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Sail of Stone (Inspector Winter #6)

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  587 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
From bestselling Scandinavian crime writerÅke Edwardson—whose books are international sensations in Europe—comes this gripping novel of suspense and character involving two missing persons, two detectives, and a mystery dating to World War II.

A brother and sister believe that their father has gone missing. They think he may have traveled in search of his father, who was pr
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2001)
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I'm a big fan of Scandinavian crime novels and had high expectations from a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers' award. Unfortunately, Sail of Stone disappointed in many ways.

While I like a minimalistic style, the writing in this book is too disjointed (perhaps a direct translation from the Swedish?). Paragraphs are mostly series of choppy, incomplete sentences. For example: "Franz dropped the pistol, then picked it up. Franz lost his balance. Then Franz was on his way out, a yard fro
P.D.R. Lindsay
Apr 18, 2013 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it really liked it

‘Sail of Stone’ is a Chief Inspector Erik Winter novel, one of a popular Swedish series recently translated into English. I enjoy reading Scandinavian novels. I like the experience of reading about such a different country from my own, and about people who are so like and yet different from me. This is a very Swedish novel, full of details and thoughts influenced by living where winter is long, dark, with little daylight, and summer days stretch on for ever. In the novel it’s autumn and winter t
Joyce Kleine
Dec 21, 2015 Joyce Kleine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
wat een bud boek
Ken Fredette
Sep 17, 2012 Ken Fredette rated it really liked it
The more you got into the story, the more rewarding it was. Both plots were interesting. I've read all Ake Edwardson's books so far and he hasn't let me down so far. Although his plots are complex there's a lot of stress put on his characters.
Dec 22, 2012 Jane rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
I found this so tedious that I paged through it for the last 100 pages just to see the outcome. I am through with Ake Edwardson as each book I read is more turgid than the last. It's Hakan Nesser from here on in for me.
Rebecca Martin
Apr 16, 2012 Rebecca Martin rated it really liked it
The Edwardson style is straightforward and spare, even terse. Sometimes that style says too little, leaving the reader with questions of interpretation or wondering what she has missed. If you can live without everything being spelled out for you, you'll get much pleasure from this rather solemn book, one in a series set in Gothenburg, Sweden. Characters such as Erik Winter and Aneta Djanali , the principal investigators here, have great depth and seriousness; they truly have personalities and a ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Chief Inspector Erik Winter of the Gothenburg police department is contacted by an ex-girlfriend whose father has disappeared. The missing man had received a note referring to the disappearance of his own father during the Second World War after his boat sank off the coast of Scotland. Winter assumes the missing man has travelled to Aberdeen to investigate his father’s disappearance, and despite his own family priorities, Winter becomes sucked into the case. Meanwhile, Detective Aneta Djnali inv ...more
Apr 28, 2016 Mel rated it it was ok
I think this book must have lost something in the translation from Swedish. I have read other Inspector Eric Winter books and admire the character and as the author suggests in the interview, it is wonderful that Eric is working on a relationship and starting to be more likeable than in earlier novels. I enjoyed the music references in the books especially to Patsy Cline and Lucinda Williams and there are some delightful descriptions of historic Scotland and the customary foods. There were
Nov 01, 2015 Birgitta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Lyssnade på kassettband och orkade med första kassettsidan av detta pretentiösa, styltiga dravel som denna bok utgörs av. Helt odrägligt larvigt. Stod ut med den märkliga inledningen om och med sten, och en levande eller inte levande figur som dricker whiskey. Men när Winter refereras till sitt efternamn i en strandscen som ska vara intim tillsammans med dotter och fru tappade jag tålamodet. En sån sak som att frun är "kvinnan i hans liv" är så klyschigt. Och inte blir det bättre av att dottern, ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
In Sail of Stone Ake Edwardson explores crime in the family to determine when an event deserves notice by the police in Gothenburg, Sweden. In one case, neighbors report that a woman has been abused; in another, a daughter reports that her father has gone missing in Scotland.

