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Sun and Shadow (Inspector Winter #3)

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From the three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers' Award.

A couple are found murdered in their flat in Gothenburg, their bodies symbolically arranged in a mysterious and grotesque fashion. As Winter follows the trail of clues into the cult world of the gothic, he becomes enmeshed in a riddle of nightmares, where he must untangle good from evil and sun from shadow.
Published June 1st 2006 by Vintage (first published 1999)
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This is apparently the third book in Ake Edwardson's Erik Winter series, but it was the first one to be translated into English from the original Swedish and so was the first one I was able to read. This put me a bit at sea as a reader because there were frequent references throughout the book to events that had happened earlier and that were, I suppose, covered in the other books. I had to guess at their significance.

Another problem that I had with the book was its formatting in Kindle. Edwards
Teri Zipf
Aug 17, 2012 Teri Zipf rated it it was ok
No, I didn't read this in Swedish, they had it on Amazon, maybe for free, and I read it there because, apparently, I wasn't already bored enough with Swedish mystery novels. I have to wonder at myself. I hated every Dragon Tattoo book and read them all. Not really read. Listened to on Audible. Sometimes its best to not listen to really good things on Audible so you don't mind interruptions and you don't care that really only heard half of it.

I never read an Erik Winter novel before, but Erik Win
Nancy Oakes
Sun and Shadow rolls out month by month, and begins in the months just prior to the new millenium. Set in Goteborg, Sweden, the action begins to heat up with the discovery of a truly grizzly double murder that leads Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter and his team into a very dark place. The only clue left behind is a tape of some bizarre kind of metal music, and Winter knows that he and his team are going to be lucky to solve this gruesome crime. That's the basic story, but there's a lot more ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-nordic
So I got to page 197 and realized that I didn't care about Winter, Angela, the other cop's marriage, whether Winter did anything with the girl in Spain, or anything.
Although Edwardson has been on my list of Scandinavian crime authors to read for some time, I had previously put off reading any of his novels because they had been described as rather stringent procedurals, and as a rule, I am not a huge fan of this genre. I understand that meticulous investigations--with their red herrings and dead-end leads and countless interviews with doddering old women who may have seen something relevant to a crime but really just want to serve the dashing inspector bisc ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of exotic noir
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2012
After too many mediocre Scandinavian crime stories, this was just what I needed. A proper noir. Classic in the Sjöwall & Wahlöö elements and atmosphere, yet much more modern.
Meet Erik Winter, 39, in a crisis because of his life changing - his girlfriend just moved in, and he'll soon be a dad. While he and his fiancee should be spending their time getting ready for Winter Jr's arrival, Winter gets involved in the investigation of a brutal murder of a couple a few steps from his home. The beg
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Although Sun and Shadow is not Åke Edwardson's first book featuring Erik Winter, the youngest chief inspector of Sweden's police force, it is the first book published in English. Go figure. My criticisms of the book have much to do with the fact that the main character particularly was not fleshed out enough for me to care much about him. Undoubtedly this has something to do with the order of publication. I picked up P.D. James after some time away and found I could make a similar complaint abou ...more
Sep 10, 2014 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I didn't begin reading Ake Edwardson' series from the beginning. It might be that the author needed some time to really reach his stride, and so he does with this Erik Winter series issue. Much better than the second of the series and a good suspenseful yarn despite giving us a few extra clues that pointed to the villain sooner than I expected.
In all, an enjoyable book.
Oct 30, 2016 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Summary: DCI Erik Winter, newly bereaved of his father, is confronted with a gruesome double-homicide of two sexual "swingers", the possibility of involvement within his own ranks, and a pattern of clues that suggests that his partner, pregnant with their first child, may be at risk.

