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The Shadow Woman (Inspector Winter #2)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  693 ratings  ·  78 reviews
The second installment of the internationally best selling Erik Winter series

It's August and the annual Gothenburg Party is in full swing. But this year the bacchanalian blowout is simmering with ethnic discord spurred by nativist gangs. When a woman is found murdered in the park-her identity as inscrutable as the blood-red symbol on the tree above her body-Winter's sear...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Penguin Books (first published 1998)
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Very enjoyable Swedish mystery - wonderful characters and an interesting plot with great twists and turns

I read my first Åke Edwardson book, Death Angels , a couple of weeks ago, and while I loved the characters and thought the plot was well-done, the delivery of it all and conclusion/explanation definitely fell short for me. That book is in the first in Edwardson's Inspector Erik Winter series, and since there were so many things I liked about it, I decided to try the second one before making m...more
During Sweden's outdoor summer Gothenburg Party, an undercover policewoman is attacked. In the middle of the August heat, a dead woman is found in a local park with no identification.

This is police procedural at its best. As with some crimes that take place, there are no immediate clues and it is only through the tenacious investigations by a determined homicide team who broaden their search to all directions, even grasping sometimes at the most fragile leads.

The author brings us into the worl...more
Als eine unidentifizierte Frauenleiche auftaucht, muss Winter tief in der Vergangenheit graben, um die komplizierten Zusammenhänge von damals und heute aufzuklären. Es hat seine Gründe, warum kaum jemand die Frau kennt, aber sie hatte eine Tochter und Winter setzt alle seine Anstrengungen daran, das Kind zu finden.

Auch in Die Schattenfrau ist es ein interessantes Rätsel, das Winter in seiner besonderen Art versucht, zu entschlüsseln. Der Leser wird auf mehrere Umwege geführt, dabei flacht die Sp...more
PROTAGONIST: Erik Winter, chief inspector
SETTING: Gothenberg, Sweden
SERIES: #2 of 11
RATING: 3.25

The stereotypical view of Sweden paints it as a place of calm and peacefulness. The truth of the matter is that it is a place that is in a state of unrest. Places such as Gothenberg are experiencing unprecedented violence and instances of gang warfare. In fact, one of Gothenberg’s police officers, Aneta Djanali, who is black, is severely injured by three men at the annual Gothenberg Party. And then a...more
Rather than the publisher's blurb-description above, (which seems to want to dial up some tabloid-style racial violence to splash on the book's back cover), Åke Edwardson's mystery is more about detection in and of itself. The ways the investigators may use to investigate, and the way crime gets brought to light.

Which is kind of a shame. First, obviously, for the reader who just wants some sensational race-baiting conflict, but also for those who might actually be after what's present in the re...more
After finishing "Jar City", my sister loaned me the next book in the series,
Shadow Woman" - which I have to say, I liked even better - Ake Edwardson is brilliant at plot, in particular. I do have to say that the unusual plethora of unfamiliar names and places are difficult for this poor American! But, especially if the book is being listened to, soon becomes very familiar.

Please do not let the fact that this book is from Iceland - I sometimes think that we Americans tend to read books who were...more
This is the second book in Inspector Eric Winter's series, and it was just as compelling as the first one. A woman is murdered and her identity is unknown. No one claims to recognize her, and it is as if she had never existed. What I find so intriguing about Ake Edwardson's books is the way he foreshadows the action by going into the victims' heads before (and sometimes during) the crime is committed. We feel the victims' fear and anxiety, but we are not sure exactly what is happening to them. E...more
Carol Kroll
I received this book from a friend who enjoyed it. I thought it was okay however I had a difficult time getting through the book. A murder in Sweden, the investigation, battling motorcycle clubs, bank robbery, etc., etc.

The twists in the investigation were hard to follow. Characters were added to the story and then disappeared and I couldn't follow some of the additions.

