It s difficult to tell what the main problem with this book is the prose, or the translation It could be either Or both But either way, in English, this book is clunky The prose is distracting and frequently uses turns of phrase that make me shake my head Someone could see the headache Through your skull As opposed to just noticing that you were acting like you had a headache It s so devoid of elegance or grace It s just stiff.Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook I remember my daughter as a toddler, blond hair, mostly straight but with just a bit of poof to it, a wit far beyond her years, mostly unintentional, a love for Ariel and most other things Disney And when I read this book, the loneliness, the fear that this little girl felt I cried This, the second book by Edwardson I ve read, the first being the initial novel with Erik Winter, Death Angels, confirms what I felt about the first Edwardson is damn good I will add the next in the series Sun and Shadow in my TO BUY list A corpse of a woman, around 30, is found lying in a ditch, discarded as if trash No identification and no one is calling in a missing persons report that resembles her The autopsy shows no sign of sexual assault but it does reveal that she has given birth And so begins the quest to identify her and then her killer and to find a child Thus begins a twisted tale that takes Winter to various parts of the west coast of Sweden the coast itself, farmlands, the forests and even to Denmark to investigate a bank robbery from some 25 years back that went unsolved This journey weighs heavily on Winter s mind as he has become obsessed with the murdered woman and her child, a daughter around 4 or 5 years old Also, his girlfriend is pressuring him to make a bigger commitment of their relationship and both his sister and his mother are pressuring him to becomeinvolved in family The group of detectives under Winter s command is diverse a Swedish born black woman a pig headed, though good detective, semi racist several senior members who are considerably older than Winter who is their superior Amidst all of the confusion of an investigation that seems at times to go nowhere are an attack on one of his detectives which leaves her with a broken jaw and a shoot out among possible rival biker gangs where a uniformed officer was severely wounded As complex of a story the Edwardson has written, he has made itthan intriguing It was difficult at times to put down so I usually didn t I m not sure what it is about Scandinavian mysteries and cop shop novels that makes me enjoy them so but I do I ve enjoyed Icelandic novels, several from Norway Jo Nesbo is fantastic and of course, Sweden I look forward to many . Very enjoyable Swedish mystery wonderful characters and an interesting plot with great twists and turnsI read my first ke Edwardson book,Death Angels , a couple of weeks ago, and while I loved the characters and thought the plot was well done, the delivery of it all and conclusion explanation definitely fell short for me That book is in the first in Edwardson s Inspector Erik Winter series, and since there were so many things I liked about it, I decided to try the second one before making my mind up about the author.Verdict I m so glad that I did The Shadow Woman had all the positives of Death Angels great mystery and wonderful characters while missing the negatives feeling completely out of the loop and an abrupt ending Winter is wonderful and I loved him just as much as I did before his team appears again in this book and is just as well written I am predicting a romance between two of the characters and keeping my fingers crossed that it happens, because it would definitely be an opposites attract situation.Best of all, of course, is that the mystery is actually a good one One of my Goodreads updates halfway through was This book might have an amazing and mind bending plot I m still too confused to be sure Having now finished the book, I can happily tell you that it did indeed have some terrific twists and turns some that I started to guess towards the end and others that caught mecompletelyoff guard Edwardson makes the reader just confused enough to make it interesting and keep you guessing, while leaving enough hints to make you eager to read on and see if what you re piecing together might be right As with Death Angels we re given different POVs throughout the book, though Winter s is the main one This includes the victim s and perpetrator s , though these are obviously quite obscure and don t always make sense when you read them, gaining new meaning as you get further in the story.I do have to say that I am still not completely sure I understand why the female victim did what she did when she did it I m referring to the actions that precipitate her death , but I have a feeling that may be something in terms of detail that was lost in translation It is laid out for us, but I was nonetheless left with a few questions.Having developed a little reader s crush on Winter and not being completely in love with his girlfriend, the only thing that s keeping me from wanting to read the other books is that I know from summaries that their relationship gets increasingly serious When we start the series, Winter is dating Angela, yet still getting postcards from other girlfriends and considering sleeping with other women We rarely see her and when we do, it almost always involves them having sex and sometimes includes a minor conversation, so I think it s no wonder that I don t really feel a connection with her She s somewhat of a flat character and slightly boring.Winter s sister and parents have roughly the same on page time as Angela, however they all come off as three dimensional characters There s a tension between Winter and