Sail of Stone (Erik Winter Series #6)

Sail of Stone (Erik Winter Series #6)

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by Åke Edwardson
     
 

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A brother and sister believe that their father has gone missing. They think he may have traveled in search of his father, who was presumed lost decades ago in World War II. Meanwhile, there are reports that a woman is being abused, but she can’t be found and her family won’t tell the police where she is. Two missing people and two very

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A brother and sister believe that their father has gone missing. They think he may have traveled in search of his father, who was presumed lost decades ago in World War II. Meanwhile, there are reports that a woman is being abused, but she can’t be found and her family won’t tell the police where she is. Two missing people and two very different families combine in this dynamic and suspenseful mystery by the Swedish master Åke Edwardson.

Gothenburg’s Chief Inspector Erik Winter travels to Scotland in search of the missing man, aided there by an old friend from Scotland Yard. Back in Gothenburg, Afro-Swedish detective Aneta Djanali discovers how badly someone doesn’t want her to find the missing woman when she herself is threatened. Sail of Stone is a brilliantly perceptive character study, acutely observed and skillfully written with an unerring sense of pace.

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Publishers Weekly
Two amorphous mysteries slowly take shape in Edwardson’s fifth novel featuring Chief Insp. Erik Winter of the Gothenburg police (after 2007’s Frozen Tracks). When Axel Osvald, whose daughter Winter was once involved with, disappears in Scotland while looking into the presumed drowning of his father, John Osvald, during WWII, Winter goes to Scotland in search of answers. Meanwhile, African-Swedish policewoman Aneta Djanali can’t let go of the case of Anette Lindsten, a possible victim of domestic violence who’s reluctant to let the authorities investigate. A puzzled Djanali and her colleague, Fredrik Halders, try to locate Lindsten and make sense out of the complicated tangle of her relationships after she goes missing. Edwardson’s ambling story reveals more about the complex psychology of Winter and Djanali than it does about crime or criminals. Agent: Peter Riva, International Transactions. (Mar.)
Library Journal
In his sixth outing (after The Shadow Woman), Erik Winter investigates two missing-person cases in Gothenburg, Sweden. One involves the disappearance of an old girlfriend's father, who traveled to Scotland to search for his own father, presumed to have died during World War II. When the missing man is found dead, Winter goes to Scotland to determine whether wartime smuggling activities played a part in this case. In an unrelated story line, Winter's colleague Anetja Djanali investigates a case of possible domestic abuse. The more she tries to contact the possible victim, the more she is stonewalled by the woman's family. VERDICT Winter and his team are usually involved in murder investigations, and so the twisty plots here are a departure from Edwardson's regular procedural format. And the fascinating character of Djanali, an African Swedish detective, is more fleshed out and developed than in previous books. Fans of Scandinavian mysteries, especially those who like Camilla Läckberg, Kjell Eriksson, and Håkan Nesser, will enjoy adding this award-winning author to their reading list. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/11.]—Jean King, West Hempstead P.L., NY
Kirkus Reviews
A pair of fresh cases for Erik Winter and Aneta Djanali, of the Gothenburg Police. Though she hasn't made any complaints herself, her neighbors have repeatedly indicated that Anette Lindsten has been attacked. Responding to the latest report, Aneta gets barely a glimpse of the alleged victim before she's turned away. In the absence of a complainant, her inquiries must begin in speculation. The likeliest person to have beaten Anette is her live-in lover, legal archivist Hans Forsblad. Before building a case against Forsblad, however, Aneta's first order of business is to get Anette out of her house. Imagine her surprise when, on a return visit, she finds Anette's father and brother packing up her things—and then her even greater surprise when she learns that Anette has no brother and that the solicitous men were a pair of thieves. Winter, meanwhile, is chasing his own will-o'-the-wisp at the urging of his old girlfriend Johanna Osvald, who's worried because her fisherman father Axel has vanished during a trip to Scotland. It soon becomes clear that Axel was investigating the disappearance of his own father, John Osvald, from a fishing trawler during the war. "Yet another generation of Osvalds takes off to look for the last one," muses Winter (The Shadow Woman, 2010, etc.). But that's the only thing that's clear about a case that will take Winter himself to Scotland in quest of sightings of either Johanna's father or her grandfather. The detection in both cases is as inexorable and tedious as water chipping away stone. Recommended for readers with a taste for cold climates and a lot of time on their hands.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451608502
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Series:
Erik Winter Series, #6
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
414,509
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.99(d)

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