Before the Frost

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Before the Frost
Before the frost by Henning Mankell.jpg
First edition
Author Henning Mankell
Original title Innan frosten
Translator Ebba Segerberg
Country  Sweden
Language Swedish
Series Kurt Wallander
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Leopard förlag
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 388 pp (Eng. hardback trans.)
ISBN 1-84343-113-0 (Eng. trans.)
Preceded by Firewall
Followed by The Troubled Man

Before the Frost (Innan Frosten) is a novel by Swedish crime-writer Henning Mankell.

The protagonist is Linda Wallander, daughter of Inspector Wallander. The book was to be the first in a three-book series with Linda as the main character. However Mankell abandoned the series after just one novel when the actress playing Linda in the Swedish films, Johanna Sällström, committed suicide in 2007.[1]

Kurt Wallander and Stefan Lindman (the protagonist from The Return of the Dancing Master) also feature in the novel.


A feature film adaptation directed by Kjell-Åke Andersson was made in 2004 and released in Swedish cinemas on 14 January 2005. It stars Johanna Sällström as Linda and Krister Henriksson as Kurt. The film also serves as the opening installment of Mankell's Wallander, a series of theatrical and straight-to-video films based on story outlines by Mankell but otherwise unconnected to the novels. Sällström and Henriksson reprise their roles in these films.

The BBC filmed the novel for the British television adaptation of Mankell's Wallander novels, but they rewrote the story to make Wallander the protagonist, with Kenneth Branagh playing the role of Kurt Wallander.

A stage adaptation authorized by Mankell was premiered at the Westphalia State Theatre in Paderborn, Germany, in 2006.


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