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I wanted to like this book Things that were good 1 The setting Gothenburg, Sweden I loved the cold, both in the landscape and in the relationships between the characters 2 The murders Black metal, dismembered bodies, and obvious female issues Yes Gruesome, just the way I like it in my thrillers And that was about it The book was LONG It took me, an seasoned fast reader 25 DAYS TO FINISH True, I ve been busy But I also haven t wanted to pick it up at night or at work during my lunch breaks because Sun and Shadow just wasn t very interesting Instead of focusing on the gore or the mystery solving or the action of the plot, Edwardson meanders through a few months of multiple troubled characters, none of whom are particularly compelling or interesting The mystery wraps up unconvincingly The inspector comes off as not particularly bright And I was just glad to have stopped the thing. So I got to page 197 and realized that I didn t care about Winter, Angela, the other cop s marriage, whether Winter did anything with the girl in Spain, or anything. @DOWNLOAD EBOOK ⚠ Sol och skugga Ý From The Three Time Winner Of The Swedish Crime Writers AwardA Couple Are Found Murdered In Their Flat In Gothenburg, Their Bodies Symbolically Arranged In A Mysterious And Grotesque Fashion As Winter Follows The Trail Of Clues Into The Cult World Of The Gothic, He Becomes Enmeshed In A Riddle Of Nightmares, Where He Must Untangle Good From Evil And Sun From Shadow Sun and Shadow rolls out month by month, and begins in the months just prior to the new millenium Set in Goteborg, Sweden, the action begins to heat up with the discovery of a truly grizzly double murder that leads Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter and his team into a very dark place The only clue left behind is a tape of some bizarre kind of metal music, and Winter knows that he and his team are going to be lucky to solve this gruesome crime That s the basic story, but there s a lotto this book than just stopping a murderer.Edwardson s novel 3rd in the series isof a character study As the pressures mount, the author allows the readers inside the heads of the main characters not just the policemen but others involved in the story as well By providing an inside look into individual mindsets and psyches, the author creates a bit of suspense the police investigation interweaves with these personal psychological insights so that there are a number of potential suspects by the time the end comes This technique slowed down the reading a bit, but when all is said and done, it made the book a bitinteresting.Overall, the book is quite good but I do think by having missed the first two in chronological order I may have missed some of my own insights into Winter s character I would recommend it to readers who like Scandinavian crime novels and may not be aware of this author I now have the four books in translation, so I ll be visiting back with Detective Chief Inspector Winter quite shortly. My first foray into the world of Erik Winter I liked it a lot I ve also been reading the Irene Hiss series which takes place in Goteborg, very different I still don t quite get the killers motivation in this but I liked the characters, and I ll happily read the next one. Although Edwardson has been on my list of Scandinavian crime authors to read for some time, I had previously put off reading any of his novels because they had been described as rather stringent procedurals, and as a rule, I am not a huge fan of this genre I understand that meticulous investigations with their red herrings and dead end leads and countless interviews with doddering old women who may have seen something relevant to a crime but really just want to serve the dashing inspector biscuits and coffee and have some company for a short time are some readers cups of tea For myself, however, I m not really invested in the process so much I generally like the varied dynamics of a police force that you get in a procedural, but that enjoyment doesn t really outweigh the sense of stagnation that sometimes comes over me in the midst of one of these novels.I ll admit I like plot And while this is a literary element that may be somewhat out of vogue in contemporary literary fiction, it is generally still highly valued in crime novels So while I appreciate the pleasure that one might take out of reading the intricate, but often dull or frustrating quotidian burdens of a police investigation, I usually prefer that the crime novels I ready eschew that sort of realism in favor of some broader character development,back story, and or steadily escalating tension.All this preamble is to say that I have just finished, and very much enjoyed, Sun and Shadow, the first of Edwardson s Erik Winter novels to be translated into English although it wasn t the first in the series What is somewhat perplexing to me and apologies, because this probably won t end up being the best of sells for this book is that Edwardson utilizes a number of tricks which I would normally really dislike in a novel But somehow, even when all of these strategies and dare I say, cheats are combined and I ll get to thismomentarily , the end product is still a really enjoyable, well paced, strongly characterized novel which I pretty much gobbled up in a few short days.To start with the good Winter is a great character He s reasonably quirky loves jazz and gourmet cooking there s several whole pages where he describes, in recipe level detail, the meal he makes on New Year s and we re told early on that he s Sweden s youngest chief detective inspector As the book opens days before the new millennium , however, he is about to turn 40 and is starting to feel a bit introspective about his life This is emphasized by the ample family subplot that Edwardson builds around Winter when the book opens, his father is dying and his longtime girlfriend who is six months pregnant with his first child is moving in with him.Edwardson really takes his time with this domestic development In fact, although the reader knows right from the start of the book that there has been a double murder, the police don t discover it until just over 100 pages into the book The fact that such an elongated reveal works in a crime novel really speaks to how engaging Winter and the other detectives and characters are You want to spend time with them and become immersed in their lives, rather