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The Shadow Woman (Erik Winter Series #2)
     

The Shadow Woman (Erik Winter Series #2)

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by Åke Edwardson, Per Carlsson (Translator)
 

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The second installment of the internationally best selling Erik Winter series

It's August and the annual Gothenburg Party is in full swing. But this year the bacchanalian blowout is simmering with ethnic discord spurred by nativist gangs. When a woman is found murdered in the park-her identity as inscrutable as the blood-red symbol on the tree above her

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The second installment of the internationally best selling Erik Winter series

It's August and the annual Gothenburg Party is in full swing. But this year the bacchanalian blowout is simmering with ethnic discord spurred by nativist gangs. When a woman is found murdered in the park-her identity as inscrutable as the blood-red symbol on the tree above her body-Winter's search for her missing child leads him from sleek McMansions to the Gothenburg fringes, where "northern suburbs" is code for "outsider" and the past is inescapable-even for Sweden's youngest chief inspector. Psychologically gripping and socially astute, The Shadow Woman puts this master of Swedish noir on track to build an American audience on par with his international fame.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Near the start of Edwardson's solid fifth novel featuring Insp. Erik Winter to be made available in the U.S. (after 2009's Death Angels), a fellow homicide detective of foreign background, Aneta Djanali, gets her jaw smashed when she intervenes in an assault during an annual summer party held outdoors in Gothenburg. Winter cuts short his vacation to investigate. Soon after, a woman turns up dead at the edge of a forest, possibly strangled, with no identifying papers on her body. The chase leads Winter from the unusually hot streets of Gothenburg to seaside towns in Denmark, from the biker wars heating up in Scandinavia to those that raged decades earlier when the Hell's Angels and Bandidos first arrived in northern Europe. This thoroughly satisfying police procedural offers forays into the murky waters of immigration and assimilation as well as the obsessive mind of the sleuth. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Gripping...An expert melding of sociological observation and psychological acuity."
-Kirkus

"An extremely accomplished cross between crime fiction and psychological thriller...on par with P. D. James."
-Helsingsborgs Dagblad (Sweden)

"Masterful...While +ke Edwardson possesses an undertone of humor, his work is full of darkness...With The Shadow Woman [he] establishes himself among the most exciting crime thriller writers in the country."
-Motala & Vadstena Tidning (Sweden)

"Erik Winter could be related to Elizabeth George's Sir Thomas Lynley, and the almost clinical descriptions might evoke pathologist Kay Scarpetta in Patricia Cornwell's books, while the social ambience could well be inspired by both P. D. James and Minette Walters."
-SmslSnningen (Sweden)

"A dramatic crime chase in Gothenburg, intelligently and excitingly told."
-Der Spiegel (Germany)

"[Here is] the opportunity to discover a Swede well removed from the 'Swedish model' and enter into the world of +ke Edwardson. Try this voyage, and you will return to it."
-Marianne (France)

Library Journal
In the fifth Chief Inspector Winter book to be translated into English—and the second book in the series (after Death Angels)—the Swedish policeman must study a past crime in order to solve a current murder. When a young woman is found murdered during the wild festivities of Gothenburg Party, a weeklong festival held every August, Winter has no clues to her identity. He does know that she had given birth and catches a break when one of the woman's neighbors reports her disappearance to the police. In order to solve her murder and find her missing child, Winter must delve into the woman's past and try to unravel a decades-old crime that will ultimately lead him to Denmark. At the same time, Winter is also dealing with family problems and relationship issues. The three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writer's Award for best crime novel continues to provide his readers with strong characters and intriguing plots. He also reveals more insights into Inspector Winter's character, making him more human and more sympathetic to readers. VERDICT Sure to appeal to Stieg Larsson fans eager for more noir Scandinavian crime fiction.—Jean King, West Hempstead P.L., NY
Kirkus Reviews

Inspector Erik Winter (Death Angels, 2009. etc.) tackles the murder of a woman who was scarcely more substantial in life than death.

As fans of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell know, Sweden is crawling with violent criminals. The summer of 1997, as "we're headed toward the end of the century, and the end of the world as we know it," is marked in Gothenburg by a feud between rival drug gangs and a bus hijacking that explodes in a hail of gunfire. But the biggest case for Winter and his homicide squad is the quietest. The body of a woman has been discovered at the edge of Delsjö Lake. There's no indication of who she is, where she came from or what she was doing before someone strangled her. The only clue is the indication that she was once pregnant. As Winter and his colleagues begin their patient, months-long investigation, readers already know more. They know that the woman was killed in the commission of a crime; they know that she was survived by her young daughter, who's been carried off; and they know that one of her neighbors has finally noticed her absence and begun to make a fuss. Even after he succeeds in putting a name to the body, Winter, wrestling with the demands of his longtime lover Angela for greater commitment, feels that his work is just beginning. If only he knew.

An expert melding of sociological observation and psychological acuity. The criminals, introduced late in the story, are especially gripping.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143117940
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Erik Winter Series , #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
492,307
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Gripping...An expert melding of sociological observation and psychological acuity."
-Kirkus

"An extremely accomplished cross between crime fiction and psychological thriller...on par with P. D. James."
-Helsingsborgs Dagblad (Sweden)

"Masterful...While +ke Edwardson possesses an undertone of humor, his work is full of darkness...With The Shadow Woman [he] establishes himself among the most exciting crime thriller writers in the country."
-Motala & Vadstena Tidning (Sweden)

"Erik Winter could be related to Elizabeth George's Sir Thomas Lynley, and the almost clinical descriptions might evoke pathologist Kay Scarpetta in Patricia Cornwell's books, while the social ambience could well be inspired by both P. D. James and Minette Walters."
-SmslSnningen (Sweden)

"A dramatic crime chase in Gothenburg, intelligently and excitingly told."
-Der Spiegel (Germany)

"[Here is] the opportunity to discover a Swede well removed from the 'Swedish model' and enter into the world of +ke Edwardson. Try this voyage, and you will return to it."
-Marianne (France)

Meet the Author

Åke Edwardson is one of Scandinavia’s most successful crime writers. He has won numerous awards, including the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award three times.

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The Shadow Woman (Erik Winter Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Camboron More than 1 year ago
Great opening, just like Death Angels, where we experience from the viewpoint of the character and not an omniscient narrator. It creates the groundwork for the mystery, and adds to the confusion and suspense. And, even in that establishing scene, things are not what they seem, and, with identity swapping, timeline-jumping, I was kept wondering until the end. It’s great that the mystery was built up in the writing structure itself. Winter is a changed man, after the last case. And has trouble getting re-adjusted, but he's reconnecting with family, and on the verge of an important personal decision. Edwardson is able to make these personal details follow and inform the emotional and plot arcs, instead of detracting from them. For those who don't like much in the way of the personal lives of the detective, you won't feel bogged down at all. Also repeating from the first book (I read them in the order they were written, not published in English) is a sense of wistfulness, tragedy, and sadness that reflects the compartmentalization and struggles when cops are faced daily with the dark side of it all. Recommended as much as the first, DEATH ANGELS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago