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Frozen Tracks

(Inspector Winter #5)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,573 ratings  ·  101 reviews
It's autumn in Gothenburg and an anxious mother calls the police: her little boy was lured into a car by a man offering sweets. The child is returned unharmed but then the same thing happens with a little girl, and then another. Each child attends a different nursery, and each parent contacts a different police station, so, at first, no connection is established and the re ...more
Paperback, 538 pages
Published June 5th 2008 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: candy
There's maybe something wrong about enjoying dark frozen murder stories in the middle of Wisconsin winter, but whatever. ...more
May 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, scandanavia
This book was a typical crime thriller which forms part of the Inspector Winter series. I have never read any Inspecter Winter books before but I will certainly look out for them. He is a likeable chap (unlike his fellow cantakerous literary detectives comme Morse and Wallender) and he seems to be affected quite deeply by the circumstances of the case (which is often poorly done in crime writing).

I thought it was an interesting and slightly different story and I had no idea what the twist/who t
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A number of students have been attacked in Gothenburg. Inspector Winter and his team are puzzled, not only by the strange mark the weapon leaves, but also the sometimes evasive nature of the students themselves. Are they trying to hide something?

Meanwhile, young children are being abducted from playgrounds across the city. A man offering sweets is tempting them into his car, only to return them before anyone notices. The parents pick up on it from their child's stories, and report it. However,
Toni Osborne
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book3, in the Erik Winter series

This author is slowly growing on me or is it that I am now becoming more accustomed to his style, a style that is haunting and psychologically shrewd. “Frozen Tracks” is a superbly crafted crime novel, a compelling and dark thriller, definitely the best I have read from this author so far.

A glimpse into the story:

DCI Erik Winter and his team are baffled by a rash of beatings in Gothenburg that have nearly killed several young men, a distinctive mark left by the
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story held me just captivated enough to keep reading, even though something about Edwardson's writing style really annoyed me. There were things I liked about this book: the personal lives of the detectives; the role of the cold, gray climate; the whole Christmas factor...made it a cozy read. I held out for what I thought was sure to be a great suspenseful ending, and the payoff wasn't entirely satisfactory. The last 30 or so pages of this book are so ambiguous and convoluted that I had to ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: Frozen Tracks by Ake Edwardson. 10/21/2017

It takes some time to get used to Ake Edwardson’s writing style but once I got use to it the story moved along. His writing at times slows down the story but it’s haunting and psychologically clever. The author doesn’t create a lot of suspense but his plot is well developed and he isn’t cautious when describing how the violence effects or the emotions it leaves behind for the reader. Edwardson creates great characters and I enjoyed the police pro
I read this thriller before but due to reading now the Inspector Winter series in the right sequence I wanted to read Frozen Tracks again. And I was not disappointed. On the contrary, many things became clear which were after the first reading left mysterious to me.
It did not at the first reading but now Frozen Tracks appears to be one of the best in the Inspector Winter thrillers I have read. The best. And what I like so much in general about these Edwardson's thrillers is that he gives them a
David C Ward
As always, crimes (or at least crime fiction) is about family. The build up in this - children being abducted, students assaulted - is quite good. Atmospheric Scandinavian noir with appealing cops who are dealing with crime and their own lives. The problem is that the coincidences get overwhelming and the resolution is kind of a train wreck. Also, as the coincidences or synergies pile up Winter - who makes a point of pride about his intuition - somehow ignores two clues to the identity of the ab ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these book way too fast. I will eventually have to re-read them.

Again Edwardson has managed to generate a fresh and compelling police procedural using his wonderful character DCI Erik Winter.

Cleverly conceived and well written. Twists and turns. Desperation at Christmas time.

Winter has fast become one of my favourite fictional cops.

Looking forward to the next instalment and the re-read.
Masha Weber
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall a very enjoyable read! Starts off a little slow, but everything comes together in such a satisfying way that it makes the initial slowness seems worth it. There is an odd clunkiness to the prose, however, and I'm not sure if it was present in the original or due to the translation. It detracted a little bit from the story, but wasn't so noticeable as to make it a bad reading experience! ...more
Matthew Macmartin
(Did not finish)

While nothing specific is wrong with the basic story that was laid out for the first quarter I read, but i cant help thinking there was something lost in translation that created a grueling disconnect I could not get past.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I seem to enjoy a well-written police procedural. The last two pages here were a bit of a let-down after the process to get there.
Christopher Condit
Uninvolving. Did not make it to p.50.
Jean Walton
Apr 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first seven chapters of this book but just couldn't get into it. So I won't be finishing it. ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent trip to Sweden for me. Detective Winter is a complex thinker and lucky to have his fiancée Angela and their daughter Elsa to keep him grounded.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans. Scandinavia Fans.
Six-Word Review: Unrelated crimes come together - eventually solved.

I have mixed feelings about Edwardson's style. Maybe I like more detailed descriptions of the criminal acts or of the violence that can erupt when the miscreant is discovered. On the other hand, his books are truly mysteries where the reader is sometimes ahead of the fictional police and sometimes behind.

