Sun and Shadow

Sun and Shadow

An Erik Winter Novel

Book - 2006
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Meet charismatic detective Erik Winter, the youngest chief inspector in Sweden. Beneath his sharp suits and stylish exterior, Winter is moody and intuitive, completely consumed by the crimes he's trying to solve. In this atmospheric, heart-stopping tale, Winter's troubles abound - and a bloody double murder on his doorstep is just the beginning. Following the trail of clues left by the killer leads Winter into the cult world of the gothic - a riddle of nightmares, of good versus evil, of sun and shadow.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, [2006]
ISBN: 9780143037187
0143037188
Branch Call Number: EDWARDSO A
Characteristics: 392 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-

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genepy
Mar 01, 2018

Very slow to start , the reader has to wait until page 150 for the first murders which is very unusual in a
detective story . The first part of the novel is dedicated mostly to the main hero’s ( Erik Winter ) personal life. The lenghthy sessions with the police psychologist do not help this slow-paced inquest.
However the heavy atmosphere and gradual discovery of clues are probably intended to give the reader a realistic vision of a police procedural and makes the denouement more spectacular.

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maipenrai
Oct 04, 2013

** 1/2 STARS This is book number 1 in the Erik Winter series. For more than a week a newspaper boy has watched his deliveries piling up behind a front door. When Chief Inspector Erik Winter and his team enter they find a murdered couple arranged in a disturbing tableau, death metal music playing, and a message written on the wall. The case eventually leads to a possible sexual "couple swapping" scenario. Chief Inspector Erik Winter has other concerns on his mind: the murder has taken place very close to home and his pregnant girlfriend is nervous because of mysterious silent phone calls. When the investigation unearths a possible link between the murders and the police force, even friendly faces are not to be trusted. When the killer strikes again, Winter is in a race against time to protect both the city and his family. I had hoped that reading the first book in the series would help me like the books more. I do enjoy Mr. Edwardson's character development, but have mixed feelings about the mysteries. Mild recommendation

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meyoubou
Aug 28, 2013

A very good read.

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emerge
Nov 16, 2012

I had read the previous book by this author & thought it a good murder mystery. This one was less so. I don't know whether it's the translation process or differences in native speech but I found the dialogue stilted & difficult to follow. Often, you're not sure who is actually speaking. Much is left out of discussion, leaving it to the reader to try to fill in the blanks & the ending is unsatisfying. When the killer is finally revealed, we learn nothing about his motivation or what lead to his spree. It felt like there must have been clues along the way that I should have picked up on but either missed or couldn't understand.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is book #3 in the Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter series set in Göteborg, Sweden; it has a disjointed plot with an inexplicable ending and all the subplots left hanging, some of which are specific to this book and should not be part of the larger series (whether they will be or not); and we’re told things that the detectives don’t know, which is inexcusable in a police procedural.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is book #3 in the Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter series set in Göteborg, Sweden; it has a disjointed plot with an inexplicable ending and all the subplots left hanging, some of which are specific to this book and should not be part of the larger series (whether they will be or not); and we’re told things that the detectives don’t know, which is inexcusable in a police procedural.

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