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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin USA; Reprint edition (28 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143117947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143117940
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.1 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 4 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
In the UK Ake Edwardson's Chief Inspector Winter novels are published by Vintage and are translated by Laurie Thompson. In the US and Canada they are published by Penguin using a number of translators. Unfortunately Vintage have published out of sequence and so far have not published the first two novels in the series, Death Angels (Chief Inspector Erik Winter Novels), and this one which is the second in the original Swedish. Both are available from Amazon as Penguin import editions. The fact that they are intended for the North American market is obvious from the translations as well as the cover prices only being shown in US and Canadian dollars. The Americanisation in the translation of Death Angels was a cause of great concern to many reviewers. Here it is much less noticeable, and not just because a lot of expressions like 'kitty corner' are creeping into UK English more and more. I think Per Carlsson has done a much better job than Ken Schubert did on the earlier book.

The translation is not the only area of improvement in this book over the first. There is a quantum leap in the development of the characters, particularly the lead, Inspector Winter. He may not be the finished article of the later books previously published in the UK, but is much more recognisable as such, which wasn't the case in Death Angels. In my review of that book I said it was probably for completists only. This is not the case here, The Shadow Woman is an excellent police procedural, which gives a lot of detail on how much work and hours go into following up leads and eliminating the irrelevant in an investigation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jules C on 28 Jun 2011
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I was prepared to enjoy this book, as I am a self-confessed fan of scandinavian writers. But this one defeated me. Nothing wrong with the story, but I found the 'gonna' wanna' 'gotten' that littered all the conversations too irritating and distracting...all wrong somehow, and a bit too American. Maybe this time it was the translation that just didn't work for me; if I wanted to read Harlen Coben, I would.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit on 16 Jan 2011
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Slow and steady: Sweden's youngest Detective Inspector seeks elusive clues in this slow, plodding police procedural about a murder victim that takes half the book to identify. Erik Winter, the dapper inspector who likes expensive clothing and cars, and finds it difficult to grow up to a maturity in relation to his girlfriend's desire for more permanence, is an intuitive, careful thinker confronted, in this second installment in a Swedish noir series, with almost no clues about the victim or murderer, other than that she has borne a child.

The plot switches back and forth between the present-day investigation and flashbacks, so the reader - this reader, at least - is at a loss as to where the story is at. It is confusing at best, yet interesting, from a psychological point of view. There are some idioms the translator obviously inserted into the text which have no obvious counterpart in Swedish.

Having struggled over a longer period of time to read the novel than would be devoted ordinarily to a book of this length, it is with ambivalence that it is recommended, solely on the basis that it is an interesting work.
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