The story revolves around two criminal acts: the beatings of random college students who are left with a distinctive mark by t
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt like the longest of the series so far. I don’t mean that as negative. The story has many angles which are cleverly resolved as the book goes along. The story is set against the backdrop of the Christmas season. The sting is the now familiar city of Gothenburg. This time around the author Åke Edwardson has explored the ongoing characters more. As with any workplace where people are working together there are entwined relationships which bring their own tensions.

I am not sure how the tit
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Set in Gothenburg in winter. Some of this series is not translated into English, and of those that are not all are readily available, so this one is somewhere in the middle of the sequence and I haven't read any others. Contains some nice dry humour (as well as some strange examples of repetition - whole sentences are repeated). There are two ongoing cases which turn out to be connected (although the perpetrator is not, as I began to think, the same person!) While the detective's plans for Chris ...more
Jul 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am trying out different Scandinavian detective story authors. This story was "3-stars good." I liked Erik Winter and the other detectives on his team involved in the cases. There were 2 cases happening at the same time which ended up being related. That means there were many characters (with Swedish names) being introduced. There is a lot of dialogue in this book; so with all those people being interviewed, it did make for pages and pages of dialogue. But some of it I really enjoyed because of ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
My first exposure to this writer, who appears to have a stronger bias towards character development than plot. The inner thought processes of the characters are intimate and detailed; so much so that I felt a strong sense of disquiet with the contrasting viewpoints of young children and the developing "predator" who stalks them.
In general, the plot is an investigative procedural affair with Inspector Winter et al operating in the midst of two apparently unrelated cases.
I wasn't able to finish re
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

a review, as requested by ted...
this novel was a good read, has some engaging dry humor, moves right along at a good pace, has nice human elements to the story, has good characters. on the downside, edwardson often takes us into the mind (and point of view) of the criminal, who is something of a cliche - and i'm not sure having this point of view added to the story. as a whole, it's not the most original story, but the interesting characters give it enough newness to keep the story alive. it get
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Read it in one day. Chief Inspector Erik Winter and his team are trying to solve a recent series of crimes where several male college students have been bludgeoned from behind. Who could be behind such a crime ? and why?
At the same time there is also a series of other crimes occurring on young preschool children. The children tell their parents that a man gave them candy and talked to them in his car while they were at preschool. But the kids are back in class - and no one even noticed that the
One of the Inspector Winter mysteries set in Gothenburg, Sweden. This series provides intriguing mysteries and interesting characters. There is the jazz loving Erik Winter, the older family man Bertil Ringmar, the hard-nosed Fredrik Halders, and the black Swedish detective Aneta Djanali. Two sets of crimes need to be solved. First, there are several young students who have been assaulted and almost killed. Second, there are several children who have been snatched by a stranger for short periods ...more
Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Edwardson excels here, much better than Death Angels in its pace, suspense, character development, humanity towards his protagonist, much abused in childhood. He has eliminated the excessive chatter that was in Death Angels, but left enough to convey the humor and personal lives of the several detectives. Brings together the 2 seemingly unconnected crimes against small kidnappings of the children and the brutal attacks on young men. Very compelling writing. Too bad more of his novels aren't tran ...more
Blair Kauffman
Recommended by a librarian colleague prior to visiting Gottenburg, Sweden, so I read it while traveling that part of the world. It's not as good as the current fad trilogy "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series but is a good introduction to an off beat Swedish world with recognizable places for anyone visiting Gottenburg. No regrets taking time to read it, but it's not great literature. ...more
Always looking for interesting new detective writers and here's another good Swedish author with an interesting detective, Eric Winter and his family and fellow detectives. Author was a journalist and lecturer at Gotheberg Univ. where the novel is set. He has won Swedish crime awards. Different from Wallander. In this one you get to know the childlike/adult perpetrator from the beginning and have some sympathy for him and what made him the way he is. I liked the characterisation of the other det ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow, slow, slow fast with obscure stories of the detectives thrown in. Really the book is well written but I am not a fan of books that take you along for a long time and then end all at once with a fast and confusing conclusion. I did find glimpses of Winter's life interesting and think he is an excellent example of how many hours police put in on the job to the detriment of their relationship with their own families. Also interesting were the references to how the Christmas holiday season is ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part of a series of books about a Swedish police detective. It was a real page turner and the lives of the officers on the two cases they are following are really filled out. The attacks and abductions take place during Advent and leading up to Christmas Day. You see the impact on the victims of these crimes, their families but also the police officers involved. From reading many Swedish novels it make is seem like a really dangerous place with lots of weird crimes. It must be the very l ...more
Ann Tonks
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is always an element of suspended disbelief in reading detective fiction. How can all those stories end up connected? But Ake Edwardson (or his translator) writes with a delicacy of tone and breadth of character than keeps one enthralled to the last minute.

And although it's a story of violence and torment, the writing isn't gratuitious. He connects us all to the "what might of been" and how our stories are not that far removed from the vioment and the tragic.

A good read.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I found it hard to engage with this book as it had a theme of child abjection and abuse running through it with which I'm never comfortable. There were also too many players for me to keep track of. Despite this I do think Edwardson's sense of narrative is more secure and flows more easily. ...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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