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Death Angels (Inspector Winter #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,484 ratings  ·  117 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
ebook, 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
Peter Riva
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.
Michele Weiner
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
Ron Chicaferro
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
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
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…

Continua a leggere su
Gary Van Cott
2.5 Stars. This book had too many flaws for me to really enjoy it. The translator has unnecessarily appended "street" on to the names of roads in Gothenburg. The author while something of an expert on locations in London is vague about British police ranks and apparently unaware that detectives there rarely carry firearms.

As to the story itself, I was unable to feel much empathy for any of the characters and didn't think the motive for why these particular crimes were committed was explained.
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
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
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
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
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
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
The structure and writing style were so choppy and fragmented that, for me, the plot lost all emotion and sense of purpose. The book is basically a collection of short scenes and vignettes, and what's lost are the connections among characters and their motivations. It's an artistic style that might appeal to some (and obviously does, given the author's success), but I won't be reading any more of this series.
The first book in the Eric Winter series set in Sweden which seems to be pretty well regarded but fell rather flat for me. The main character never did really come into focus and while there were numerous other characters none really made an impression. The plot was fairly pedestrian and the writing just so so. Maybe it was a translation issue but am not sure I will try another in the series to find out.
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
First of a series with a likable Chief Inspector - Erik Winter. Macabre killings of young boys are connected between Gothenburg and London. Erik teams up with British Steve Macdonald to solve the case. The methodical procedure of connecting the dots and catching the killer is written quite well. Will be reading more of this series.
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
This one had so much potential, especially a Scandinavian detective the didn't make you want to slit your wrists. However, the plot resolution was out of nowhere ... the best friend? an unrelated killing resulting in a timely confession? Edwardson can obviously write, but it sure feels like he mailed this one in.
Minulla oli käynnistymisvaikeuksia tutustuessani tähän ensimmäiseen kirjailijan teokseen, lukeminen tuntui jotenkin vaikealta. Loppua kohden pääsin juttuun mukaan, mutta Edwardson ei tämän kirjan perusteella kiilannut suosikkidekkaristieni kaartiin. Annan silti noille toisillekin Winter-osille mahdollisuuden, kun niitä kerran luettavien kirjojen pinossa riittää.
Pam Foster
Since this was my first encounter with Ake Edwardson, I don't know if it was his writing or the translation that disappointed me. The basis of the plot lent itself to a good story, and I really liked the characters. But it fell flat at the end - just seemed to end with little explanation.
Fenny Wiradjaja
I read this book because some articles recommend the author apparently if you like Henning Mankell you'd like Ake Edwardson. Well I don't like it, the plot moves very slowly and I was quite bored not even halfway and had to force myself to finish it just because I always like to finish a book.
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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)
  • Den sista vintern (Inspector Winter #10)
  • Hus vid världens ände (Inspector Winter, #11)
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