The weather conditions that were explained time and time again were tiring and repetitive and became boring so I had to skim th...more
i don't typically read books that are mystery/thriller, but this one caught my attention. i think i liked that it was from an international author.

the book is set in sweden and is a series of books all regarding cases the detective erik winter encounters. this one involves the death of a woman, helene andersen, and the disappearance of her daughter, jennie.

as winter and his team of detectives begin what seems to be a futile investigation, they are soon turned on to the involvement of possible m...more
This book just wasn't for me. The plot moved very slowly-for the vast majority of the book, the investigators have no clues and make no progress. Sure that is probably pretty realistic, but I don't turn to books like this for a realistic depiction of what it is like to work a cold case, I'm looking for a page turner. I also didn't find Erik Winters to be a particularly interesting character, which made the slow beginning all the more uninteresting.

Perhaps some of this story is also lost in tran...more
OK....well it's either that these books show promise to me as being worthwhile as the translator is going to change and the next book in the series is the first to appear in North American markets, or I'm a masochist.

I like certain aspects of these books...the story lines are intriguing and the characters are sympathetic--but the plot twists are losing me constantly. I just don't understand some of the choices that are made both by the characters and the author.


I have just completed watchin...more
In bright, hot summertime Sweden, the body of an unidentified woman is found and Chief Inspector Erik Winter is determined to solve the case. To add to the mystery, it is soon determined that the murder victim had had a child whose whereabouts are also unknown. I did not love this book, a work full of darkness and angst. While I appreciated the complexity of the main character, I felt the other characters were thinly drawn. Numerous other subplots were promising, but went no where. Although I th...more
Megan Baxter
It's difficult to tell what the main problem with this book is - the prose, or the translation. It could be either. Or both. But either way, in English, this book is clunky. The prose is distracting and frequently uses turns of phrase that make me shake my head. (Someone could see the headache? Through your skull? As opposed to just noticing that you were acting like you had a headache?) It's so devoid of elegance or grace. It's just stiff.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to t...more
I would almost give this 3 1/2 stars. Erik Winters is an intriguing character, and the more I find out about him, the more I like him. This is an interesting book, looking at both a current and older crime that occurs in both Sweden and Denmark. I like the concept of a 'shadow woman', and that's exactly what Helene is in this book. The pacing is a bit uneven, and it kind of snowballs at the end. I also wished they had spelled out what happened more specifically (especially regarding Oskar) - I t...more
i read this right after the first in the series and the similarities were pretty obvious. a different case, but the same procedure for solving it - winter relies on his shady contacts, there's a tip from a citizen (that also takes forever to come to light, yet we know about it for awhile), some personal life vignettes about winter that i just cant seem to care about, and a really cloudy unsatisfactory ending. i know that the fourth in the series is supposed to be the best one, but i wanted to "r...more
Druga powieść z Winterem. Po doświadczeniach, z którymi czytelnik mógł się zapoznać w "Tańcu z Aniołem" komisarz przebywa na urlopie. I słucha The Clash! Ostatnie jest wynikiem wpływu Macdonalda. Mamy zatem zabawne sceny, np. "Winter usłyszał, ze w knajpie grają rocka, ale to raczej nie był The Clash".
Obsesją autora jest chyba pokazanie samotności śmierci. Zostaje znaleziona zamordowana kobieta, ale nikt nie zgłasza jej zaginięcia, tylko przypadek sprawia, że zostaje zidentyfikowana.
Cóż, jest kl...more
Kay Robart
I haven’t been reading Åke Edwardson’s Erik Winter mysteries in order, making the private lives of the recurring characters a little difficult to follow. The books keep my interest and provide complex puzzles, but I still don’t feel like I get much insight into the personalities of the main characters. The slower pace of Edwardson’s police procedurals is probably more realistic than the speed with which crimes are usually solved in fiction, but the author’s ability to effectively build suspense...more
Not my favorite in this genre. I tried Edwardson a couple years ago and was bored; I was also bored this time around. There's just not the connection between character and reader that you have with Mankell's stuff, much less with Vargas's Commissaire Adamsberg or Ian Rankin's Rebus. (It's probably time to just start rereading all of my Nero Wolfes.) This was 300+ pages in paperback... I'd have been all set with 250. And I *like* long books. But this was decent for what I needed it to be, i.e., a...more
