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Sun and Shadow

(Inspector Winter #3)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,285 ratings  ·  162 reviews
From the three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers' Award.

A couple are found murdered in their flat in Gothenburg, their bodies symbolically arranged in a mysterious and grotesque fashion. As Winter follows the trail of clues into the cult world of the gothic, he becomes enmeshed in a riddle of nightmares, where he must untangle good from evil and sun from shadow.
Published June 1st 2006 by Vintage (first published 1999)
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This is apparently the third book in Ake Edwardson's Erik Winter series, but it was the first one to be translated into English from the original Swedish and so was the first one I was able to read. This put me a bit at sea as a reader because there were frequent references throughout the book to events that had happened earlier and that were, I suppose, covered in the other books. I had to guess at their significance.

Another problem that I had with the book was its formatting in Kindle. Edwards
Gary Guinn
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sun and Shadow, the first Detective Erik Winter novel by Swedish writer Ake Edwardson to be translated into English (1999), is a dark psychological mystery that chronicles two grotesque double murders and the exhausting investigation that follows. The plot is complex, and it delivers the build-up to a fine suspenseful ending.

Edwardson’s style is literary. The writing is strong, especially the descriptive language and the dialogue. After Detective Winter visits his father, who has just had a hear
Teri Zipf
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
No, I didn't read this in Swedish, they had it on Amazon, maybe for free, and I read it there because, apparently, I wasn't already bored enough with Swedish mystery novels. I have to wonder at myself. I hated every Dragon Tattoo book and read them all. Not really read. Listened to on Audible. Sometimes its best to not listen to really good things on Audible so you don't mind interruptions and you don't care that really only heard half of it.

I never read an Erik Winter novel before, but Erik Win
Nancy Oakes
Sun and Shadow rolls out month by month, and begins in the months just prior to the new millenium. Set in Goteborg, Sweden, the action begins to heat up with the discovery of a truly grizzly double murder that leads Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter and his team into a very dark place. The only clue left behind is a tape of some bizarre kind of metal music, and Winter knows that he and his team are going to be lucky to solve this gruesome crime. That's the basic story, but there's a lot more ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-sweden
So I got to page 197 and realized that I didn't care about Winter, Angela, the other cop's marriage, whether Winter did anything with the girl in Spain, or anything. ...more
Although Edwardson has been on my list of Scandinavian crime authors to read for some time, I had previously put off reading any of his novels because they had been described as rather stringent procedurals, and as a rule, I am not a huge fan of this genre. I understand that meticulous investigations--with their red herrings and dead-end leads and countless interviews with doddering old women who may have seen something relevant to a crime but really just want to serve the dashing inspector bisc ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first foray into the world of Erik Winter. I liked it a lot. I've also been reading the Irene Hiss series which takes place in Goteborg, very different! I still don't quite get the killers motivation in this but I liked the characters, and I'll happily read the next one. ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of exotic noir
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2012
After too many mediocre Scandinavian crime stories, this was just what I needed. A proper noir. Classic in the Sjöwall & Wahlöö elements and atmosphere, yet much more modern.
Meet Erik Winter, 39, in a crisis because of his life changing - his girlfriend just moved in, and he'll soon be a dad. While he and his fiancee should be spending their time getting ready for Winter Jr's arrival, Winter gets involved in the investigation of a brutal murder of a couple a few steps from his home. The beginni
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, scandinavian
I wanted to like this book.

Things that were good:
1. The setting - Gothenburg, Sweden. I loved the cold, both in the landscape and in the relationships between the characters.
2. The murders - Black metal, dismembered bodies, and obvious female issues? Yes! Gruesome, just the way I like it in my thrillers.

And... that was about it.

The book was LONG. It took me, an seasoned fast reader... 25 DAYS TO FINISH. True, I've been busy. But I also haven't wanted to pick it up at night or at work during
Although Sun and Shadow is not Åke Edwardson's first book featuring Erik Winter, the youngest chief inspector of Sweden's police force, it is the first book published in English. Go figure. My criticisms of the book have much to do with the fact that the main character particularly was not fleshed out enough for me to care much about him. Undoubtedly this has something to do with the order of publication. I picked up P.D. James after some time away and found I could make a similar complaint abou ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I didn't begin reading Ake Edwardson' series from the beginning. It might be that the author needed some time to really reach his stride, and so he does with this Erik Winter series issue. Much better than the second of the series and a good suspenseful yarn despite giving us a few extra clues that pointed to the villain sooner than I expected.
In all, an enjoyable book.
Tracy Ditirro
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
could have been better... too much nonsense plot which lead to confusion.
Mike Cuthbert
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Åke Edwardson was a new author to me in my Nordic Noir adventures and he’s a good one to find. This novel is unusual in that it combines a good murder story with continuing developing characters on several levels: pregnancy, marriage, horny 30-somethings, concern for one’s colleagues and, of course, Sweden’s famous cold weather. Oops! Not usually in Göteborg, which was one thing I discovered among many interesting things during the course of the investigations in the book. Göteborg is spelled “G ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who had done that? Who could do anything like that? Put up your hand, whoever did it. Come on, hands up!

