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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"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."
"This series is a tough, smart police procedural. . . . Edwardson is a masterful storyteller. . . . This is crime writing at its most exciting, with great atmosphere and superb characters."
-The Globe & Mail, Toronto
"A novel with the most exhilarating final 50 pages in recent crime fiction."
Erik Winter is getting ready to go on a short sabbatical - but one young girl is raped and then another one murdered in similar circumstances to a girl who was murdered 5 years... Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. .G. avid reader
The summer in Sweden turns out to be a very hot one, and everyone complains and sweats. Chief Inspector Erik Winter and his team of investigators become involved in a series of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Frank J. Konopka
Frankly, I forget what it was about, but I know I liked it. Busy with a book club assignment. Honest.Published 16 months ago by Joan C. D'Aleo
Ake Edwardson has created a complex detective in Erik Winter plus he is able to convey the moody climate of Sweden. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John R Korngiebel
An exciting police procedural from Ake Edwardson, featuring Chief Inspector Erik Winter. In this one, a heat wave has Gothenburg in its grip, heightening the tension as the cops... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anne Mills
Forget the other Swedish police procedural novelists you may have read....Edwardson's fourth Winter novel is a tour de force that races to a pulse-pounding ending. Read morePublished 21 months ago by bavinbrielle
Have enjoyed Ake Edwardson's Chief Inspector Erik Winter series. The story lines (murder-mystery) kept my interest along with the enjoyable characters.Published 22 months ago by Amy Stromberg