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Stories this was just what I needed A proper noir Classic in the Sj wall Wahl lements and atmosphere yet much 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 beginning before the investigations take off seems to take a bit longer but it all binds in beautifully It s a beautiful lost very noir atmosphere first where Winter s parents live in Spain and then back to Gothenburg It s something of the same cold Sj wall Wahl Sweden and Good Thinking even in winter but it doesn t seem so out of date Unlike in the old noir you get to know the people much intimately Yet the same claustrophobic noir atmosphere is still there Sweden s second largest city yet it feels like a small village whereveryone knows who you are and where you live At least the bad guys do Great atmosphere and characters I ll definitely need to try another Edwardson soonThe claustrophobic atmosphere and some of the characters are what raised this to 4 stars The crime and its motivations were not the main virtues they seem to follow the Sj wall Wahl line too well There were also a few oddities in the translation by Laurie Thompson it seems some of the other books of the series are translated by others Death in Mumbai eg like greased lightning which I had always taken as a Finnishxpression but which apparently was here simply translated from Swedish I wanted to like this book Things that were good1 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 my lunch breaks because Sun and Shadow just wasn t very interesting Instead of focusing on 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 freuent references throughout the book to Baccarat : La lgende du cristal events that had happenedarlier and that were I suppose covered in the other books I had to guess at their significanceAnother problem that I had with the book was its formatting in Kindle Edwardson switches back and forth with the voice in which the story is told almost from paragraph to paragraph at times We ll get a few paragraphs of things from Erik Winter s perspective Then we may hear from his girlfriend Angela or from one of the policemen with whom he works That s not a problem O Colégio de Todos os Segredos except that there is almost always no break to show the change in voice So I m reading along thinking that I m still hearing Erik Winter s thoughts and suddenly I realize that the perspective has changed and this is someonelse s mind that I m in Really would it have killed them to put a double space between paragraphs that represent a change in perspective It certainly would have lessened my confusionAnd as long as I m putting my uibbles with the book up front Edwardson s narrative style seems passive in the xtreme I m not one who glories in reading the minute blood and guts details of horrible murders but it does help the reader I think to at

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be told the most matter of fact way possible just what has happened to the victims Here we have a couple murdered in their home who apparently had their heads cut off and stuck on the top of ach others bodies but this comes out ver so slowly and haltingly in the narrative When the police arrive on the scene it is merely hinted at but never stated Later another couple is attacked in their home and the man is killed but for some unknown reason the murderer doesn is killed but for some unknown reason the murderer doesn finish the job on the woman She is grievously injured apparently but we are never told what her injuries are And in the nding of the story we have the hero s pregnant girlfriend kidnapped and held captive for days and Spoiler alert finally rescued unharmed but we get no details of that kidnapping or the rescue We are simply told that it happened Very frustrating for the reader At least for this readerIn addition the story goes a bit Very frustrating for the reader At least for this readerIn addition the story goes a bit track arly on with a subplot concerning Erik Winter s parents who have retired to Costa del Sol in Spain His father suffers a health mergency and Erik goes there to be with them and the story just seems to meander along without any real purpose I assume this was intended to fully flesh out the character of Erik in the reader s mind But the digression goes on too long for my taste and didn t add much to the story When Erik returns to Sweden he has the further personal complications of his doctor girlfriend who is pregnant with their first child getting ready to move in with him Revived even though she obviously has reservations And then almost immediately he is plunged into the investigation of the gruesome murders This is certainly very different fromvery other Swedish or Scandinavian murder mysterythriller that I ve read in that it is told in such a passive voice While that isn t necessarily a bad thing Edwardson s iteration of it didn t catch my imagination The book was okay but just that No I didn t read this in Swedish they had it on maybe for free and I read it there because apparently I wasn t already bored Student Research Projects in Calculus enough with Swedish mystery novels I have to wonder at myself I hatedvery Dragon Tattoo book and read them all Not really read Listened to on Audible Sometimes its best to not listen t 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 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 uite get the Translated from Swedish by Laurie ThompsonIt had started rainingAt page 100 After an amazingly confused start where only stalwart fans of Edwardsson s Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter would bother to continue it has settled down I love these stories because they are based in G teborg and I can picture the places involved the lurking teenage gangs and the abundance of buskers I have been reading these as and when I can lay a hand on one so have been taking them out of order Ther. Orld of the gothic he becomes nmeshed in a riddle of nightmares where he must untangle good from vil and sun from shado. 