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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143037188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143037187
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cars from Sweden are known for being dependable and safe, but like this American debut from a celebrated Scandinavian crime writer, their stolid lines don't necessarily spark excitement. Erik Winter, a jazz-loving, gourmet-cooking detective, is a blaze of color amid the drab postwar apartment blocks of Gothenburg, a city reeling from a macabre double murder. Winter, whose normally secure battlements are assaulted by family tragedy and the impending birth of his first child, sets out to follow the dark drops of gore blooming in the snow. The path leads in any number of interesting directions—through thickets of death metal enthusiasts and swingers, through winds of psychosexual trauma—but these subjects never pierce the book's colorless atmosphere. Excessive exposition slows down an already unhurried plot, which Americans fond of glib investigators on CSI and Hannibal Lecter's piercing irony will find insufficiently suspenseful. The villain is comparatively bland, and the translation often awkward: Winters takes a "softly softly approach" so that his witness doesn't get "chary." Add in an insistence on mundane details, such as the particulars of a simple bank transaction, and the results smother any flame of personality. All the blocks that built this gothic ice cathedral are cut straight, but assembled without the design of a compelling thriller.
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Eric Winter, at 40, is Sweden's youngest chief inspector, but his brow is already starting to furrow in the manner of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander. In this American debut of what promises to be a superior procedural series, a plethora of seemingly insoluble problems contribute to Winter's sense of growing discontent: his father is dying in Spain; his pregnant girlfriend is moving into his apartment; and a bloody double murder suggests a serial killer. As in the Wallander series, the focus here lands not only on the hero but also on his entire team, as Edwardson details the slow grind of the investigative process. The action, beginning in fall 1999 and extending into spring 2000, effectively uses the Y2K panic to heighten the sense of troubled waters approaching that grips Winter and those around him. The comparison to Mankell is obvious, but in many ways, this series harkens further back, to Sjowall and Wahloo's early Martin Beck novels, in which another youngish Swedish inspector was beginning to realize that sometimes a crime's solution solves nothing. Bill Ott
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Customer Reviews

I thought it plodded and was somewhat boring.
Against the Wind
In the hands of this author, it was more like, "I'm glad he's OK!"
Cameron C. Stevens
Even the other characters in the book were not appealing.
G. Messersmith

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jim Coughenour on November 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm rating this book 5 stars just to bring up the abysmal rating given by the only other reviewer so far; it deserves better. I'm an aficionado of Scandinavian detectives (see my manic list elsewhere). Edwardson's books are as enjoyable as any. "Never End" - the sequel to this book - is maybe richer, but "Sun and Shadow" serves as an excellent introduction to the icy world of Winter & company. The plot evolves in several dimensions and casts its own bleak spell. Connoisseurs of crime fiction won't want to miss it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Angela on January 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am a very big fan of Scandinavian crime novels, being from Norway I guess that is a no-brainer.
While I have thoroughly enjoyed Mankells series, I was looking for something a bit more contemporary and edgier. I found it with Erik Winter. I think he breaths of fresh air into the genre. He's not an aging detective but a rising star in the force. He is smart and very complex, but also has a softer side when it comes to his family/personal life. Don't expect a Henning Mankell type novel. Both 'Erik Winter' books are very much worth reading and I recommend reading them in sequential order. I'm anxiously waiting for the third to come so I can pour me a glass of wine and have an evening with Mr. Winter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cory D. Slipman on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ake Edwardson's "Sun and Shadow" is a worthy addition to the rapidly growing genre of Scandinavian crime dramas being translated for consumption for the English speaking market. Edwardson, however uses a slightly different formula. He devotes nearly one third of his novel developing both his characters, particularly protagonist, Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter and his setting, Gothenberg, Sweden. He gives us brief glimpses at the heinous crime that will become Winter's focus.

Gothenberg is at the onset of both Christmas and the celebration of the new millenium when a brutal double murder with obvious sexual overtones is uncovered. Inspector Winter whose life is in flux owing to the anticipation of fatherhood, had recently been jetting back and forth to the Costa del Sol in Spain. His father lying on his deathbed had succumbed to his illnesses. With personal issues cluttering his mind, he now must focus on coordinating the investigation of this killing.

We soon learn through the ongoing inquest that the murder seems in some way related to couples who fulfill their sexual fantasies by wife swapping. Eyewitnesses around the crime scene report that a man in uniform was seen around the time of the murders. Could Winter possibly be searching for one of his own?

Edwardson leads us through his plot at a leisurely pace not revealing too much but concluding is a frenetic fashion as time is of the essence, as the murderer is poised to strike again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Against the Wind on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I struggled through to read this book only to disappointed at the end. The writting is very disjointed hanging the scene and charecters after a couple of paragraphs. There were many events that happened in the story that added nothing to the story line. Murders that occur are vaguely described and the detectives seemes kind of dumb. For example, (SPOILER ALERT), it took them over half the book to realize that the couples were involved in swinging. It comes evedent early on due to the mulitple semen types disovered from varying periods that this would be the case. I thought it plodded and was somewhat boring. If you like Henkell,Nesbo don't bother with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 11, 2009
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This is not a relaxing read. The world is on the verge of the new millennium, and everybody's nerves are on edge. The cops are out in force, expecting every celebration to turn into a riot.

For his part, Erik Winter, the cool-headed Chief Detective Inspector of Gothenburg, is facing enough major life changes to shake anyone's composure. His father is dying, his pregnant girlfriend Angela is moving in, and he's about to turn forty. What's more, his neighborhood has just become the scene of perhaps the nastiest murder case in Swedish history.

A man and wife are found dead in their apartment, black metal music screeching in the background. Their bodies have been gruesomely desecrated - I won't say how. Even the author is slow to give us the details, as if horrified by his own plot.

The investigation opens up "abysses lurking in the human condition." Even the cops are having anxiety attacks. The vicar who offers counseling to the police is kept exceedingly busy.

The mood of anxiety and alienation that we expect of Scandinavian writers is very much present in Edwardson's style. At the same time, the reader feels somewhat protected from evil by the strength of Winter's character and the forces of good. (Erik "sometimes" believes in God.)

Here and there Edwardson drops a chunk of storyline, leaving too many details to our imagination. I'm not fond of this type of literary vagueness. But all in all, SUN & SHADOW is an absorbing book, and I'll be going on with the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Srdjan Pesic on October 10, 2011
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Ake Edwardson seems like a different kind of mystery writer than the average. The influx of Scandinavian mysteries, in my opinion, completely revived the genre. Before this great gift, I stopped reading American crime novels. Almost every book I've read was British. The American novels were all about plot and excitement, trying not to tax the reader too much. Like an average predictable Hollywood movie aimed at 13 year old boys.
Well, I need more than the bare minimum. Luckily we got the Scandinavians. They are different sort of people, and so are their crime novels. Quiter, darker in mood and thoughts,and demanding much more from the reader. " Sun and Shadow" is one of those books. Set in last few months of 1999 in Gothenburg, Sweden, brings back the madness of the last year of the second millenium. Mr. Edwardson's characters are real people, somewhat lost in both the time they live in and the bloody murder cases they work on. They rant, brainstorm or just talk plain nonsense. But they are alive and easy to identify with. Another winner from Sweden.
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