his father that is as yet unexplained, though we re gettinginfo with each successive book.On to the next in the series Chief Inspector Erik Winter SeriesAs of May 2011, only books 1 5 have been translated into English Book 1Death Angels Book 2 The Shadow WomanBook 3Sun and Shadow Book 4Never End Book 5Frozen Tracks Book 6Segel aus Stein Book 7Zimmer Nr 10 Book 8V naste land Book 9N stan d d man Book 10Den sista vinternNOTEI do think this is one of those series that doesn t have to be read in order, but isenjoyable if you do. During Sweden s outdoor summer Gothenburg Party, an undercover policewoman is attacked In the middle of the August heat, a dead woman is found in a local park with no identification This is police procedural at its best As with some crimes that take place, there are no immediate clues and it is only through the tenacious investigations by a determined homicide team who broaden their search to all directions, even grasping sometimes at the most fragile leads The author brings us into the world of Chief Inspector Erik Winter Even with the identification of the dead woman seemingly leading nowhere, he still has a colleague in hospital, the victim of a brutal attack, and a shooting that takes place, also at the Gothenburg Party The situations that take his attention away from the dead woman s investigations aren t placed as red herrings, but, I think,as somewhat subtle sociological statements on the effects of immigration in Sweden, and to strike arealistic note in the novel, the note being that most crime squads do not have the luxury of only working on one case at a time, but have to juggle multiple unconnected cases.This is not a fast paced thriller with a lot of action, so I d recommend this only to readers who enjoy a slow, gradual and detailed look at peeling back layers of clues, and finding the connections between the past and the present. Rather than the publisher s blurb description above, which seems to want to dial up some tabloid style racial violence to splash on the book s back cover , ke Edwardson s mystery isabout detection in and of itself The ways the investigators may use to investigate, and the way crime gets brought to light Which is kind of a shame First, obviously, for the reader who just wants some sensational race baiting conflict, but also for those who might actually be after what s present in the real novel itself Simmering with ethnic discord Well, no, not so much A little, maybe, as there are some tremors of racial intolerance in the book But there is probably as much about the weather as there is about ethnic discord Maybe this is one of those national border things, where the home country s edition is truthfully described, but anything goes once it s a foreign edition Out of sight, out of mind, now with tabloid additives The book itself uses classic, tight Police Procedural methods in the early chapters a nearly perfect mystery in structural terms is laid out very carefully, at first The main conflict in the story begins to emerge only halfway through, as we witness the clockwork mechanism of the investigators ticking through its paces What begins to gain hold is the opposite of the procedural methods that flash of the old Holmesian inspiration, which defies logic in the clockwork sense of police work, but nudges the investigator toward glimpses of a new understanding It is maybe the very clinical strictness of the early going that offers the reader a shock, a moment of double take, when the detective takes the occasional unforeseen left turn in his quest What was once an admirable tenacity in sticking to procedure becomes a wild goose chase, at least to the outside observer the story is constructed well enought that the reader knows otherwise There is a problem that is general to most mysteries, and that is with Plausibility it is no better than 50 50 that readers will be able to accept the average detective s leaps of imagination The Holmes model was an excercise in straining that acceptance to the last, unravelling thread ke Edwardson s model is different, first setting up narrow definitions for the narrative that must somehow confront thechaotic, intuitive approach, as he arranges to bring it in And it s not without humorIt s often been shown that the choice of location is not random A murderer selects his spot I agree with you I think We have to ask ourselves why she was put there Why she was lying at Delsj Lake Then, why at that particular end of the lake Proximity to the road, Beier interjected Maybe Then we have to ask ourselves why she was lying exactly in that spot Not five yards this way or that You really go in for the mise en sc ne The mise en sc ne involves movement it s the opposite of standing still That was beautifully put, Beier saidGood characters, well rendered atmosphere, and no tabloid content Very near to four stars I ll be looking for other titles from Mr Edwardson as good as he is here with the continuing detective, I hope he does stand alone titles, which are generally a much better test of the author s talents. Book 2, in Inspector Erik Winter series and book 5 in the English versionThe order in which this series is translated in English is quite bizarre but don t let this concern you this is a decent police procedural, intricately constructed and stuffed with details of crime investigations way too much in my books Most of all, this mystery stands on its own, no worries if you start here.In a prose that is bleak, Mr Edwardson takes as its backdrop the Biker War in Sweden in the mid 1990 however he only mentions this in the opening pages As the tradition imposes the story opens with the discovery of a woman s body and the following pages are taken up with Winter and his colleagues investigation into her identity and