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 grotesue double murders and the Love for Imperfect Things exhausting investigation that follows The plot is complex and it delivers the build up to a fine suspensefulndingEdwardson s style is literary The writing is strong A Heart of Stone especially the descriptive language and the dialogue After Detective Winter visits his father who has just had a heart attack and with whom Winter has had a strained relationship he tells his lover Angela about it What was it like seeing him again As if we d been chatting only last week Sure Depends what you mean We spoke about safe subjects Everything takes time He has to get better first Hmm Are you tired Not so tired that I can t indulge in a glass of duty free whiskey What about you These spare conversations circling around a subject like a dance are common Dialogueffectively carries the narrativeThe novel avoids Taking Instruction (Taboo, extensive descriptive passages that tend to slow the narrative movement Yet often the descriptive language is strong Here is anxample of a strong and spare description It was night in the apartment no lights burning any A standard lamp had been on all day but the bulb had gone As dawn broke autumn sidled in through the venetian blinds and a roller blind in the bedroom let in patches of light I would uibble with a couple of things pet peeves of mine in Edwardson s style I should add here that it s Language and Linguistics entirely possible that the first of these problems results from translation and may notxist in the original First the poor overused verb to be gets worked to within an inch of its life in the novel s prose both as the main verb in a sentence and as the helping verb used with a main verb in the ing progressive form I ll italicize Divertimento examples in the following short paragraph to demonstrate Winter was walking along the Ricardo Soriano It wasvening again He went into the cerveceria Monte Carlo and ordered a glass of draft beer at the bar The place was full of men watching a football match on a large screen Real Madrid versus Valladolid He drank his beer and felt comfortable among all the shouting There were no women inside the bar They were sitting at tables on the pavement outside waiting for the match to Love Is a Fairy Tale end and thevening to begin Five to be verbs in a short paragraph The problem All these to be verbs kill the immediacy of reader Promise at Dawn experience of what happens Compare the following possibilities Winter walked along or The bar overflowed with men watching or All the women sat at tables on the pavement outside Revising to be verbs into action verbs is a staple of good writingMy second uibble Edwardson tends to filter sensexperience instead of giving it to the reader directly Here s what I mean Detective Winter goes into a bar and the narrator tells us Winter could hear people speaking Norwegian Swedish and German The readers should xperience the bar not have Winter xperience it for them It would be Bangkok Wakes to Rain easy to revise this passage to say People at the tables around him spoke Norwegian Swedish and German That way the readerxperiences the polyglot with Winter instead of being told that Winter The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery experienced it This kind of filtering is too common in the novelOkay with all that said this book was a good read I recommend itspecially for fans of Scandinavian crime fiction It s a strong Darkmere example of the genre The complex plot builds slowly and in thend delivers a strong Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? example of the genre The complex plot builds slowly and in thend delivers powerful driving finish 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 to this book than just stopping a murdererEdwardson s novel 3rd in the series is of a character study As the pressures mount the author allows the readers inside the heads of the main characters not just the policemen but others involved in the story as well By providing an inside look into individual mindsets and psyches the author creates a bit of suspense the police investigation interweaves with these personal psychological insights so that there are a number of potential suspects by the time the nd comes This techniue are a number of potential suspects by the time the nd comes This techniue down the reading a bit but when all is said and done it made the book a bit interestingOverall the book is uite good but I do think by having missed the first two in chronological order I may have missed some of my own insights into Winter s character I would recommend it to readers who like Scandinavian crime novels and may not be aware of this author I now have the four books in translation so I ll be visiting back with Detective Chief Inspector Winter uite shortly 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 Scraps Of The Untainted Sky 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 biscuits and coffee and have some company for a short time are some readers cups of tea For myself however I m not really invested in the process so much I generally like the varied dynamics of a police force that you get in a procedural but thatnjoyment doesn t really outweigh the sense of stagnation that sometimes comes over me in the midst of one of these novelsI ll admit I like plot And while this is a literary The Eric Carle Gift Set element that may be somewhat out of vogue in contemporary literary fiction it is generally still highly valued in crime novels So while I appreciate the pleasure that one might take out of reading the intricate but often dull or frustrating uotidian burdens of a police investigation I usually prefer that the crime novels I readyschew that sort of realism in favor of some broader character development back story andor steadily Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century escalating tensionAll this preamble is to say that I have just finished and very muchnjoyed Sun and Shadow the first of Edwardson s Erik Winter novels to be translated into English although it wasn t the first in the series What is somewhat perplexing to me and apologies because thi. From the three time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers' AwardA couple are found murdered in their flat in Gothenburg the. S probably won t Fashion Design Course end up being the best of sells for this book is that Edwardson utilizes a number of tricks which I would normally really dislike in a novel But somehowven when all of these strategies and dare I say cheats are combined and I ll get to this momentarily the Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, end product is still a reallynjoyable well paced strongly characterized novel which I pretty much gobbled up in a few short daysTo start with the goodWinter is a great character He s reasonably uirky loves jazz and gourmet cooking there s several whole pages where he describes in recipe level detail the meal he makes on New Year s and we re told Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga