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 OttCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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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."