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Death Angels (Inspector Winter #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  1,218 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Erik Winter joins forces with his British counterparts after a series of brutal murders of young men in London and his own city of Gothenburg. The killer, dubbed Hitchcock, appears to have filmed the butchery, as evidenced by traces of a tripod stand in the victims' blood.

The trail naturally leads into the seamy world of snuff films, but the big break comes from a burglar...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Penguin Books (first published 1997)
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Am conflicted - wonderful characters and great plot, but the delivery and conclusion fell a little short (3.5 stars)

My library branch is closing down due to renovations and I found Death Angels as I was raiding the shelves - all in a selfless attempt to help them and make it so that they had less books to move, of course ;-). I was intrigued, since I've been wanting to read more mysteries and thrillers, and what with the recent rage for Swedish writers I thought Åke Edwardson would be interestin...more
Look, either you love character deiven thriller/crime stories or you don't. If you do, this book (and the one that's coming out in March from S&S) are top notch.
Wonderful writer.
Joseph Soltero
While the story pulled me in enough to keep me interested, I was left with the feeling that something else was lacking. Now that I've had a few days to think about it, I believe those things are plot development and character connections.

The crimes themselves are as the back cover describes it: "macabre", and the book is a fast-paced and "just the facts, ma'am" type of work. In film format, this is perfect. However, in the context of a book, it was as if the author himself shied away from delvin...more
Panthère Rousse
Le commissaire Erik Winter, élégant célibataire de 37 ans, enquête de Göteborg à Londres sur des meurtres sanglants de jeunes hommes anglais et suédois. Ses interrogations existentielles et celles de certains de ses collègues prennent un peu trop de place à mon goût dans ce premier épisode des enquêtes de Winter. J'avoue que j'ai eu tendance à survoler certains paragraphes... Mais j'ai assez embarqué dans l'histoire pour avoir du mal à lâcher le livre. Il y a même une trame sonore, si on laisse...more
Michele Weiner
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Mar 14, 2013 Marg rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
I had to wait a few days to let this book percolate a bit before I wrote a review. While Death Angels had an interesting plot and I was entertained by the story, I had a bit of a problem getting into the book. The novel starts off - bam - at a funeral talking about characters with little introduction and description of who the hell they are or were. That's fine; I'm not stupid; I'll try my best to keep up. Soon more characters are introduced, and more, and, as the reader, I have no idea where th...more
Åke Edwardson is one of our favorite Swedish novelists and we have reviewed some of the books from his Chief Inspector Winter series in the past (Go here for review of Sun and Shadow and here for Frozen Tracks). Death Angels is another novel in this series and has won the Best Swedish Crime Fiction Award in 1997.

A Brief Summary:

The main plot of "Death Angels" spins around some strange murders of teenage boys that are being committed in both Sweden and London.

Young Swedish men are being tortured...more
Krasser Einstieg in die Reihe um Kommissar Winter: In "Tanz mit dem Engel" geht es um Snuff-Movies. Zwei junge Männer werden kurz nacheinander ermordet und dabei gefilmt: Zunächst ein Schwede in London, dann ein Brite in Göteborg. Kommissar Winter kooperiert mit seinem London Kollegen McDonald und bittet gleichzeitig seinen Freund aus Jugendtagen aus der Göteborger Nachtwelt zu Hilfe.

Der Erzählstil ist ungewöhnlich, sprachlich sehr knapp, dennoch entwickelt sich eine Atmosphä...more
Alles wirkt stark gewollt. Melancholische Stimmung und Philosophische Einschübe inklusive. Viele Dialoge sind leer und die Gefühle und Motivationen der Figuren sind nicht nachvollziehbar. Auch die Lösung des Falls wirkt konstruiert und daher nicht überraschend oder spannend. Nicht mein Fall.
3.5 stars...a solid and interesting detective debut..atmospheric with vague outlines leaving much for interpretation....inspector winters is intuitive, aloof and quietly attractive....definitely will read book 2
Minty McBunny
3.5 stars

This was a pretty good start to a series. I found the mystery interesting and I liked Winter. My biggest complaint would be that I couldn't tell Winter from Macdonald, their voices on the page were so alike, I frequently had to refer to other passages to remember whose point of view I was seeing. I am not sure if that is a translation issue or not, but it did detract from my enjoyment of the book. The prose was also a bit flat ion places, and that may well be the translator's fault as w...more
Leggere A Colori
Se non avessi dovuto scrivere la recensione non avrei terminato di leggere neanche il prologo di Balla con l’angelo! I personaggi sono mediocri e superficiali, la caratterizzazione inesistente, il romanzo è lento, noioso, confusionario, colmo di banalità, privo di suspense e di colpi di scena, è uno di quei libri che ti penti di aver acquistato! Ancora mi chiedo come abbiano potuto farne una serie televisiva…

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Toni Osborne
4th novel translated into English from the Erik Winter series

This series has not been released to the English audience in the order it was written, “Death Angels” is actually the 1st in the series. For those who are already familiar with Chief Inspector Erik Winter this novel will bring you back in time to when the Inspector was younger and unmarried.