Okay, this book got me in the end.

This is the third book in a series about Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter of Gothenburg, Sweden, and in this instalment, Winter is investigating a quite brutal double homicide while he also comes to terms with significant personal turmoil and changes.

It was the first to be released in English, and you can see why. Not because it's the most well-written s
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my best Ake Edwardson till now. For several reasons: the thriller has a clever plot, rather unique and not hiding for mentioning facts of nowaday's life, and it shows more of the character of Eric Winter than Edwardson did before.
But above all this thriller did not - as so many other thrillers by whoever do - 'finish in a second what has been built in a long hardly any development showing account of everything before'. Ake Edwardson took some time, not all the time, to let the reader fol
Deb Jones
Ake Edwardson has written yet another compelling drama in the Inspector Erik Winter series. This character-driven police procedural series is set in Sweden, providing insights into the Swedish police and justice system.

Inspector Winter's father becomes gravely ill, necessitating his son to fly to Spain to be at his bedside. Meanwhile, his long-time girlfriend, Angela, is moving her things into his apartment, where they will live together for the first time. Angela and Erik are expecting their fi
Gina Mendola
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
It was very....different. Really into it but it was not easy to follow. It wrapped up way too conveniently and did not answer many of the questions, such as MOTIVE. One of the several other “hard to follow” issues was the dialogue. Long back and forth dialogue without a prompt as to who was saying what. Several times I had to start the conversation over and add a little ‘he said/she said’ in my head to figure out who said what. Specifics that would have filled out the plot were left out or only ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-european
Such fun - at first, the clues are so obvious, that you start to think the writer's not very good. Then as the clues start to pile up - all pointing in different directions - you have the delicious fun of an author telling a crashingly good murder mystery with a twinkle in his eye. Yes, it's gruesome (it's a Scandinavian murder mystery after all), but Edwardson has a wonderful touch. ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
First I have to say that I haven't read the first two books of this series, therefore I can be missing some facts. The story is told on interesting way, there are many things happening in parallel from which the author jumps suddenly. This is something new for me and I have only seen it on moves, but is interesting. The suspense is there until the end like it should for every crime book. In all, fast read and interesting. ...more
Sappho Charney
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
It's always hard to tell when reading a translated novel if you're hearing the author or the translator, but in this case I just wasn't sufficiently interested in the plot of this police procedural. The characters were interesting enough, but the pace was very even keel, despite dramatic events at every turn. Not enough there to make me want to read the rest in the series. ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to return the book to Overdrive and wait for it before I was able to finish it. The story was well-written but I wish it had been over sooner. It was a bit too gory for me-when the major murder scene was described, I don’t want to picture it. I’m liked the characters and hope to read more in the series.
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
My review might be skewed because the way it was printed in e-book was difficult to follow - there were often no breaks between POVs, and I struggled to differentiate between characters, particularly since the author was trying to make me question which of 3-4 different suspects were the murderer. However, by the end I was fully invested and eager, so I give it 4 stars.
Carole Fox
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
The story was very difficult to read because of poor formatting of the epub version, which included no breaks when the author switched voices. And the author switched voices far too often, which made the story feel choppy. The plot was interesting, but the book just did not seem well-written. Perhaps it lost something in translation.
Maya Morikawa

Couldn't get into it,wandering hither and thither,just no interest in the characters.Lots of hints who is the criminal,and early in the piece narrowed it down to three.It was one of them.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5. Maybe it reads better in Swedish but I struggled. Very choppy, too much extraneous detail in every section. The attempts to make you suspect multiple characters are far too heavy handed.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was OK. I may try another in the series as I love police procedurals 😊
Donna Lee
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Swedish mystery novel. Very amospheric, great character development...but terribly weak ending. Not recommended.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The first I've read by this author, and I liked it despite the length and abrupt ending. ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
The plot seemed very promising and intriguing, but I could not get behind any of the characters. They all were very one-dimensional. They made the plot drag on and I quickly lost interest.
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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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