Eh? Eh? Eh? Almost all the characters say it, page after page after page. It got to be quite annoying. Aside from that, I enjoyed the book. While not as polished a writer as Arnaldur Indridason or Henning Mankell, I see lots of potential and have put his next book on my wish list.
Kelly N. -
Sun and Shadow (Erik Winter, Bk 1)
First book I've read by Ãke Edwardson and I loved it! His writing style is different from a lot of Swedish author's I've read, which made the book even more interesting. The characters and storyline were well developed and the translation was excellent.
Fabulous Swedish mystery...dark and atmospheric. Like Henning Mankell's work. Highly recommended!
Has you guessing "who done it" - entertaining.
Good read and looking forward to 2nd in the series.
From 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.
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Eric Winter, at 40, is Sweden's youngest chief inspector, but his brow is already starting to furrow in the manner of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander. In this American debut of what promises to be a superior procedural series, a plethora of seemingly insoluble problems contribute to Winter's sense of growing discontent: his father is dying in Spain; his pregnant girlfriend is moving into his apartment; and a bloody double murder suggests a serial killer. As in the Wallander series, the focus here lands not only on the hero but also on his entire team, as Edwardson details the slow grind of the investigative process. The action, beginning in fall 1999 and extending into spring 2000, effectively uses the Y2K panic to heighten the sense of troubled waters approaching that grips Winter and those around him. The comparison to Mankell is obvious, but in many ways, this series harkens further back, to Sjowall and Wahloo's early Martin Beck novels, in which another youngish Swedish inspector was beginning to realize that sometimes a crime's solution solves nothing. Bill Ott
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Sun and Shadow (Erik Winter, Bk 1)
A five-star mystery.