In this novel, Erik teams up with Scotland Yard to solve a mysterious case that has the same M.O. as other cases in which British and Swedish youn...more
Szybko, coraz szybciej: bliźniacze morderstwa. W Londynie giną młodzi mieszkańcy Göteborga, w Göteborgu- młodzi Londyńczycy. Istnieje podejrzenie, że morderca jest też producentem snuff movies. Oczywiście, nikt nie przyzna się do fascynacji tego rodzaju filmami.
Poznajcie Erika Wintera, 37-latka. Jeden z najmłodszych komisarzy w dziejach. Prywatnie - brat rozwiedzionej lekarki, syn rodziców, którzy uciekli przed zimnem i starością do Hiszpanii. Mimo powodzenia u płci przeciwnej - człowiek samotny...more
Woerterkatze Wörterkatze
Ein junger schwedischer Tourist wird in einem Hotelzimmer im Londoner Süden brutal ermordet. Kurz darauf geschieht ein weiterer Mord auf dieselbe sadistische Weise in Göteborg. Diesmal ist ein junger Engländer das Opfer. Besteht eine Verbindung zwischen den beiden Verbrechen? Und warum fand an beiden Tatorten eine Art Ritualtanz statt? Spuren eines Kamerastativs deuten auf eine Verbindung zur Real-Hardcore-Pornoszene hin.
Der erfolgsverwöhnte Erik Winter, durchgestylter und zigarillor...more
Nov 14, 2010 BoekenTrol rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to BoekenTrol by: sales person in book shop

I was hesitating between 3 and 4 stars. 4 Stars because I liked the story, it grabbed me, was exciting and dark, like I think a good thriller should be.

Eventuelly I decided for 3 starts, because I did not like the way the story was written. There were quite a few dialogues in the book and the interaction between the participants was not only verbally (written words they spoke), but much more non-verbal. The conversation was often only partially spoken, lik...more
I am going to have to start an Excel spread sheet with the authors/detectives of Nordic crime. At this point, I swear that they are all muddled in my head. What separates them from their North American/British counterparts seems to be their angst. It comes in all flavours but they all seem a little stooped under its burden. I was not uber impressed with Edwardson but many people have written that he gets better later in the series so I may give a later one a try. He gets one extra star than I wo...more
somewhat standard swedish thriller. winter is okay - flawed but dedicated to the cases he works. i wasn't rooting for him the way i do, say, joona linna or carl mørck. the story plods along realistically, i think - we're privy to knowledge that the cops don't have, but not from the killer - from citizen witnesses who take forever to come forward with their information. it's sort of annoying since we know what will break the case open but have to a hundred pages to get there. POV is somewhat conf...more
Petra Willemse
This is a solid mystery. It is written in a more literary tone, with changing locales and sparse explanations, that can seem slightly pretentious at times. However, the basic mystery elements are still there and I would read another entry in the series.
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I do not really know where to start here. The premise was good, but also flawed, and I think there may have been some of this story, lost in translation. It is the first book in the series, maybe things will improve in the second. I had to keep going back and re-reading, because I thought I was missing or skipping over parts of the story. The murder scene was not fully described and I found it frustrating that these details were omitted. Some of the dialogue and descriptive script was just plain...more
Maria Ruiz
it was a pretty exiting book... Near the end. If it wasn't because I have already read other Chief Inspector Erik Winter novels, I would have been extremely confused with who is who. Åke Edwardson does not do a very good job at showing us more about the characters and how they are related at all to Winter, and their relationships with others. Overall it was a great book. The problem starts right away in the second chapter, Wich I found was great because you dont have to wait 10 whole chapters be...more
May 04, 2008 Pilvi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime book readers
The Finnish translation of Åke Edwardson: Dans med en ängel.

Edwardson has quite a unique style to write. At points it's good, but at points it makes you feel you're reading a conversation Edwardson heard and is now describing it and thinking you were there too to hear the original conversation. So sometimes I didn't quite understand what he tried to say.

The story itself wasn't quite like other regular crime stories. Edwardson revealed bits and pieces slowly and therefore it was a surprise at the...more
The only thing I don't like about some of these translated mystery series--sometimes they aren't translated in the order they are written.
Kay Robart
Nothing much seems to happen in the middle of this book. It appears that some of the Scandinavian mystery writers are at pains to show realistically how long it takes to solve some crimes. This objective is a worthy one, but they need to also find a way to build suspense or keep the reader’s interest. The characters of the members of Winter’s team are not well developed, although an attempt is made to show other aspects of their lives. However, I especially disliked the subplot of the young cop...more
Boring. Gave up after 39 pages:(. Too many other Scandinavian mysteries to tackle!
Жестокое, немыслимое, простите, говно, еще сильнее убитое чудовищной редактурой, точнее, полным ее отсутствием.
Never clearly explained 'why', perhaps it's the translation.
T.A.C. Willemse
at times a nice read but overall I found the plot to be moderate and at the end even somewhat farfetched when all of a sudden one of the last victims suddenly makes a reappearance.
Easy read, fast paced, likable characters... in short, a really good book!
I really tried to like this book, but in the end, I just didn't care what happened. The character development was so poor that I felt nothing for any of the people in the book. The end just confused me. "Ok, so why did he do it?" There was no real explanation of the killer's reasoning (or a lot of other characters, for that matter). It just seemed horribly cobbled together, with frequent mentions of John Coltrane and cigarillos. I want to give it the benefit of the doubt and say the translation...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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