I am a fan of Penguin mysteries. I will often buy one even if I'm not familiar with the author, because I've found them to be consistently well-written and well-crafted as mysteries. I came across this one in a secon
Dec 23, 2016 Colleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Death metal music and a brutal double murder define this novel. The reader is given hints about dysfunctional perps who could have committed it, but the psychological profiling is pretty vague. Nice cold atmosphere. Cold personal relationships. Not quite as masterful as some other books.
Stephen Lawton
A stronger sense of narrative and some fun red herrings made for an interesting read, despite some vague/unclear sections at times.
Tracy Ditirro
Oct 22, 2016 Tracy Ditirro rated it liked it
could have been better... too much nonsense plot which lead to confusion.
Jun 26, 2014 WordsBeyondBorders rated it it was ok
A policeman with relationship problems? No. Does he have a drinking problem? No. Any existential crisis? Not really, unless you consider the adjustment period when two people decide to get together to be a existential or relationship crisis. Ake Edwardson's ErikWinter does not check many of the standard tropes of the main protagonist of a police procedural and that itself is a refreshing change and gives him a head start over his other contemporaries who are busy solving crimes. Oh yes, there ar ...more
May 31, 2016 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first venture into Sweden's celebrated mystery scene. Sun and Shadow is set in September 1999 through January 2000. Anyone old enough will remember the excitement for the approaching millennium tinged with fear of a Y2K disaster. Although the latter is never mentioned, a sense of disquiet underlies the city of Göteborg (Gothenburg) that is further heightened by a horrifying double murder. A couple has been found dead in their apartment, their heads removed and switched, with the proverbial me ...more
Feb 18, 2012 Mysterytribune rated it it was amazing
Back to the Scandinavian Crime scene, we are going to look at Sun and Shadow from Åke Edwardson, the very first novel that put Inspector Erik Winter on the map (We recently reviewed Frozen Tracks from this series here).

Sun and Shadow, talks about the beginning, when Edwardson introduces readers to detective Erik Winter, the youngest chief inspector in Sweden, who wears sharp suits, cooks gourmet meals, has a penchant for jazz, and is about to become a father. He’s also moody and intuitive, his m
Toni Osborne
3rd book in the Erik Winter series and 1st translated into English

This detective fiction brings us to Gothenburg Sweden at the turn of the millennium. Erik Winter, a soon to be father, is highly talented and the youngest chief inspector in the country.

In its first chapter, a gruesome double homicide has police investigating the shadier side of Sweden. The underground world, black metal music and unconventional sex quickly surfaces in their investigation. The murderer has left a riddle of clues
Jul 02, 2008 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
Erik Winter is the youngest chief inspector in Sweden. He's quite the snappy dresser, an intuitive if slightly moody cop, consumed with his job and with his very pregnant girlfriend. When his father has a massive heart attack in Spain, he is pulled away from his job to spend a little time with him before he dies. His time in Spain is very conflicted, a completely different culture and experience which his parents have embraced totally, away from his girlfriend and his job, he's lost and uncomfor ...more
April Price
Jul 29, 2016 April Price rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Sun and Shadow is much better than Death Angels, I'm glad I gave this author another chance. While I liked this book better it still had some flaws. Not having read the second Erik Winter book I feel like I missed out on a few things like what happened between Erik and his family and what happened to Bergenhem who in this book pretty much just lies around being sick. Even though many of the characters had been introduced in Death Angels I still had a difficult time understanding them. But I thin ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: scandinavian, 2010
I wanted to like this book.

Things that were good:
1. The setting - Gothenburg, Sweden. I loved the cold, both in the landscape and in the relationships between the characters.
2. The murders - Black metal, dismembered bodies, and obvious female issues? Yes! Gruesome, just the way I like it in my thrillers.

And... that was about it.

The book was LONG. It took me, an seasoned fast reader... 25 DAYS TO FINISH. True, I've been busy. But I also haven't wanted to pick it up at night or at work during
Feb 05, 2009 Ted rated it liked it
This mystery is slow to start and for the most part I felt like there were too many plot devices being used. For example, the protagonist, Erik Winter, begins the book having to fly to Spain to be with his dying father, leaving his pregnant girl friend behind who is moving into his apartment. While in Spain another plot complication develops. And none of it really has anything to do with the mystery. The mystery portion starts too late in the book. There is too much evidence that apparently poin ...more
Jon Frum
Jul 29, 2015 Jon Frum rated it did not like it
When I found myself 47 pages in, and only a hint of a crime to come at some later point, I put this book down. As in other Euro police procedurals I've read recently, this book is more a domestic tale with a crime element than a crime genre story with domestic elements.