early on that he s Sweden s youngest chief detective inspector As the book opens days before the new millennium however he is about to turn 40 and is starting to feel a bit introspective about his life This ismphasized by the ample family subplot that Edwardson builds around Winter when the book opens his father is dying and his longtime girlfriend who is six months pregnant with his first child is moving in with himEdwardson really takes his time with this domestic development In fact although the reader knows right from the start of the book that there has been a double murder the police don t discover it until just over 100 pages into the book The fact that such an Cincinnati and Other Plays elongated reveal works in a crime novel really speaks to howngaging Winter and the other detectives and characters are You want to spend time with them and become immersed in their lives rather than just jumping into the investigationAnther Speak Out! especially goodlement is the pacing I ve rarely gotten to the very I Like You the Best end of a procedural and actually felt a great deal of anticipation to see the case resolved That feeling that the police are so close to cracking the case doesn t usually catch with me But here Edwardson manages to develop suspense and build tension because the reader has spent 200 pages or so suspecting that they know who the murderer is I didn t guess the right person but I was pretty close So while the police investigation continues to narrow its suspects and get closer and closer to determining who the killer is their tangential investigations and incorrect suppositions are all the nail biting for the reader Now for thelements that shouldn t have worked but somehow really did1 Edwardson has a tendency to avoid grimdisturbingor otherwise particularly visual detail In some cases this is almost Hitchcockian we re chilled by what we can t see what we don t really know In others it s a little disorienting and maybe suggests a tad bit of sueamishnessavoidance on Edwardson s part I don t want to give too much away but let me say this the police discover the first murders around page 100 We know something terrible happened to the victims and they the corpses are described a little But Edwardson holds the real punch the actual what of the murders for about 60 pages And when you find out what was done it is an unexpected jolt But given the circumstances I was glad to not have had the scene f the crime described in all of its sordid detail that would have been a little muchThis withholding of details and descriptions happens in a few other notable instances some to lesser The collectors encyclopedia of antique marbles effect The least successfulxample happens at the The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico end of the book A major character is kidnapped for days The whole time chronology suddenly compresses Winter figures out where she is and the whole book is wrapped up neat n tidy within about five pages We re told that the woman wasn t hurt physically which great but because the booknds so uickly Edwardson also dodges the difficulty of writing the psychological fall out that the kidnapping victim would most definitely have after such an abduction We re simply told that one of these days it would all come back to her but not nowPerhaps never Which just seems way too asy It s possible given that the Winter series seems
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carry over lines and character history from book to book that this character s recovery will be dealt with in a later novel But that doesn t mean that you can just nip the ntire Punishment Of The Cheating Wife experience in this installment2 The novel really depends on a bit of a red herring bait and switch About a uarter of the way into the book I had made a guess of who the murderer was About half way through the book Edwardson begins really telegraphing this character as the killer A few other characters also seem like they might have some potential as the killer but there s really one who Edwardson focuses on And while this may seem too obvious it also plays into the general sense of tension You start to think that you re supposed to have guessed who the killer is and stop minding that it seems obviousThe problem is that when the character you suspect turns out to be innocent there s not a whole lot done toxplain the actual killer s motivations or background or particular psychosis There s a lot of groundwork done More Punishment For His Cheating Wife early on toxplain the killer s possible frame of mind and why he might choose to commit the murders in the way that he does This makes sense when you the way that he does This makes sense when you it s character A who is the killer but when character B is revealed it really doesn t Neither does the manner in which he selected his victims or the messages that he left the cops at the crime scene or the supposed clues that were to be found in the music that was playing at the scene of the first crime3 All too convenient Decision endangerment of major character and collision of plot and subplot The character who is the almost last victim is far too obvious far too relevant to Winter s life It s too convenient really However Edwardsonven makes this work He develops the character as a possible person of interest to the murderer and does offer something of an The View from Alameda Island explanation of why she was targeted Now she has nothing in common with the other victims and her kidnapping really just serves to ramp the novel s climax up to a dramatic level but I pretty much bought into it at thend Because again I was really invested in seeing this case resolvedIn closing I suppose I would say that Edwardson s ample gifts of characterization steady pacing and satisfyingly determined plot are what make Sun and Shadow a satisfying read I suppose it s something like reading an Agatha Christie novel You know that she s not playing by the rules you know you don t have all the clues that the detective does and you know that things are going to resolve themselves rather When Fox Is a Thousand easily and you know that all of the clues and plot points might not add up But thexecution no pun intended is so fluid and meticulous that you don t really mind so much in the nd After too many mediocre Scandinavian crime. Ir bodies symbolically arranged in a mysterious and grotesue fashion As Winter follows the trail of clues into the cult Sol och skugga

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