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Frozen Tracks (Inspector Winter #5)

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It's autumn in Gothenburg and an anxious mother calls the police: her little boy was lured into a car by a man offering sweets. The child is returned unharmed but then the same thing happens with a little girl, and then another. Each child attends a different nursery, and each parent contacts a different police station, so, at first, no connection is established and the re ...more
Paperback, 538 pages
Published June 5th 2008 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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Kirsten
Nov 30, 2015 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: candy
There's maybe something wrong about enjoying dark frozen murder stories in the middle of Wisconsin winter, but whatever.
Toni Osborne
Feb 15, 2012 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book3, in the Erik Winter series

This author is slowly growing on me or is it that I am now becoming more accustomed to his style, a style that is haunting and psychologically shrewd. “Frozen Tracks” is a superbly crafted crime novel, a compelling and dark thriller, definitely the best I have read from this author so far.

A glimpse into the story:

DCI Erik Winter and his team are baffled by a rash of beatings in Gothenburg that have nearly killed several young men, a distinctive mark left by the
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harryknuckles
May 16, 2011 harryknuckles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A number of students have been attacked in Gothenburg. Inspector Winter and his team are puzzled, not only by the strange mark the weapon leaves, but also the sometimes evasive nature of the students themselves. Are they trying to hide something?

Meanwhile, young children are being abducted from playgrounds across the city. A man offering sweets is tempting them into his car, only to return them before anyone notices. The parents pick up on it from their child's stories, and report it. However,
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Kevin
Sep 06, 2012 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story held me just captivated enough to keep reading, even though something about Edwardson's writing style really annoyed me. There were things I liked about this book: the personal lives of the detectives; the role of the cold, gray climate; the whole Christmas factor...made it a cozy read. I held out for what I thought was sure to be a great suspenseful ending, and the payoff wasn't entirely satisfactory. The last 30 or so pages of this book are so ambiguous and convoluted that I had to ...more
Helen
Feb 15, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it
Set in Gothenburg in winter. Some of this series is not translated into English, and of those that are not all are readily available, so this one is somewhere in the middle of the sequence and I haven't read any others. Contains some nice dry humour (as well as some strange examples of repetition - whole sentences are repeated). There are two ongoing cases which turn out to be connected (although the perpetrator is not, as I began to think, the same person!) While the detective's plans for Chris ...more
Monty
Oct 15, 2015 Monty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
My first exposure to this writer, who appears to have a stronger bias towards character development than plot. The inner thought processes of the characters are intimate and detailed; so much so that I felt a strong sense of disquiet with the contrasting viewpoints of young children and the developing "predator" who stalks them.
In general, the plot is an investigative procedural affair with Inspector Winter et al operating in the midst of two apparently unrelated cases.
I wasn't able to finish re
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Linda  Branham Greenwell
Read it in one day. Chief Inspector Erik Winter and his team are trying to solve a recent series of crimes where several male college students have been bludgeoned from behind. Who could be behind such a crime ? and why?
At the same time there is also a series of other crimes occurring on young preschool children. The children tell their parents that a man gave them candy and talked to them in his car while they were at preschool. But the kids are back in class - and no one even noticed that the
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Ann Tonks
Apr 06, 2016 Ann Tonks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is always an element of suspended disbelief in reading detective fiction. How can all those stories end up connected? But Ake Edwardson (or his translator) writes with a delicacy of tone and breadth of character than keeps one enthralled to the last minute.

And although it's a story of violence and torment, the writing isn't gratuitious. He connects us all to the "what might of been" and how our stories are not that far removed from the vioment and the tragic.

A good read.
Bernie
Apr 21, 2015 Bernie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt like the longest of the series so far. I don’t mean that as negative. The story has many angles which are cleverly resolved as the book goes along. The story is set against the backdrop of the Christmas season. The sting is the now familiar city of Gothenburg. This time around the author Åke Edwardson has explored the ongoing characters more. As with any workplace where people are working together there are entwined relationships which bring their own tensions.

I am not sure how the tit
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Lucy
May 08, 2010 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, scandanavia
This book was a typical crime thriller which forms part of the Inspector Winter series. I have never read any Inspecter Winter books before but I will certainly look out for them. He is a likeable chap (unlike his fellow cantakerous literary detectives comme Morse and Wallender) and he seems to be affected quite deeply by the circumstances of the case (which is often poorly done in crime writing).

