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Sun and Shadow (Inspector Winter #3)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,116 ratings  ·  102 reviews
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.
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Published June 1st 2006 by Vintage (first published 1999)
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Teri Zipf
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...more
Anna
Jun 27, 2012 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of exotic noir
Shelves: 2012, bookcrossing
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...more
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
Larissa
�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 bis...more
Trish
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
WordsBeyondBorders
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
K
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.
Chris
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.
Janet
Another one where the author uses "He" in sub-chapters, paragraphs, etc. so I had to keep looking back to figure out who "He" was. Other than that, it was okay.

Laura
I was really excited for this book, and it was kind of a letdown. There's less action and more focus on character development in this installment; while that's not really a bad thing, I hadn't been particularly curious about Winter's personal life, and this book focused on that a lot. It's still well-written, and most of the characters are compelling (I particularly liked Maria and Patrik), but it wasn't as suspenseful as the first two books in the series.

This is a solid book if you're following...more
Bernie
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...more
Joyce
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
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...more
Karen
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
Mysterytribune
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...more
April Price
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
Jennifer
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...more
Ted
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
Rosanne
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
Bonnie G
Like many Swedish mysteries, there is more shadow than sun. I liked the main detective since he is trying for a normal home life. The crime was contained and not some rampage, which I also appreciated. Gothenburg is a new crime setting for me, so enjoyed that too.
Mary Nelsen
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
Rebecca
Feb 05, 2008 Rebecca rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Swedes
Recommended to Rebecca by: Ruby
I actually had to start this book over twice, and by the time I got to the end of it, I didn't really care who the killer was, and I had no idea what his motive even was. One of my reading group members commented that she hates translations because she feels like she's missing something, and things are not flushed out as well as they could be. I really feel that's true in this novel. You never really get an idea of who the characters are, and you don't end up liking any of them. The one thing th...more
Dorrie
I just love police procedurals and mysteries written by Nordic writers. This particular book takes place in Sweden. It is the third book in the Detective Eric Winter series. This particular genre portrays people at their most human level. The "good guys" are just like the rest of us--they just happen to be detectives who solve murder mysteries. Their foibles and weaknesses are explored, right along with their strengths. These are not super human characters like Sherlock Holmes, and that makes th...more
Nick
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
Margaret Sankey
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...more
Greg
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...more
Leslie
There must be something lost in translation. Lots of things brought up for the investigation that were unnecessary. The ending was beyond ridiculous with how it was tied up. Super meh.
Elizabeth
Sorry I didn't read these in order. Picked it up because it takes place in Goteborg (Gothenberg), my adopted Swedish city, and liked it. (My friend Merike from Goteborg is visiting at the moment so I learned how to pronounce his name-Ake- - not easy.) The Liseberg Park mentioned is like Dorney Park only exquisitely beautiful; gardens to die for.
I guess Swedish mysteries are the newest thing, and this is a good series. Erik Winter is not as complex or difficult as Henning Mankel's guy, but stil...more
Nigel
I could have given this 4 stars... equally, It could have been 2. An odd book with many, many odd conversations, culminating in an odd finish. I would chance another by this author but the translation would have to improve. (My apologies if it is, in fact, Edwardson)
jcwolfkill
Good plot, nice translation.
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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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