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  • Series: Chief Inspector Erik Winter Novels
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (June 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670037664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670037667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,504,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Swedish author Edwardson's 12 Eric Winter novels are best-sellers in Europe, but this is only the second of the series to be published in the U.S., following last year's Sun and Shadow. Winter, the fortysomething chief inspector of police in the coastal city of Gothenburg, takes every case hard but none harder than the unsolved rape-murder of a young woman five years ago. Now, as the city endures a summer heat wave, a serial killer with a similar MO has begun to prey on more young women. Obsessed with finding the link between the killings, Winter sweats his way through an investigation fraught with dead ends, all the while remonstrating himself for being inattentive to his new wife and child. In the manner of Henning Mankell and Ian Rankin, the focus of the novel shifts effectively between members of the investigatory team, all plagued with personal problems. Edwardson's series is as much about character interaction as it is about story, but he is no slouch at building suspense, and his ability to make the sweltering heat a kind of secondary character--as in Hitchcock's Rear Window--only adds to the tension. Bill Ott
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"Top-class crime fiction... An unerring sense of pace, good tension, more than averagely believable characters and some neat twists" The Times "It's a chilling story that delves into the sordid underbelly of the city's illegal club nightlife. Edwardson leaves generous space for his detectives' personal lives, with one real shocker" -- Daneet Steffens Time Out "Ake Edwardson writes great endings... Never End [is] a novel with the most exhilarating final 50 pages in recent crime fiction" The Toronto Star "This series is a tough, smart, police procedural... and has the same gritty edge and great characters as the best of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct books" The Globe and Mail --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cory D. Slipman on February 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ake Edwardson in similar fashion to other Swedish crime novelists like the more famous Henning Mankell, chronicles a methodical homicide inquest while focusing in on both the psychological aspects of the suspects, victims and their police pursuers.

In a sweltering summer heat wave in the coastal town of Gothenburg, a corpse of a young woman is found in a hollowed out area within a thicket of trees in a local park. Pathology reports have determined that she had been sexually violated and strangled. Chief Inspector Erik Winter, in charge of the investigation, is stunned as the crime is eerily similar to an unsolved rape and murder committed 5 years ago in the exact same location.

Winter mobilizes his team to pore over the evidence but soon there is another young victim who was raped but survived. Her fragile psychological state provides few clues for Winter. Winter becomes obsessed with solving both the cold case of five years ago and the current crime wave. He is not without his misgivings as being a new father he's torn between sharing his time with his family and on the job.

Edwardson's nicely paced novel chronicles the arduous, dispiriting measures that the police go through while dealing with their own personal conflicts. He rightly devotes a more than adequate effort in character developement which adds reality to his plot
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Erik Winter is normally a fabulous dresser. But in the sweltering heat of a record hot summer in Gothenburg, the handsome chief inspector has exchanged his designer clothes for shorts and sandals. And he gives himself a further challenge by trying to quit smoking.

Drenched in sweat and nearly insane from nicotine withdrawal, Winter is not in great shape to find a serial killer.

A rape and a murder take place on after another in the same secluded spot in Slottsskogan Park. The sinister atmosphere of the crime scene is almost palpable to the reader, and to Winter, who's convinced that the killer returns here obsessively again and again.

Certain details in the killer's MO inspire Winter to check the files on a previous unsolved murder. Sure enough, there are grim similarities. Files and reports play an important role in this story. The truth, Winter feels certain, is buried somewhere in the reams of paperwork generated by police work.

As Winter and his team investigate, their various defeats and triumphs only seem to complicate the mystery. Interviewers come up against what feels like a wall of secrecy. The solution of the crime is hard won.

The private lives of Winter and his detectives offer satisfying subplots. I especially enjoyed the almost-love relationship between two of the detectives.

I always seem to experience confusion at some point in an Åke Edwardson novel. The author gets too tricky for me. This time it happened around the end. But I've decided that a little confusion doesn't matter much in a book that engrosses me as successfully the Erik Winter mysteries do.

Never End may not be perfect, but it's quite a good police procedural. I recommend it to fans of Swedish noir.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NorthShoreCanary on March 20, 2010
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After reading the first two blockbusting Steig Larsson books I went in search of anything similar. One of the reviews on the back of Never End said the last 50 pages was the most incredible ever mystery writing blah blah, so I bought it. Let me say that there is no comparison to the phenomenal Larsson books that have taken the world by storm. This book is not in that league but is worth the read. It is a good, dark and sexually creepy mystery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Rubendall on April 3, 2009
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Never End begins slowly. The reader struggles to make a coherent story from the details gathered by the detectives, who are also trying to make sense of confusing clues. As the story continues, however, the pace picks up. It left me breathless at the end. I love the Nordic style of Scandinavian authors.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandra S. Ansley on December 6, 2007
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This is a beautifully written, compelling book. I had a hard time putting it down. Ake Edwardson is an exciting, skillful writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John A. Roynesdal on April 18, 2012
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I've been reading this mystery on and off. It gets on my nerves. It is never ending. I go back and then stop. It is never ending, the same over and over, with no relief. The detectives plod their way along. I am an enthusiastic reader of mysteries from all countries. But swedish mysteries are getting on my nerves; the swedes can't get over their heat or their cold [I am scandinavian, by the way]- and this permeates their writing. I will finish this novel. I have taken a pledge. I kept up to page 100 and it appeared to pick up; but, alas, I put it down only to pick up again and so on and so on - will it ever end!!! And if there is some kind of solution, will I care??? Alas!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Whitney on December 27, 2009
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I am compelled to offer a rare review, because I was sadly misled by the Amazon rating of five stars. No serious reader of crime fiction--particularly the excellent Swedish work of Mankel and Larsson alluded to by the previous reviewers--would find this book readable.

Where to start? First, with CDI Winter. He is notably a sophisticate, dressed in Versace, who mostly seems incompetent as a detective. He is led to the solution by a grueling (to the reader) sequence of false or blind steps, involving no serious detecting. He leaves the interrogation to a specialist who unearths nothing at all. When he deigns to question a witness himself, Winter usually confronts an obvious lie by asking, "Why are you lying," engendering the predictable response, "I'm not," whereupon he drops the subject invariably! The prime witness is never pressed on her lie--a blunder which caused much delay and a near death. Winter's as bad a detective as Wallendar or Rebus are good.

The writing is simply dreadful. The chapters are often a jumble of sections unrelated in time or theme, and their division is puzzling (one chapter ended mid-scene and the next finished it). The colloquy is pedestrian: many pages contained only sequences of one- or two-line paragraphs, including 21 "Eh?"s. The interrogations usually went nowhere, and the colloquy often was nothing but short back-and-forth nonsense. The author seems unfamiliar with the usefulness of antecedents, leaving us to wonder who or what is being described. The vast majority of sentences begin with the subject followed immediately by verb and a short race to the full stop. The character of Winter and others is revealed not by what they say or do, but by their thoughts alone, in an unfamiliar style forcing the reader into the mind itself.
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