Along with this torpid plot pacing issue, the writing style is annoying to me. Short chapters are meant to give motion to the story - they just chop up the flow to me. And the device of double spacing between paragraphs to sudden
Sep 02, 2014 Bernie rated it really liked it
Well this is first I have read of Åke Edwardson’s Inspector Winter series. I was rather annoyed when I discovered that this is the third in the series. I like to start at the beginning of a series. Enough rant, as the title suggests there us light and dark in this tale. The dark of a Swedish winter and the light of Spain. The light of a stable family and the dark of fractured families. The setting is Gothenburg on the eve of the twentieth century the millennium.
In amongst this is a cruel and sa
Mar 16, 2009 Rosanne rated it it was ok
I picked this up in London during a "3 for the price of 2" sale on detective novels in translation. I didn't even know there was a bit of a 'craze' for Scandanavian detective fiction. I like police novels so I thought it would be a good choice. The English translation cover description describes it as a "police procedural." And that's really what it is, with an emphasis on the "procedural" part. Detective Winter is quite a likeable and interesting character, but the book is full to the brim of e ...more
Mary Nelsen
Jun 11, 2013 Mary Nelsen rated it liked it
Chief Inspector Detective Winter from the Gothenburg police department works to solve a horrendous murder case. Winter is somewhat distracted because he is also going through some major life changes with his pregnant girlfriend moving in, death of his father and impending birth of his first child. The story has numerous twists and turns and unfortunately there are way too many minor characters. I found this Ake Edwardson mystery to be mostly enjoyable- not as good as the Dragon Tattoo trilogy bu ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandivavian, mystery
When Chief Inspector Erik Winter returns to Sweden from Spain, where he went to tend to his dying father, he is greeted by a gruesome murder scene very close to his own house. Some clues have been left behind, but there is no real trail to the killer. While Sweden celebrates the millenium, there is a second murder that seems to be linked to the first.

Winter must lead the investigation while he and his girlfriend also prepare for the birth of their first child. They have also been receiving seve
Margaret Sankey
Jul 23, 2011 Margaret Sankey rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I enjoy foreign detective series because of their glimpse into different justice systems and different values. This book, however, seems to prove two things:
1. Cop cliches are the same all over the world (alienated youngest chief inspector, his on-again, off-again girlfriend, his naggy mother, his distant father, the mismatched pair of detectives, the stern but sympathetic chief, etc. And, of course, the serial killer who has no motivation other than that the plot requires it.)
2. Lazy thriller w
This is low key. People who want fast action and a lot of heightened tension will probably not like this. I found it had its own pace, but I couldn't wait to pick it up and read more. The characters grew on me, and I kinda got where he was going with who the bad guy was from the beginning, but wasn't sure who it was. There were some clever red herrings. My only complaint was sometimes he didn't state something and I wasn't sure why. There were things left out that seemed unnecessarily oblique. O ...more
Kyla Squires
Aug 20, 2016 Kyla Squires rated it really liked it
Being a metalhead, I was concerned about where this book was going to go when it transpired that the killer left a cassette at the crime scene. When the music on the tape was described, it was obviously black metal, but for a few chapters the police kept calling it death metal. (In retrospect, that's a reasonable assumption for a non-metal Swedish police officer to make upon being presented with extreme music in the early 90s.)
Therefore I was overjoyed when the tape was brought to an expert who
Erik Winter is a well-dressed cypher, the youngest police chief in Sweden with many ambivalences, not the least of which involves his pending fatherhood and the death of his own dad, a retiree living on the Costa del Sol. I liked the atmosphere as revealed by the large cast of characters, primary and secondary, as we make our way through the unraveling of brutal double murders with overtones satanic and heavy metal music. Along the way we touch upon swingers, teen misbehavior, child abuse, alcoh ...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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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Winter (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Death Angels (Inspector Winter, #1)
  • The Shadow Woman (Inspector Winter #2)
  • Never End (Inspector Winter, #4)
  • Frozen Tracks (Inspector Winter, #5)
  • Sail of Stone (Inspector Winter, #6)
  • Room No. 10 (Inspector Winter, #7)
  • Vänaste land (Inspector Winter, #8)
  • Nästan död man (Inspector Winter, #9)
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