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Death Angels (Inspector Winter #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  1,980 Ratings  ·  143 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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Penguin Books (first published 1997)
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Juliana Philippa
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
Peter Riva
Jan 24, 2012 Peter Riva rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2011 Joseph Soltero rated it liked it
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
Mar 08, 2013 Marg rated it really liked it
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
Michele Weiner
Oct 12, 2009 Michele Weiner rated it did not like it
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Linda  Branham Greenwell
Erik WInter is a Swedish Police Inspector. In this story young boys are murdered in a horrific way in both Sweden and London. Inspector Winter is the lead detective on the case. The story does a good job of character development. Winter is very proper,impeccably dressed, and intelligent... and at the beginning of the story he is dealing with the natural death of a close friend. Inspector WInters counterpart in London is Detective Superintendent Macdonald who is non-conventional in hos choice cl ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Jul 15, 2012 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it liked it
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
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

Not the best. First in the series coupled with a different translator.
Mar 08, 2012 Mysterytribune rated it really liked it
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
Jan 04, 2015 Lorelei rated it liked it
Having read most of this series I have found several things are holding it back to a 3 star. I can't be sure of it's the translation or not but there seems to be a lot of nuance missing in the dialogue. Characters say strange things that really make no sense, so I suspect it must be the very poor translation.

In terms of the book structure, Edwardson has a habit of chopping between 'scenes' as if he's writing a television script. Conversations are often left hanging whilst we cut to another sub-p
Aug 04, 2014 Bernie rated it really liked it
So it’s back to the beginning as I managed to read the third in the series first. Although looking on line this may not be the first novel as there are a series of titles that have not been translated from Swedish. In many ways the central character is disconnected. He has a testy relationship with his parents, and his sister. He has a comfortable relationship with his girlfriend albeit at a distance. The story has two parts as it takes place in Sweden and United Kingdom.
There is a killer who co
Ron Chicaferro
Jan 26, 2015 Ron Chicaferro rated it liked it
Death Angels is my first novel by Ake Edwardson. It's not my first novel by a Swedish author, however, so I knew I would stumble, a little, over some of the Swedish words. I liked how the book was structured: similar murders in Sweden and London - two senior police officials investigating. The book's main protagonist is Erik Winter, senior police inspector in Sweden. The crimes are intense and brutal; and the police want the killer captured quickly. The writing style was a little confusing as it ...more
Jul 29, 2010 Viktoria rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, crime
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.
Jun 28, 2013 Jaidee rated it liked it
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
Elizabeth Sulzby
May 16, 2016 Elizabeth Sulzby rated it really liked it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: A friend in my classics book club
Ake Edwardson, Death Angels

Noir in most dreaded ways: Death Angels is one of my latest forays into Swedish crime novels/Scandanavian noir and noir it truly is. My review will be affected greatly by the fact that I am an American reader and dependent upon English translations; however, I have spent some time in different Scandinavian countries and also in the Netherlands and also have some interest in aspects of the histories of these countries. I have just finished Death Angels at 4 a.m. and am
Pat Haber
Nov 14, 2016 Pat Haber rated it really liked it
am happy to have found another Scandinavian author i like. This was Edwardson's first book,i think, and it does show that, sometimes he is too wordy and sometimes tries to make too much just casual conversation, and too much deliberating.
i liked the characters and the way it unfolds. i will read more in this series.
Oct 26, 2016 Eva rated it it was ok
This should have been horrific, but instead it was flat. Not too bad, just flat. Maybe I should read something else by the same author just to be sure, but I don't know if I will ever do it. This novel left me unsatisfied and I don't know if I want to go through it again.
Feb 11, 2017 Lyn rated it really liked it
Ahhh! A good Swedish mystery :) Erik Winter is one interesting character! Excited to see what # 2 will bring to his plate.
Nov 09, 2016 Shirley rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this author very much also.
Mat Lau
Un poco pesado de leer. Hay partes que te confunden demasiado, detalles que no aportan a la historia. El final es muy flojo, para ser una novela negra TAN larga, termina de una forma sin nada de sorpresa. Tanto así que un wannabe podría haberlo escrito mejor en todos los aspectos. Me desanimó a leer las otras partes.
Kerstin 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
Toni Osborne
Apr 28, 2012 Toni Osborne rated it liked it
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
Apr 12, 2011 Bartek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Claire Hillsmith
Feb 05, 2017 Claire Hillsmith rated it really liked it
"Wild birds plow their way through the far reaches of space. How many never reach their final destination. But what difference does that make? They die free."

Well, despite this being a translated book, Åke Edwardson has a fantastic way with words! His characters have depth, backgrounds and quirks, without there being lengthy paragraphs about them. You feel like you are there, solving the crimes with them.

The narrative switches between London and Gothenburg, yet it isn't meant to be a trick or
Jun 23, 2014 Inga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, scandinavia
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
May 12, 2010 BoekenTrol rated it liked it  ·  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
Feb 22, 2013 Nevermore rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Jun 20, 2013 Emma rated it liked it
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
Maria Ruiz
Jul 14, 2013 Maria Ruiz rated it liked it
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
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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)
  • The Shadow Woman (Inspector Winter #2)
  • Sun and Shadow (Inspector Winter, #3)
  • 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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