google painters that are mentioned or a type of chair or a particular landmark.
I'll definitely try the second in this series. At least I now know who's who.
A whole cast of characters are expertly described as is the wild Swedish landscape in which the book is set
The author interrupts the narrative with the thoughts of the victim which doesn't really work formerly otherwise was.fully engaged through to an ending that not all may like but i thought worked
Worthy of joking the ranks of the Nordic Noir greats
If you like Scandinavian crime, then you will probably enjoy this. Don't be put off if you find it takes a few chapters to adjust to the style. It is well worth persevering, and I will be downloading the next book, Summertime Death (Malin Fors) to my Kindle shortly.
As Fors and her colleagues search for motive behind a savage act, we are introduced to a range of characters from the eccentric to the disturbed. Ultimately only a few secrets need to surface to solve the mystery. As the book slowly unfolds there is no great puzzle to knowing who committed the crime and what drove them to it.
If you want a gripping thriller this is probably not the book for you. You will be impatient with Fors' stressed out motherhood.
If, on the other hand, you like police procedurals in unfamiliar sub-zero places you will enjoy this book. You have to be prepared to share the journey as well as to arrive at the destination. You have to want to share the squad's frustrations as much as to enjoy the thrill of the chase. The book is the first of a series and I would be interested in finding out more.
Malin Fors is a 33 year old police detective who, from her previous relationship with fireman Janne, has a 13 year old daughter Tove. Linköping in central Sweden is the setting for the novel during one of the coldest ever winters. Having been to Linköping several times and loved it, this book really brought back some memories of times spent there. Swedish Elite League ice hockey is played at the Cloetta Center as mentioned in the book and I found the fact that ice hockey player Martin, son of Malin's colleague Zeke, would indeed be playing for the local team at the Cloetta Center. Other descriptions of the town seem extremely accurate too.
Mons Kallentoft has a different style of writing. It does take some time getting used to it, but I must admit I liked it. I also loved learnibg more about the fantastic characters that Kallentoft has created in this first in the series. The plot does move slowly along but only as there are heaps more details about the characters and their thoughts, particularly Malin.
I've already bought the next in the series and started already. Looking forward to the next in the series too.
This is one character that I would love to see adapted for TV. If the Wallander books can be done, then so can Fors.
A WORD OF WARNING! This book is the 2011 United Kingdom release. In June 2012 another version has hit the market - this version has the title MIDWINTER BLOOD (the United States release of the same book) If you have already read or bought MIDWINTER BLOOD, please AVOID this novel!!