than just jumping into the investigation.Anther especially good element is the pacing I ve rarely gotten to the very end of a procedural and actually felt a great deal of anticipation to see the case resolved That feeling that the police are so closeto cracking the case doesn t usually catch with me But here, Edwardson manages to develop suspense and build tension because the reader has spent 200 pages or so suspecting that they know who the murderer is I didn t guess the right person, but I was pretty close So while the police investigation continues to narrow its suspects and get closer and closer to determining who the killer is, their tangential investigations and incorrect suppositions are all thenail biting for the reader Now for the elements that shouldn t have worked, but somehow, really did.1 Edwardson has a tendency to avoid grim disturbing or otherwise particularly visual detail In some cases, this is almost Hitchcockian we re chilled by what we can t see, what we don t really know In others, it s a little disorienting and maybe suggests a tad bit of squeamishness avoidance on Edwardson s part I don t want to give too much away, but let me say this the police discover the first murders around page 100 We know something terrible happened to the victims, and they the corpses are described a little But Edwardson holds the real punch the actual what of the murders for about 60pages And when you find out what was done, it is an unexpected jolt But given the circumstances, I was glad to not have had the scene f the crime described in all of its sordid detail that would have been a little much.This withholding of details and descriptions happens in a few other notable instances, some to lesser effect The least successful example happens at the end of the book A major character is kidnapped for days The whole time chronology suddenly compresses, Winter figures out where she is, and the whole book is wrapped up neat n tidy within about five pages We re told that the woman wasn t hurt physically, which, great, but because the book ends so quickly, Edwardson also dodges the difficulty of writing the psychological fall out that the kidnapping victim would most definitely have after such an abduction We re simply told that one of these days it would all come back to her, but not nowPerhaps never Which just seems way too easy It s possible given that the Winter series seems to carry over plot lines and character history from book to book that this character s recovery will be dealt with in a later novel But that doesn t mean that you can just nip the entire experience in this installment.2 The novel really depends on a bit of a red herring bait and switch About a quarter of the way into the book, I had made a guess of who the murderer was About half way through the book, Edwardson begins really telegraphing this character as the killer A few other characters also seem like they might have some potential as the killer, but there s really one who Edwardson focuses on And while this may seem too obvious, it also plays into the general sense of tension You start to think that you re supposed to have guessed who the killer is, and stop minding that it seems obvious.The problem is that when the character you suspect turns out to be innocent, there s not a whole lot done to explain the actual killer s motivations or background or particular psychosis There s a lot of groundwork done early on to explain the killer s possible frame of mind and why he might choose to commit the murders in the way that he does This makes sense when you think it s character A who is the killer, but when character B is revealed, it really doesn t Neither does the manner in which he selected his victims, or the messages that he left the cops at the crime scene, or the supposed clues that were to be found in the music that was playing at the scene of the first crime.3 All too convenient endangerment of major character and collision of plot and subplot The character who is the almost last victim is far too obvious, far too relevant to Winter s life It s too convenient, really However, Edwardson even makes this work He develops the character as a possible person of interest to the murderer and does offer something of an explanation of why she was targeted Now, she has nothing in common with the other victims and her kidnapping really just serves to ramp the novel s climax up to adramatic level, but I pretty much bought into it at the end Because again, I was really invested in seeing this case resolved.In closing, I suppose I would say that Edwardson s ample gifts of characterization, steady pacing, and satisfyingly determined plot are what make Sun and Shadow a satisfying read I suppose it s something like reading an Agatha Christie novel You know that she s not playing by the rules you know you don t have all the clues that the detective does, and you know that things are going to resolve themselves rather easily, and you know that all of the clues and plot points might not add up But the execution no pun intended is so fluid and meticulous that you don t really mind so much in the end. After too many mediocre Scandinavian crime stories, this was just what I needed A proper noir Classic in the Sj wall Wahl elements and atmosphere, yet muchmodern Meet Erik Winter, 39, in a crisis because of his life changing his girlfriend just moved in, and he ll soon be a dad While he and his fiancee should be spending their time getting ready for Winter Jr s arrival, Winter gets involved in the investigation of a brutal murder of a couple a few steps from his home The beginning before the investigations take off seems to take a bit longer, but it all binds in beautifully It s a beautiful, lost, very noir atmosphere first where Winter s parents live, in Spain, and then back to Gothenburg It s something of the same cold Sj wall Wahl Sweden and even in winter , but it doesn t seem so out of date Unlike in the old noir, you get to know the people muchintimately Yet the same claustrophobic noir atmosphere is still there Sweden s second largest city, yet it feels like a small village, where everyone knows who you are and where you live At least the bad guys do Great atmosphere and characters, I ll definitely need to try another Edwardson soon.The claustrophobic atmosphere and some of the characters are what raised this to 4 stars The crime and its motivations were not the main virtues, they seem to