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Åke Edwardson , Laurie Thompson
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1 Jun 2006

From the three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers' Award.

A couple are found murdered in their flat in Gothenburg, their bodies symbolically arranged in a mysterious and grotesque fashion. As Winter follows the trail of clues into the cult world of the gothic, he becomes enmeshed in a riddle of nightmares, where he must untangle good from evil and sun from shadow.


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099472058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099472056
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"On a par with PD James... Edwardson is dazzlingly clever" (Helsingsborg Dagblad)

"Åke Edwardson's series about a colourful, troubled young detective provide a large ration of suspense" (Chicago Tribune)

"'Classy and complex police procedural'" (Daily Mail)

"A very pleasing mixture of police procedure and urban-domestic saga" (Morning Star)

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Meet Erik Winter: not a stereotypically glum detective. The youngest chief inspector in Sweden, he wears sharp suits, cooks gourmet meals, has a penchant for jazz and is about to become a father. But he has his share of troubles too: a bloody double murder on his doorstep is only the beginning.

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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sun and Shadow, Ake Edwardson 27 Jun 2005
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A couple entertain a stranger in their Gothenburg flat. His insistence on playing death metal music, however, is not quite the kind of entertainment they had in mind. Days later, when the newspaper boy becomes suspicious at the music that's been playing loudly behind the door every morning, they are found dead, scene staged in a chilling symbolic horror.
Chief Inspector Erik Winter, jazz fan and fond cook, is the youngest policeman of his rank in Sweden. Personally, his life is on uncertain ground: His wife is pregnant with their first child, and his father has just had a severe heart-attack. Winter jets out for a short trip to Marbella, where his parents now live, to see his father and take care of his mother. When he returns, Winter finds this gruesome case waiting for him, ready to lead him into the murky, paranoid world of Gothenburg's death metal culture.
Actually, though this is billed as an "Erik Winter" novel, it's actually rather similar to McBain's 87th Precinct series in that we get a picture of several different policemen. Winter is certainly the main focus, but Edwardson shows that the team behind him is clearly important as well. The conveyed sense of teamwork, group effort, being the most auspicious tactic behind the solution of crimes, is something Edwardson shares with that other great Swedish crime novelist, Henning Mankell. Obviously, the comparison is so obvious that it begs to be made.
Similar is the tendency toward macabre crimes, similar is the plodding yet absolutely compelling portrait of police-work, similar are the small but inspired portraits of eccentric periphery characters, similar is the atmosphere, and similar is the fascination of their protagonists (though Winter and Wallander are cut from entirely different cloth).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flabby plot, dodgy structure, a bit frustrating 30 Nov 2008
By vasquez
Format:Paperback
I was a bit disaapointed with this. Is stands up poorly in comparison to Wallander, Martin Beck, Erlendur and the rest of the Nordic crime bunch.
I found the structure a bit odd - there's an introductory 100-page meander in Spain that could have been wrapped up much more quickly, the middle section drags with a couple of irrelevant and pointless sub-plots and yet the climax is over far too quickly.
Winter has no real idea about the killer's identity until about ten pages from the end (and nor do we, thanks to a series of mammoth red herrings) and it all feels very rushed. The ending also leaves plot points unresolved, which is frustrating after you have plodded through almost 450 pages. I also found the constant jumping back and forth between scenes at the beginning of the book a bit uncomfortable.
The involvement of a police officer in the murder is hinted at very strongly (this is revealed in the cover blurb so I'm not giving the plot away). But the way it's hinted at is so long-winded and obvious that you feel if it turns out to red herring it would be frustrating. You're also thinking that if the police officer did do it, it's frustrating because it's so obvious.
The way Winter eventially solves the crime is based on a series of riddles left at the crime scene and is virtually resloved in a couple of chapters, where he converses with a foresnsic psychologist. But it just isn't especially believeable or satisfying - one gets the impression of luck over judgement.
As noted by other reviewers, some of the dialogue is awful. Some of the characters are unconvincing. One scene involving the thoughts of a teenager on modern music (Beck, Eminem, etc) is especially cringeworthy and I suspect the translation may have contributed to the shortconmings of the prose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Think was my first encounter with Edwardson... 13 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought so many of these for my Kindle this winter it is nice to revisit them to review... Another engaging series of books for a strong Scandi writer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian Noir! 21 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you love Scandinavian detectives then this is for you. Inspector Winter is an obsessive detective who neglects his private life to pursue the killer. You should love it.
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