“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 Åke Edwardson. Try this voyage, and you will return to it.” – Marianne (France)
“An extremely accomplished cross between crime fiction and psychological thriller… on par with P. D. James.” – Helsingborgs Dagblad (Sweden)
“Masterful… While Åke 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.” – Smålänningen (Sweden)
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.
“Sail of Stone is riveting-as hard and bleak as the Swedish coast in winter.” – Jeff Lindsay, creator of the Dexter series
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, A fro-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.
“A tough, smart police procedural… Edwardson is a masterful stor yteller… This is crime writing at its most exciting, with great atmosphere and superb characters.” – The Globe Mail (Toronto) on Never End
“Sure to appeal to Stieg Larsson fans eager for more noir Scandinavian crime fiction.” – Library Journal on The Shadow Woman
A couple entertain a stranger in their Gothenburg flat, but his choice of death metal music isn't quite what they had in mind… this particular illicit rendezvous will be prove to be their last. For more than a week a newspaper boy has watched his deliveries piling up behind a front door. The loud music playing inside the flat seems an odd choice for 5 a.m. and the boy becomes increasingly afraid. What greets Chief Inspector Erik Winter and his team when they arrive appears as a stage setting, grotesquely symbolic in its composition. While Inspector Winter trawls the classifieds in men's magazines in search of the missing third person from this sinister party, a trail from the clues left by the killer leads into the cult world of the gothic. A riddle of nightmares, of good versus evil, of sun and shadow. Chief Inspector Erik Winter puts his sharp intellect to work on the case. But he has other things on his mind: the murder has taken place very close to home, and his pregnant girlfriend is nervous. Now every shadow in the corridor adopts a sinister shape. Every silent phone call holds a particular menace. When the investigation unearths a possible link between the murders and the police force, even friendly faces are not to be trusted and, when the killer strikes again, Winter is in a race against time to protect both the city and his family from this threatening evil.
Where SUN AND SHADOW took place in the cold of winter, NEVER END takes the seasonally diametrically opposite milieu of a summer heatwave, making the book perfect beach holiday reading. The inappropriately named Chief Inspector Erik Winter is called in to investigate an attack on a teenage girl returning home after enjoying the weather at the local beauty spot. The girl seems reluctant to reveal much about her ordeal, only reporting it to the police after destroying vital evidence.
After a second, more serious attack, Winter realises the crimes are similar to an unsolved case from years ago in which a girl was killed, which has always haunted him. He has kept in touch with the parents of the girl over the years, so he enlists their support in the new cases. He remains frustrated, however, at the lack of progress and the strange reluctance of the victims, their families and friends from assisting to find the perpetrator(s).
The book also covers domestic events in the lives of the investigating police. Winter and his girlfriend Anna have had their baby, Elsa. The relationship of this trio provides part of the background to events, as Winter's devotion to his job gradually erodes the rather fragile trust between him and Anna (who has not quite forgiven him for his behaviour in the previous book) and leads him to question his commitment to his young family. This commitment is pretty serious, because Winter is about to take a year's parental leave (this being Sweden) to look after Elsa. How he will adjust to this radical change of pace will be an interesting topic for a future book.
Winter's colleague Fredrick Halders suffers a personal tragedy when his ex-wife is killed in a freak road accident. The accounts of Halders' attempts to cope with this disaster and connect with his young children are one of the best parts of this book, ably translated by the ever-dependable Laurie Thompson.
The middle part of the narrative drags somewhat, as the investigators are stuck for leads and resort to re-interviewing everyone and rehashing the events surrounding the crimes many times. Eventually, by sheer persistence, some clues are uncovered (one challenge is to identify an indoor brick wall that features in a photograph of one of the girls) and eventually Winter gets his criminal – after a rather cliched "policeman in peril" climax featuring the bereaved Halders.
Despite its longeurs and lack of real tension, I enjoyed this book and very much look forward to the next outing for Winter – will it be autumn or spring next time? – but I do hope the next episode will be slightly more tautly written.
The debut thriller in the internationally acclaimed series – available for the first time in the United States
A long-time number one bestseller in his native Sweden, Åke Edwardson's profile was conspicuously raised when his novel Frozen Tracks was chosen as a finalist for a 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Until now, however, the novel that launched Edwardson's critically acclaimed Erik Winter series has never been available in the United States. With a new series translator who fully captures Edwardson's signature atmospheric style, Death Angels is America's introduction to Sweden's youngest Chief Inspector as he teams up with Scotland Yard to solve the mysterious parallel killings of young British and Swedish tourists. Richly evocative of mid-nineties South London and Gothenburg, Sweden, Death Angels is a brilliant opening to a mesmerizing series that has become a phenomenon in international crime fiction.
“A crime novel with snappy dialogue, depth and-most important of all-suspense from beginning to end.” – Morala Vadstena Tidning (Sweden)
“Edwardson will not be hampered by the constraints of the crime genre… with his sharp dialogue… and a backdrop of darkness that recalls the early works of James Ellroy, one must proclaim Åke Edwardson a master of the Scandinavian detective novel.” – Le Monde des Livres (France)
“A read which even on a really warm July day sends cold shivers down my spine… Edwardson’s language is vivid and full of nuance.” – Hufvudstadsbladet (Finland)
“A fast, sleek, hard ballad.” – Die Welt (Germany)
“Clever, exciting, atmospheric!” – Der Spiegel (Germany)
From the land of the midnight sun, a compelling and dark thriller by a master of crime fiction
The autumn gloom comes quickly on the Swedish city of Gothenburg, and for Detective Inspector Erik Winter the days seem even shorter, the nights bleaker, when he is faced with two seemingly unrelated sets of perplexing crimes. The investigation of a series of assaults and a string of child abductions take Winter to "the flats," the barren prairies of rural Sweden whose wastelands conceal crimes as sinister as the land itself. Winter must deduce the labyrinthine connections between the cases before it is too late and his own family comes into danger. Stylish, haunting, and psychologically astute, Frozen Tracks features characters who would be at home in any American procedural, but with a sensibility that is distinctly European. Frozen Tracks will appeal to fans of Henning Mankell and George Pelecanos, and to anyone who relishes superbly crafted crime novels.