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Death Angels: A Chief Inspector Erik Winter Novel [Paperback]

Ake Edwardson , Ken Schubert
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Sept. 29 2009 Chief Inspector Erik Winter Novels
The debut thriller in the internationally acclaimed series? available for the first time in the United States

A long-time number one bestseller in his native Sweden, Åke Edwardson?s profile was conspicuously raised when his novel Frozen Tracks was chosen as a finalist for a 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Until now, however, the novel that launched Edwardson?s critically acclaimed Erik Winter series has never been available in the United States. With a new series translator who fully captures Edwardson?s signature atmospheric style, Death Angels is America?s introduction to Sweden?s youngest Chief Inspector as he teams up with Scotland Yard to solve the mysterious parallel killings of young British and Swedish tourists. Richly evocative of mid-nineties South London and Gothenburg, Sweden, Death Angels is a brilliant opening to a mesmerizing series that has become a phenomenon in international crime fiction.


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Åke Edwardson is one of Scandinavia’s most successful crime writers. He has won numerous awards, including the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award three times.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Back in Time May 28 2012
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This series has not been released to the English audience in the order it was written, ''Death Angels'' is actually the 1st in the series. For those who are already familiar with Chief Inspector Erik Winter this novel will bring you back in time to when the Inspector was younger and unmarried.

In this novel, Erik teams up with Scotland Yard to solve a mysterious case that has the same M.O. as other cases in which British and Swedish young men have been found murdered in extremely violent ways. The discovery of filming equipment suggests the killer maybe recording his deeds to gain notoriety in the snuff film world. While Winter works the UK side of the case his colleague in Sweden questions a stripper named Angel, who he believes knows more than she is telling, her beauty and her expertise in handling people prove to be daunting challenge'.... However the key to solving the case may lay with the thief who found a sack full of bloody clothes....

I found the story to have a sluggish start and be a touch less captivating than the other books I have read so far in this series. It is intensive in police procedural and takes a while before the action kicks in however just when you think it has peaked you are thrown a few more curves to keep you guessing. The effects a homicide has on the officers working the case and on the victims' families is quite emotional and well done. I was quite fascinated by the in depth psychological characterisation of the Chief Inspector and his British associate. There are many sub-characters and keeping up with their Swedish names and their parts can be challenging at times. I have the feeling I was on the wrong track at times and missed out on some of the important nuances between players.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swedish detectives Jan. 28 2010
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A good look at how Swedish cops solve crimes. Interesting characters, quite well defined. Suggest reading these books in chronological order beginning with "Death Angels " followed by "Sun and Shadow ", "Never End ", & "Frozen Tracks ".
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5.0 out of 5 stars An icy dance with death Oct. 26 2009
By Cosmic Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This crime story, which in one sense could be read as a formulaic `thrilla,' shows uncommon insight into the psychology of a confident, thirty-something homicide detective at the terrifying brink of self-awareness. Erik Winter is the hero of a popular series of Swedish crime novels by ┼ke Edwardson that are not yet very well-known in the U.S.

"Death Angels" is the first book in the Erik Winter series, although two of the subsequent books were previously published in English, but with a different translator. If you want to read the series chronologically, "Death Angels" is the place to start. And if the rest of the books are as compelling as this one, bring `em on.

The plot of "Death Angels" spins around some grotesque murders of teenage boys that are being committed in both Sweden and London. It makes for some intriguing give and take among investigators in both cities who decide to pool their resources. You're into the first murder right away, and I do mean right in the middle of it. Did I mention I couldn't do Winter's job?

One of the things I liked best about the book was Edwardson's depiction of the toll on the living that the homicide grind takes, not just on the families of the victims, but on the men and women who are working the case. The way they talk to each other, the camaraderie, the shorthand, the dark humor and odd bravado, all ring true. You could slap this up on a movie screen just as it is.

