Erik Winter Novels
Ake Edwardson, another popular crime writer from Sweden, was born in 1953. He was a journalist, press officer for the United Nations, and professor at Gothenburg University, where his Inspector Erik Winter novels are set. He is a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers Award for the best crime novel.
DEATH ANGELS (2009)
It is a bit inconvenient that translated fiction series are sometimes published in Canada and the United States out of sequence. Death Angels, published in 1997 in Sweden, is the first book in the Inspector Erik Winter series, but the fourth published in English language, in 2009. Here the readers meet thirty-something Erik Winter, the youngest Chief Inspector in Swedish police history. Remote and prone to contemplation and introspection, he is also self-sufficient and confident, a bit of a snob, with a taste for expensive cars (drives a Mercedes), designer clothes, imported cigars and gourmet food. He is orderly and organized: his apartment is always in pristine condition, there is no mess on his desk in the office. Under that stiff surface, however, there are brewing emotions, intelligence, dedication, determination and a genuine desire to fight the crime.
In Death Angels, Chief Inspector Winter teams up with a Scotland Yard detective to solve a case of parallel killings of Swedish and British tourists. The killer films the butchery; the trail leads into the scary world of snuff films, night clubs and strip bars. The big break comes from a burglar who finds some blood strained cloths in the apartment he broke into.
SUN AND SHADOW (2005)
In Sun and Shadow, Edwardson’s North American debut, but chronologically the second book in the 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, Amazon.com)
NEVER END (2006)
It's summer in Sweden. As the coastal city of Gothenburg suffers through a heat wave, Chief Inspector Erik Winter broods over a series of unsolved rape-murders. The crimes bear an eerie resemblance to a five-year-old case that the mercurial detective has refused to let go cold. Has the same rapist reemerged to taunt him, or is a copycat at work? And can Winter find a common thread among the victims before there are more of them? With Never End, Åke Edwardson brings American readers another installment of the smart, suspenseful, atmospheric series that has won him legions of fans all over the world. (Amazon.com, Product description)
FROZEN TRACKS (2007)
The autumn gloom comes quickly on the Swedish city of Gothenburg, and for Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter the days seem even shorter, the nights bleaker, when he is faced with two apparently unrelated sets of perplexing crimes. Mysterious assaults on college students in Gothenburg’s parks are carried out in the dark of the night, while during the day toddlers are abducted from their nursery schools and quickly returned, seemingly unharmed, before anyone even notices they are missing. Investigating these bizarre cases, D.C.I. Winter and his team follow their scant leads to “the flats,” the barren prairies of rural Sweden, whose wastelands conceal crimes as sinister as the land itself. Winter must deduce the labyrinthine connections between the cases before the culprit—or is it culprits?—closes in on his own family. (Amazon.com, Product description)
The Shadow Woman, the newest sequel in the series, is to be released in September 2010. Don't forget to check our catalogue for more of Scandinavian Noir!