I thought the book moved slow and the characters were not fleshed out well enough for me to care much about any of them.
Not quite as good a translation as Frozen Tracks, but intricate plot twist.
Jan 04, 2009 Pilvi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime readers
I really like Edwardson's style to write book. Winter is so much more realistic, because Edwardson lets readers take a peak inside his head, to read about his inner thoughts. They might seem chaotic, but aren't all our thoughts a bit chaotic, rushing inside our heads? I know some think policework is boring in Edwardson's books, because police have to go through the same things again and again. But that's what policework is in the real time. People lie, some evidence isn't found at the first time...more
Erik Winter is an interesting investigator to me in the ilk of Kurt Wallender, definitely not a perfect man, I find his extra sensory perceptions to be described in a believable way and enjoy his interactions with his 40-year old sister. This particular novel had so many flashbacks that I found myself somewhat confused about the mother's versus the daughter's histories so that the overall findings at the end of the case were a little vague, but since I remained wrapped in the story throughout th...more
An unidentified woman is murdered, Inspector Winter and his team of detectives must find out her identity before they can solve the murder. Goteburg, Sweden is the setting for this Swedish murder mystery. The search leads them to Denmark. This is a well written book that provides not only a good story, but also gives us a glimpse of modern day Sweden. It is no longer a homogeneous society, the influx of immigrants has created a new multiculturalism. Some native Swedes accept this, others do not...more
Another good Scandinavian crime story.
Jan 31, 2011 Doug added it
A unidentified body is found and can't be identified and there is an indication that a young child is missing. Inspector Winter begins his search to identify the body and find the child. The story takes place in Gothenburg Sweden with some trips to Norway. Edwardson tells a good story. I sort of think of his style as a Swedish 87th precinct story. Motorcycle gangs and the conflict of immigrants in Sweden are woven into the story. I liked the interaction between the characters at the police stati...more
Brian Oldham
This is part of a series of Inspector Winters books. This did not add much to his story. It was a psychological mystery. As far as structure it really did not have the usual 3 peaks with the most compelling driving us to the finish. It was all one level and one story and one push to solve the case. I found it slow and over done. I have enjoyed Ake Edwardson and will buy another from him. He does created well constructed characters and great dialog. This was just a little too quiet and safe.
Ming Terk
A slow exposition on the psychology of loneliness and fear amongst those on the fringe of society. And slow moving it does get, especially when the reader gets to suspect more than the police, from the flashbacks given intermittently. One never gets the full picture until the very end when the pieces come together. Even so, not sure if all the questions are answered, as the story got more and more complex and confusing. Not one of the more arresting psychological mysteries around.
This was an incredibly well written book, it was a pleasure to read. The translation must have been pretty good, too (I read this in Finnish). However, the riddle at the center of the story was finally resolved too vaguely. It was as if the writer could write but not really end the book. So that's why I only gave the book two stars: because the end was a real disappointment and left me wondering what really happened.
This second in the Erik Winter series confuses us with mothers and children through several generations. A woman is found murdered and dumped in the woods with nothing to identify her. The story moves backward and forward in time, and from Sweden to Denmark and back, as Winter tries to uncover the identity of the victim and determine what happened to her daughter. I'm continuing to enjoy the Winter series.
I'm having a hard time getting into this story, at first I thought it may end up being close to one of my favorite Swedish authors Hakan Nasser, but this is very slow moving and really doesn't get to the point. I also have a hard time liking the central character, Erik Winter. Also, I have been having a hard time reading on the bus these days, so that also might be the issue..
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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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