Detectives Erik Winter and Aneta Djanali are independently, and for personal reasons, separately investigating these crimes that have barely bubbled to the surface. Both inspectors give their cases an undue amount of time a
Jun 03, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Beginning in Gothenburg, Sweden, this latest in the series featuring Chief Inspector Erik Winter moves mysteriously back and forth between Sweden and Scotland. Writing in his stream of consciousness style, Edwardson takes us inside the heads of Chief Inspector Winter, who travels to Scotland on the trail of a missing person who just happens to be the father of an old girl friend. Winters wrestles with his own feelings as well as the questions involved in a case where the only living witness suff ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2012
Another First Reads win and a almost-new-to-me author; looking forward to another Scandinavian adventure. The book arrived today, the 21st and the reading begins!

This is the second Erik Winter book I have read and thanks to First Reads Giveaway I was happy to sample Ake Edwardson's series again. As with the first one, I found this book heavy with atmosphere but populated with interesting, likeable characters. Sail of Stone contains two mysteries. Both are infused with family dynamics and betraya
John Brooke
Jan 30, 2013 John Brooke rated it liked it
I have enjoyed four previous books in this series. Edwardson's main character Chief Inspector Erik Winter is less gloomy than Mankell's Kurt Wallander, younger, more urban. The ongoing support cast of police colleagues and family bring a different edge and are always interesting.

Sail of Stone spins out two cases – they stay more or less parallel from start to finish. Though unconnected, they also subtly mirror each other thematically. Erik Winter travels from an old island fishing community off
Feb 28, 2012 Roslyn rated it really liked it
Sail of Stone
By Åke Edwardson

Åke Edwardson is a storyteller, a spinner of yarns, who develops his intriguing characters meticulously. His pace is slow but worth the read because his characters and psychological themes are intriguing. In Sail of Stone, Edwardson interweaves the study of family relations with both the characters of the mysteries and with the lives of the detectives.

A brother and sister report that their father has disappeared, and they believe he may have gone to Scotland in searc
Kaj Samuelsson
Apr 04, 2014 Kaj Samuelsson rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kaj by: My Father
This was actually the first book I ever listened to on CDs. I was amazed how good it was to hear a book, and also in this case I liked the story written as 2 different stories going on at the same time, changing back and forth.
I have tried this author before and did not like his style of writing, but it was perfect for listening and though I still do not like his style of writing (when reading), the story was excellent and I give it 4 stars. I listened to it in Swedish.
I borrowed another of my Mom's FirstReads wins. The author and series were both new to me, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to discover them both. The plot centers around two Swedish police officers following two cases -- one revolving around a mysterious disappearance; the other a possible domestic violence situation. I found both stories and both police officers intriguing, and enjoyed going back and forth between the two plots. I have to give a slight edge to the case involving the female o ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2012
Inspector Winter series is fantastic, and this book is no exception.
Brilliant characters, and not just the world class inspector himself, but his teammates (especially Aneta, an afro-Swedish detective) and the people involved and being investigated. Complex plots, strong sense of places and history, and an atmosphere thick enough to need a knife to cut it.

And now I want to visit the places mentioned in Scotland, and try some of the Scotch mentioned...

There were two main stories being investigat
May 14, 2016 AV AV rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goed geschreven, boeiende sfeervolle, psychologische misdaadroman met twee verhaallijnen. Vooral veel aandacht voor het motief en het speurwerk en privéleven van de met diepgang geschetste politiemensen Winter en Djanali. Iets meer spanning had wel gemogen. Maar toch, Edwardsons Winter-misdaadromans behoren tot de topklasse in de (Zweedse) misdaadliteratuur.
Feb 27, 2014 Kay rated it it was ok
This book was so slow. The translation was uneven which accounted to the slow read. Because of other reviewers comments I checked translators for Ake Edwardsson's other books and this is someone new. There are two concurrent but unrelated stories running concurrently through the whole book and neither one redeems the time I spent reading. Very disappointing.
Oct 29, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, swedish-mystery
Not sure what the hell happened here but this plot, and I use the word loosely, was so unfocused and the language so breezy that I found myself reading paragraphs twice, three times and still saying; "What the HELL is he talking about?" I only got to around page 75 and decided to chuck it. Too bad, I liked the first five in the series.
May 09, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
This book moved too slow for my taste, with the focus more on relationships and personal stories. The characters are likeable, but it's more literary than most mysteries.