solving the murder Their efforts are slow, excruciating slow, minutia details, pages after pages of boring discussions, interrogations, etc As the story plods along there are talks about illegal immigrants, relations between Swedes and Danes and some personal anecdotes We need persistence to be rewarded Mr Edwardson does come through in his own time but far too late for my enjoyment With its stilted dialogue, choppy narrative, plot twists that are hard to follow and a story without charismatic characters, I would describe The Shadow Woman as a lackluster installment to this series and by far not my preferred.Having said this, I will nevertheless see what Sail of Stone has in store for me.one day PROTAGONIST Erik Winter, chief inspectorSETTING Gothenberg, Sweden SERIES 2 of 11RATING 3.25The stereotypical view of Sweden paints it as a place of calm and peacefulness The truth of the matter is that it is a place that is in a state of unrest Places such as Gothenberg are experiencing unprecedented violence and instances of gang warfare In fact, one of Gothenberg s police officers, Aneta Djanali, who is black, is severely injured by three men at the annual Gothenberg Party And then an unidentified woman is found in a nearby park, murdered and mutilated An autopsy reveals that she had borne a child Chief Inspector Erik Winter is called back from vacation to lead the investigation It s a time consuming task to identify the woman Always foremost in his mind is the child, who was likely kidnapped at the time of the murder As time passes on, he is certain that she has been killed as well Eerily, the investigation reveals that the victim, Helene, had experienced a traumatic event as a child and that her child is now living through almost the exact same scenario.I have become a huge fan of Scandinavian fiction in the past few years, and I really wanted to like THE SHADOW WOMANthan I did To me, Ake Edwardson is a competent writer but doesn t rise to the level of a Jo Nesbo or Asa Larsson The pace of the book was slow, and there were no action filled moments or dramatic suspense to pump it up The plot was complicated and confusing It was frequently unclear whether what was happening was in the past or the present I was often lost and found myself dissatisfied with the denouement However, several of the characters were well developed, notably Aneta s partner and an older woman who reports on the disappearance of Helene and her child At thirty seven, Erik Winter is the youngest chief inspector in the Gothenberg district in Sweden In this book, he seems much older than that, although he is struggling with the idea of making a commitment to his long time girlfriend who is anxious to start a family As I read, I kept awaiting a revelation that would explain why Winter was promoted at such a young age I never really saw anything that made him dramatically stand out from those around him.THE SHADOW WOMAN is the second in the Erik Winter series, although it is the fifth of the eleven series books to be published in English Edwardson is a 3 time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers Award for best crime novel. After finishing Jar City , my sister loaned me the next book in the series, Shadow Woman which I have to say, I liked even better Ake Edwardson is brilliant at plot, in particular I do have to say that the unusual plethora of unfamiliar names and places are difficult for this poor American But, especially if the book is being listened to, soon becomes very familiar Please do not let the fact that this book is from Iceland I sometimes think that we Americans tend to read books who were originally written in English But we re missing out, folks My sister s discovery of the Scandinavian wealth of books is just such an example A lot of us read the Steig Larsson books, but stopped there There s a LOTthan one writer turning out exciting, literate, thrillers Avec Son Sens Aigu Du Dialogue, Une Intrigue Tr S Efficace Et Un Fond De Noirceur D Sesp R E Qui N Est Pas Sans Rappeler Les Premiers Livres De James Ellroy, On Doit Tenir Ake Edwardson Pour Une Des R V Lations Du Polar ScandinaveG Rard Meudal, Le MondeLa Canicule Produit De Dr Les D Effets G Teborg, En Cette Fin D T Tensions Exacerb Es, Violences, Affrontements Quotidiens Dans Les Rues, La Ville Est En Bullition Quant Au Commissaire Erik Winter, Il Se Laisse Pousser Les Cheveux, Fait Du V Lo Et Se Baigne Chaque Jour Dans La Mer, En Se Demandant Combien De Temps Encore Il Pourra R Sister Aux Pressions D Angela, Qui Menacent Durement Sa Vocation De Dandy C Libataire Puis, Une Nuit, Le Corps D Une Inconnue Est D Couvert Pr S D Un Lac Des EnvironsPlong E Vertigineuse Dans Une Histoire De Solitude Et De D Possession, Cette Seconde Enqu Te D Erik Winter Touche Aussi Au Monde Secret Des Bikers Scandinaves Et Nous Entra Ne Jusqu Au Danemark Apr S Danse Avec L Ange , Ake Edwardson Confirme Ici Son Talent, Avec Un Ton Bien Lui, Excellant Dans Les Atmosph Res Plomb Es Et L Humour CinglantTraduit Du Su Dois Par Anna Gibson Als eine unidentifizierte Frauenleiche auftaucht, muss Winter tief in der Vergangenheit graben, um die komplizierten Zusammenh nge von damals und heute aufzukl ren Es hat seine Gr nde, warum kaum jemand die Frau kennt, aber sie hatte eine Tochter und Winter setzt alle seine Anstrengungen daran, das Kind zu finden.Auch in Die Schattenfrau ist es ein interessantes R tsel, das Winter in seiner besonderen Art versucht, zu entschl sseln Der Leser wird auf mehrere Umwege gef hrt, dabei flacht die Spannung aber niemals ab.Eben dadurch besticht ke Edwardson als Krimiautor Ein guter Plot, interessante Charaktere Haupt und Nebenfiguren und eine sorgf ltig konstruierte Spannungskurve Funktioniert.
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