Sun and Shadow (Erik Winter Series #3)

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Like his fellow countryman Henning Mankell, Åke Edwardson is a successful figure on the international mystery scene and a brilliant discovery for lovers of intricate, psychologically charged, and stylish crime novels. With Sun and Shadow, Edwardson introduces readers to detective Erik Winter, the youngest chief inspector in Sweden, who wears sharp suits, cooks gourmet meals, has a penchant for jazz, and is about to become a father. He's also moody and intuitive, his mind inhabiting the crimes he's trying to ...

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Overview

Like his fellow countryman Henning Mankell, Åke Edwardson is a successful figure on the international mystery scene and a brilliant discovery for lovers of intricate, psychologically charged, and stylish crime novels. With Sun and Shadow, Edwardson introduces readers to detective Erik Winter, the youngest chief inspector in Sweden, who wears sharp suits, cooks gourmet meals, has a penchant for jazz, and is about to become a father. He's also moody and intuitive, his mind inhabiting the crimes he's trying to solve. In this atmospheric, heart-stopping tale, Winter's troubles abound—and a bloody double murder on his doorstep is just the beginning.

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"An intriguing look at life in a distant part of the world." —Chicago Tribune

"On a par with P. D. James." —Helsingborgs Dagblad "A rich, psychologically satisfying tale…. Readers looking for a gritty, well-paced, thoughtful thriller will appreciate Edwardson's masterful novel." —I Love a Mystery

Publishers Weekly
Cars from Sweden are known for being dependable and safe, but like this American debut from a celebrated Scandinavian crime writer, their stolid lines don't necessarily spark excitement. Erik Winter, a jazz-loving, gourmet-cooking detective, is a blaze of color amid the drab postwar apartment blocks of Gothenburg, a city reeling from a macabre double murder. Winter, whose normally secure battlements are assaulted by family tragedy and the impending birth of his first child, sets out to follow the dark drops of gore blooming in the snow. The path leads in any number of interesting directions-through thickets of death metal enthusiasts and swingers, through winds of psychosexual trauma-but these subjects never pierce the book's colorless atmosphere. Excessive exposition slows down an already unhurried plot, which Americans fond of glib investigators on CSI and Hannibal Lecter's piercing irony will find insufficiently suspenseful. The villain is comparatively bland, and the translation often awkward: Winters takes a "softly softly approach" so that his witness doesn't get "chary." Add in an insistence on mundane details, such as the particulars of a simple bank transaction, and the results smother any flame of personality. All the blocks that built this gothic ice cathedral are cut straight, but assembled without the design of a compelling thriller. Agent, Carol Frederick. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Mystery fans on this side of the Atlantic can be grateful that the travails of Erik Winter, the youngest chief inspector in Sweden, are now available in English. In six months, Winter deals with the move-in of his longtime lover, Angela, now pregnant; his father's death; and his 40th birthday. Then there's the grisly homicide of a married couple, with the naked corpses carefully posed, accompanied by black metal music. A second such crime that leaves the wife still clinging to life proves connections through personal ads for sex and raises the possibility of a cop perpetrator. The case swirls closer to Winter personally as Angela gets mysterious phone calls and feels that she's being watched. This dark police procedural is a topnotch work, suspenseful to the very end, with appealing characters. Award-winning Scandinavian writer Edwardson is often compared to Henning Mankell; his Winter and Angela should prove to be favorites. Highly recommended for all mystery collections.-Michele Leber, Arlington, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143037187
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Series: Erik Winter Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 297,016
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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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  • Posted September 19, 2010

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    On the Slow Side

    3rd book in the Erik Winter series and 1st translated into English

    This detective fiction brings us to Gothenburg Sweden at the turn of the millennium. Erik Winter, a soon to be father, is highly talented and the youngest chief inspector in the country.

    In its first chapter, a gruesome double homicide has police investigating the shadier side of Sweden. The underground world, black metal music and unconventional sex quickly surfaces in their investigation. The murderer has left a riddle of clues at the crime scene and Erik realises the importance his leadership can play in finding this killer. All this is soon confirmed when another murder occurs and new clues appear to link the killer to the force. This adds more pressure in the race to close the case before the killer strikes again.

    This proves to be an extremely stressful and challenging time in Erik Winter`s life. On his personal side he has been jetting back and forth to the Costa de Sol Spain to be at his father's death bed.

    The author describes in depth the psyche and motivation of his many characters. They are an engaging and entertaining bunch but over characterization tends to distract from the main plot. The story flows at a steady but leisurely pace, just the right amount of suspense to keep the reader's attention. It is quite captivating, although I found the ending a little abrupt and quite predictable.

    All that said and done I am looking forward to reading its sequel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

    Another great one!

    Another great Erik Winter case. I really like these mysteries, and the quality of them does not vary as much as other series. To me, every one of them knocks it out of the park. We start off with another tantalizing and vague episode, which usually ends up being from the viewpoint of the criminal or the victim. But, in this novel, more than most, these episodes jump around, and then start to include characters we know! Are these people presented significant to the building of characters and their lives, or the building of clues and suspense?

    I normally just enjoy the narrative, if I can, but the tension was built so masterfully, that I kept turning back pages, or making little notes, and giggling with delight. I started to mistrust everyone, like I was on that same police force. So little was offered, not in a detrimental way, like the carrot before the mule, that you wanted to read it all in one sitting. I started to wonder if the culprit was indeed someone I knew in the books, or was it all a ruse?! And, despite my gushing, I still didn’t realize the magnitude in which I was caught up in it all, until my suspicions of a person were revealed to only be a medical issue. When experiencing lesser mysteries, you would exclaim, “Gotcha” or “That threw me for a loop!” In the hands of this author, it was more like, “I’m glad he’s OK!” You really care.

    There is also more personal development of Erik, but this does not take away from the mystery. It’s a great example of how one’s personal life can help or hinder one’s assessments of facts. Also evident is how the great cop qualities of paranoia, doubt and deception, can be detriments in one’s personal life.

    This was also another great translation, especially well-suited to Edwardson’s spare style. There was a UK spelling or grammatical device, her or there, but nothing jarring. The language, and not just the events, built the suspense wonderfully. Three more mysteries to go, and I will sadly have to wait for his next one. So excited.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    So many books, so little time...

    Although Sun and Shadow is not Åke Edwardson's first book featuring Erik Winter, the youngest chief inspector of Sweden's police force, it is the first book published in English. Go figure. My criticisms of the book have much to do with the fact that the main character particularly was not fleshed out enough for me to care much about him. Undoubtedly this has something to do with the order of publication. I picked up P.D. James after some time away and found I could make a similar complaint about her characterizations of the famous detective, Adam Dalgliesh. But it could be that the publishers thought the third book the most accessible, and enticing. I still think Edwardson has to be read, but he may not be the first I read to completion.

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