He's a good writer, but this series is kind of hit or miss for me.
Jun 14, 2013 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Not the greatest of the Northern mystery writers (he's not Indridason or Mankell) but this is a very slow philosophical mystery and Edwardson wasn't really able to really resolve both strands of the novel and left me feeling less than satisfied - neither of the resolutions really worked and while I like mysteries that don't necessarily wrap up neatly, this seemed like it had just been beyond Edwardson's control and he wanted to just get to the end and it showed. I think my problem is also that I ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Lysergius rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Edwardson is slightly different from the rest of the current crop of Scandinavian writers of crime fiction. Great atmosphere and a more philosophical view of life and catching criminals makes this a great read.
Ann Tonks
Apr 06, 2016 Ann Tonks rated it liked it
A teasing mystery that doesn't provide every dot on every "i". Instead you simply have to go on the journeys with Erik Winter and Ameta Djanali and enjoy their com pany as well as the thrill of the chase.
Gary Van Cott
Aug 07, 2015 Gary Van Cott rated it liked it
400 pages and the conclusion is as vague as the rest of the book. I don't care for the author's style of writing. The only good thing about the book is the relationships among the continuing characters.
Apr 07, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Very difficult to read at first. Sort of like reading Ulysses with a stream-of-consciousness technique. I read about half and put it down; when I started reading again it made sense. Gothenburg's Chief Inspector Erik Winter travels to Scotland to solve the mystery of a missing father and son. He hooks up with an old friend from Scotland yard and they travel to Inverness and down the coastline. Back in Gothenburg, Detective Aneta Djnali tries to solve the disappearance of a woman and is herself t ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Bernie rated it liked it
This Eric Winter story is set across Sweden and Scotland. Involving Eric Winters long time English collaborator. The origins of the lie in the past and hark back to the dark days of World War 2. An interesting take on wartime activities.

Not sure if I enjoyed this as much as the others in the series. I could see the ultimate end from quite a distance which hasn't always been the case with the Eric Winter series.

However on the bright side there are more in the series. I have written this sometime
Lukasz Pruski
Aug 18, 2012 Lukasz Pruski rated it liked it
The descriptions of the area and people of Scotland between Inverness and Aberdeen are wonderful and the best part of this book. The book intertwines two plots, one mainly happening in Scotland, the other in Gothenburg, Sweden. Both plots are interesting - one reaches deeply into the past (to the Good War), the other has an almost absurd comedy flavor, but they are not much connected. Eric Winter is a caricature of his own (interesting) self from the previous books in the series and his personal ...more
Minty McBunny
Apr 20, 2015 Minty McBunny rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, april-2015
I liked the first book in this series well enough but I found this one essentially unreadable.
Graham Botha
Nov 21, 2012 Graham Botha rated it did not like it
A mystery that is confusing, to say the least. I keep getting lost in the confusing array of characters. It does not help that he switches settings and characters repeatedly within the same chapter by simply starting a new paragraph. It takes 5 os 6 sentences for the reader to realize that you are in a different setting and set of characters. So many words so little information. The book could have been one fourth as long and still covered the basic plot. It was so lack-luster that I abandoned i ...more
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Åke Edwardson is a Swedish author of detective fiction, and a professor at Gothenburg University, the city where many of his Inspector Winter novels are set. Edwardson has had many jobs, including a journalist and press officer for the United Nations, and his crime novels have made him a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers' Award for best crime novel. His first novel to be translated in ...more
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