follow the Sj wall Wahl line too well There were also a few oddities in the translation by Laurie Thompson it seems some of the other books of the series are translated by others e.g like greased lightning which I had always taken as a Finnish expression, but which apparently was here simply translated from Swedish. Translated from Swedish by Laurie ThompsonIt had started raining.At page 100 After an amazingly confused start where only stalwart fans of Edwardsson s Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter would bother to continue, it has settled down I love these stories because they are based in G teborg and I can picture the places involved, the lurking teenage gangs and the abundance of buskers I have been reading these as and when I can lay a hand on one so have been taking them out of order There is a progression in the private lives of the policemen involved which makes them quite addictive but I wouldn t necessarily recommend them to anyone here.Warning DCI Winter stories are always gorefests so take heed if you areinto soft mysteries that need less bandages Pages 166 167Apparently there is a difference between Death Metal and Black Metal Black Metal is where the tempo is quicker and you need to arm yersel with a text that you singalong to the music with It is basically a black mass text to the strains of a caterwaul and seems to be intrinsic to explaining the deaths of a married couple who are swingers.Finished Need to re read 4 to link up the continuing story lines What a twisty twisted tale this turned out to be. Sun and Shadow, the first Detective Erik Winter novel by Swedish writer Ake Edwardson to be translated into English 1999 , is a dark psychological mystery that chronicles two grotesque double murders and the exhausting investigation that follows The plot is complex, and it delivers the build up to a fine suspenseful ending.Edwardson s style is literary The writing is strong, especially the descriptive language and the dialogue After Detective Winter visits his father, who has just had a heart attack and with whom Winter has had a strained relationship, he tells his lover, Angela, about it What was it like, seeing him again As if we d been chatting only last week Sure Depends what you mean We spoke about safe subjects Everything takes time He has to get better first Hmm Are you tired Not so tired that I can t indulge in a glass of duty free whiskey What about you These spare conversations, circling around a subject like a dance, are common Dialogue effectively carries the narrative.The novel avoids extensive descriptive passages that tend to slow the narrative movement Yet often the descriptive language is strong Here is an example of a strong and spare description It was night in the apartment, no lights burning any A standard lamp had been on all day, but the bulb had gone As dawn broke, autumn sidled in through the venetian blinds and a roller blind in the bedroom let in patches of light I would quibble with a couple of things pet peeves of mine in Edwardson s style I should add here that it s entirely possible that the first of these problems results from translation and may not exist in the original First, the poor, overused verb to be gets worked to within an inch of its life in the novel s prose, both as the main verb in a sentence and as the helping verb used with a main verb in the ing progressive form I ll italicize examples in the following short paragraph to demonstrate Winter was walking along the Ricardo Soriano It was evening again He went into the cerveceria Monte Carlo and ordered a glass of draft beer at the bar The place was full of men watching a football match on a large screen Real Madrid versus Valladolid He drank his beer and felt comfortable among all the shouting There were no women inside the bar They were sitting at tables on the pavement outside, waiting for the match to end and the evening to begin Five to be verbs in a short paragraph The problem All these to be verbs kill the immediacy of reader experience of what happens Compare the following possibilities Winter walked alongor The bar overflowed with men watching or All the women sat at tables on the pavement outsideRevising to be verbs into action verbs is a staple of good writing.My second quibble Edwardson tends to filter sense experience instead of giving it to the reader directly Here s what I mean Detective Winter goes into a bar, and the narrator tells us Winter could hear people speaking Norwegian, Swedish, and German The readers should experience the bar, not have Winter experience it for them It would be easy to revise this passage to say, People at the tables around him spoke Norwegian, Swedish, and German That way the reader experiences the polyglot with Winter instead of being told that Winter experienced it This kind of filtering is too common in the novel.Okay, with all that said, this book was a good read I recommend it, especially for fans of Scandinavian crime fiction It s a strong example of the genre The complex plot builds slowly and in the end delivers a powerful, driving finish. No, I didn t read this in Swedish, they had it on , maybe for free, and I read it there because, apparently, I wasn t already bored enough with Swedish mystery novels I have to wonder at myself I hated every Dragon Tattoo book and read them all Not really read Listened to on Audible Sometimes its best to not listen to really good things on Audible so you don t mind interruptions and you don t care that really only heard half of it.I never read an Erik Winter novel before, but Erik Winter is boring and I don t want to read an Erik Winter novel again I am part Scandinavian myself, and I know for a fact that the genome has not completely suppressed a sense of humor Gaiety, maybe, but not humor And yet the Swedish novels that make it to this country, like the movies before them, are dreary things, and their characters never laugh.Here we have another Swedish detective of the completely buttoned up, and not because it s so dang cold variety, but there are no pretensions to a global conspiracies, and computers barely exist Erik Winter is not quite as irresistible to women as Mikael Blomkvist, though, of course, he s hot In a cold and boring way The crime itself is gory, and there s some suspense, but just in case you were worried about this, Erik Winter lives to fight crime another day, so go ahead and make out the lights and go to bed already.