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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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"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."
-Booklist

"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."
-Toronto Star
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Product Details

  • Series: Chief Inspector Erik Winter Novels
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143112430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143112433
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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 pursue a serial rapist. As usual, Winter faces personal problems, as do most of his colleagues, adding a layer of interest as the various members of the investigating team come into focus. But Winter is more of a typical hero than most of the Scandie detectives, good looking and sucessful, and more focussed on his career than on weltschmertz or social inequity. This makes him less psychologically interesting than, say, Wallander, and for me makes the series more like a US or British procedural.
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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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There are a series of rape/murders taking place in a city park over a period of time. Is there one killer? Are there two? Or more? This tangled web will come unraveled due to the diligence (sometimes hair pulling) of Chief Inspector Eric Winter (an interesting chap, quite cool until the end when even his even temperament breaks due to ultra-extreme frustration), and Detective Inspector Fredrik Halders (throughout the book dealing with a great tragedy of his own). The characters are all interesting and quite finely drawn.

I like the writing style. Sometimes if even drifts into a stream of consciousness motif, then pulls back into direct narrative. There is an innovative use of words - colloquial at times.

I did not find the ending (those last crucial 50 pages) greatly suspenseful. Interesting, yes, but I was not sitting on the edge of my seat. It may be the difference in a whodunit between major or minor character(s) being the villains. In a book with a lot of suspects fleeting through, one sometimes has to flip the pages back to make sure the one being referred to is correctly pinpointed and remembered.

Nevertheless, Ake Edwardson is a master of creating atmosphere and setting, and razor sharp describing his characters. Perhaps a tighter plot with more of a surprise ending would have been the icing on the cake. Still, it's a solid offering and I will be reading another Eric Winter novel now that more are available in translation.
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