Sun and Shadow

Sun and Shadow

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Erik Winter is 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.As Sun and Shadowopens a couple entertains a stranger in their apartment in Göteborg, but this particular illicit rendezvous will prove to be their last.What greets Chief Inspector Winter and his team when they arrive appears as a stage setting, grotesquely symbolic in its composition. While Winter trawls ads in men’s magazines in search of the missing party guest, 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. 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, possibly closer to home, Winter is in a race against time before someone he loves gets hurt.Like his fellow countryman Henning Mankell, Ake Edwardson is a brilliant discovery for lovers of intricate, psychologically charged and stylish crime novels, and Sun and Shadowpromises to be the season’s most exciting crime debut.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005
ISBN: 9780670034154
0670034150
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY EDWARDSON
Characteristics: 392 p. : ill., 1 map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-

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First in the Inspector Erik Winter series. Erik Winter is the youngest chief inspector in Sweden.


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maipenrai
Oct 04, 2013

** 1/2 STARS This is book number 1 in the Erik Winter series. For more than a week a newspaper boy has watched his deliveries piling up behind a front door. When Chief Inspector Erik Winter and his team enter they find a murdered couple arranged in a disturbing tableau, death metal music playing, and a message written on the wall. The case eventually leads to a possible sexual "couple swapping" scenario. Chief Inspector Erik Winter has other concerns on his mind: the murder has taken place very close to home and his pregnant girlfriend is nervous because of mysterious silent phone calls. When the investigation unearths a possible link between the murders and the police force, even friendly faces are not to be trusted. When the killer strikes again, Winter is in a race against time to protect both the city and his family. I had hoped that reading the first book in the series would help me like the books more. I do enjoy Mr. Edwardson's character development, but have mixed feelings about the mysteries. Mild recommendation

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meyoubou
Aug 28, 2013

A very good read.

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emerge
Nov 16, 2012

I had read the previous book by this author & thought it a good murder mystery. This one was less so. I don't know whether it's the translation process or differences in native speech but I found the dialogue stilted & difficult to follow. Often, you're not sure who is actually speaking. Much is left out of discussion, leaving it to the reader to try to fill in the blanks & the ending is unsatisfying. When the killer is finally revealed, we learn nothing about his motivation or what lead to his spree. It felt like there must have been clues along the way that I should have picked up on but either missed or couldn't understand.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is book #3 in the Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter series set in Göteborg, Sweden; it has a disjointed plot with an inexplicable ending and all the subplots left hanging, some of which are specific to this book and should not be part of the larger series (whether they will be or not); and we’re told things that the detectives don’t know, which is inexcusable in a police procedural.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is book #3 in the Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter series set in Göteborg, Sweden; it has a disjointed plot with an inexplicable ending and all the subplots left hanging, some of which are specific to this book and should not be part of the larger series (whether they will be or not); and we’re told things that the detectives don’t know, which is inexcusable in a police procedural.

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