I liked Erik Winter right away. This detective is not one of those gnarled characters with a wise-acre attitude and hot temper. He's coolly elegant, keenly able, admired and envied by his colleagues in homicide. But he is exceptionally young to be their boss, and he's a complete enigma to them.

Turns out Winter is also an enigma to himself and to his family, which makes him an excellent character for Edwardson to build a string of crime novels on. How can you not like a guy who says of soccer, "I could have been something, but I wasn't injured often enough." Or, my absolute favorite, when Winter passes by his sister's house, noticing the lights aren't on, and says to himself, "Nobody's home, you can call tonight." For somebody who works that hard to keep his distance from people who want to get inside his head, he turns out to have terrific intuition for drilling right into the brains of criminals.

The supporting characters are great. One bizarre twist involves a young detective, about to become a father, who gets thrust into the world of illicit porn to track down some clues, and you get a real sense of the destabilizing threat that this kind of work involves, and how weird and sometimes touching the coping mechanisms can get to be. I don't want to give away any more of it, but Edwardson does his homework when it comes to character development. The case painfully affects Winter, too, and with good reason.

I got caught up right away in the icy-clear language of the saga. Everything that had to do with Swedish half-darkness and sunlight and the penetration of the cold and the intense awareness of any hint of spring -- all that is wonderfully evocative in tone. I could feel Scandinavia in my bones. And music's really important to the story, both indie rock and jazz. You'll pick up a tip or two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last... the real Detective Winter! Oct. 7 2009
By CarNut - Published on Amazon.com
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For those of us given peeks into this amazing writer's character of Detective Winter before, here, at long last (I don't read Sewdish, German or other languages!!!)is the opening story and it does not disappoint, not one line, not one character. It's a thrill ride, intelligent, surprising and, with plenty of twists, keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I won't spoil it for you with a precis - just get this and ENJOY!
Mankell watch out, there's someone better (or at least as compelling!).
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Oct. 19 2009
By J. Glenn - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a fan of Henning Mankell, I was excited to read this author's work, especially because he's been compared favorably to Mankell. But this book just didn't hold up for me. I found the character of Erik Winter to be rather stilted and mannered, and I was much more intrigued by Steve Macdonald, the police officer in London. This wasn't a terrible book, but the characters are a little too cardboard cutout for me, the mood is not as atmospheric or as nuanced as I like, and the plot twists were not that numerous and were somewhat predictable. I find the work by the Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason to be far preferable.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing swedish thriller Dec 11 2009
By susan larsson - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I am not your basic mystery reader, I enjoy a good whodunit on television, and applied that interest to the book, the latest contribution from Sweden. I found the vocabulary absolutely rich, a wealth of words that were unexpected and wondered if they were inspired by the Swedish original, or if the translator's creativity brought words I (also a Swedish to English translator) wouldn't have thought of spontaneously.

And as a fellow Swedish to English translator, I can only say that the translation was excellent. Nowhere could I see the Swedish skeleton; nowhere could I say, oh yeah, I know what *that* author wrote in Swedish. Together, the author and translator brought to life this chiller that took place, in part, on streets and parks and waterways in Gothenburg that I know so well.

Kudos to the author, for a good thriller, and kudos to the translator - for bringing to life, in our English words, a story that doesn't say "foreign" anywhere.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Angels, by Ake Edwardson Nov. 3 2009
By J. Philpot - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite an affinity for Swedish mysteries, I nearly did not get past the first few pages of this one; scenes of brutal physical abuse like the one at the beginning of the book are not to my liking. However, I am glad that I persisted because this is a crime novel worth reading. The author has a wonderful descriptive sense for the atmosphere in both Gothenburg and London, making both venues come alive. Even more interesting are the personal and psychological portraits of Chief Inspector Erik Winter, his British associate Steve Macdonald, and the fascinating set of characters surrounding them. This is what held my attention, above and beyond my desire to learn the perpetrator of the crimes. One further comment: I read a lot of books in translation, some good and some bad. This particular translation is so smooth that I felt as if the original book had been written in English. Well done!
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