I thought it was an interesting and slightly different story and I had no idea what the twist/who t
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David
Dec 01, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part of a series of books about a Swedish police detective. It was a real page turner and the lives of the officers on the two cases they are following are really filled out. The attacks and abductions take place during Advent and leading up to Christmas Day. You see the impact on the victims of these crimes, their families but also the police officers involved. From reading many Swedish novels it make is seem like a really dangerous place with lots of weird crimes. It must be the very l ...more
Laura
Dec 27, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I go back and forth on this series. I want to like it better than I actually do, though 'Never End' was pretty good. I had a really hard time getting into this - the two mysteries just weren't that appealing to me. I was reading through them quickly to get to the personal details on the staff. While you can't skip the book if you're into the series, it's not one of the stronger installments.
Vilo
Nov 14, 2014 Vilo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A character-driven intense mystery set in Gothenburg, Sweden. The juxtaposition of Christmas preparations and disturbing events is riveting. Everyday details from another country are fascinating. What effect does a 6-month paternity leave have on a father and child? I will definitely be looking for other books in the series.
Chris
Jul 16, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am trying out different Scandinavian detective story authors. This story was "3-stars good." I liked Erik Winter and the other detectives on his team involved in the cases. There were 2 cases happening at the same time which ended up being related. That means there were many characters (with Swedish names) being introduced. There is a lot of dialogue in this book; so with all those people being interviewed, it did make for pages and pages of dialogue. But some of it I really enjoyed because of ...more
Kristin
Dec 03, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

a review, as requested by ted...
this novel was a good read, has some engaging dry humor, moves right along at a good pace, has nice human elements to the story, has good characters. on the downside, edwardson often takes us into the mind (and point of view) of the criminal, who is something of a cliche - and i'm not sure having this point of view added to the story. as a whole, it's not the most original story, but the interesting characters give it enough newness to keep the story alive. it get
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Gary Van Cott
I keep reading this series but it is not one of my favorites. I don't find most of the continuing characters very engaging. The author has a jerky start and stop style while I would prefer something smoother. Also the details of the plot aren't especially clear.
Melkee
Apr 01, 2015 Melkee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, really liked this book. Though it is not the first in the Inspector Winter series, it was the first I've ever read. I was instantly hooked by the nuanced characters and the particular style of the author. I highly recommend it for those who like Nordic Noir :)
Amy
Jun 09, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another compelling entry in the series. However, my perrenial complaint stands that the plot in his books need to be tightened up. By the time I get to the end, I am skimming to just finish. I seem to always enjoy the first 2/3 of his mysteries and then I just want to be done.
Tracy
Apr 12, 2016 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, translated
This was my first exposure to this author. I enjoyed his deep development of the characters...something that it often lacking in police detective mysteries. I love how the gray, dreary weather and landscape was used as a supporting character in the novel. The plot moved along just enough for me to keep interested. I will likely read more by Edwardson.
Gina
One of the Inspector Winter mysteries set in Gothenburg, Sweden. This series provides intriguing mysteries and interesting characters. There is the jazz loving Erik Winter, the older family man Bertil Ringmar, the hard-nosed Fredrik Halders, and the black Swedish detective Aneta Djanali. Two sets of crimes need to be solved. First, there are several young students who have been assaulted and almost killed. Second, there are several children who have been snatched by a stranger for short periods ...more
Wiebke Kuhn
Jun 05, 2016 Wiebke Kuhn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A better one in the series, this book is going into detail what challenges police encounter when dealing with crimes against young children, both in terms of the emotional toll and in terms of interview practices.
Linny
Nov 27, 2009 Linny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Edwardson excels here, much better than Death Angels in its pace, suspense, character development, humanity towards his protagonist, much abused in childhood. He has eliminated the excessive chatter that was in Death Angels, but left enough to convey the humor and personal lives of the several detectives. Brings together the 2 seemingly unconnected crimes against small kidnappings of the children and the brutal attacks on young men. Very compelling writing. Too bad more of his novels aren't tran ...more
Lysergius
Nov 05, 2014 Lysergius rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Keeps the suspense up to the last line!
Kim 'BookAddict'
Not my cup of tea, but I really liked the narrating of the audiobook. :)
Jan Stone
Kinda slow and confusing.
Jess (jessica)
Awesome crime fiction!
Blair Kauffman
Recommended by a librarian colleague prior to visiting Gottenburg, Sweden, so I read it while traveling that part of the world. It's not as good as the current fad trilogy "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series but is a good introduction to an off beat Swedish world with recognizable places for anyone visiting Gottenburg. No regrets taking time to read it, but it's not great literature.
Kay
Mar 07, 2013 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow, slow, slow fast with obscure stories of the detectives thrown in. Really the book is well written but I am not a fan of books that take you along for a long time and then end all at once with a fast and confusing conclusion. I did find glimpses of Winter's life interesting and think he is an excellent example of how many hours police put in on the job to the detriment of their relationship with their own families. Also interesting were the references to how the Christmas holiday season is ...more
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Rosemary
Always looking for interesting new detective writers and here's another good Swedish author with an interesting detective, Eric Winter and his family and fellow detectives. Author was a journalist and lecturer at Gotheberg Univ. where the novel is set. He has won Swedish crime awards. Different from Wallander. In this one you get to know the childlike/adult perpetrator from the beginning and have some sympathy for him and what made him the way he is. I liked the characterisation of the other det ...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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Inspector Winter (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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