Sun and Shadow by Åke Edwardson 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Reading a book set in the season of winter in Sweden, with a chief protagonist named Winter, led to more than a slight confusion on my part! I kept think, “Yes, I know it is winter, so what?”
“Eric Winter is the youngest Chief Inspector in Sweden; he wears sharp suits, cooks gourmet meals, has a penchant for jazz and is about to become a father.’”
Winter sounds like the typical New Age guy but, like most of us, he has his hang-ups. One is coming to terms with his father and his father’s death. The other is making a commitment to his pregnant girlfriend. To be or not to be. Or in this case, to marry or not to marry, is the question.
When a couple are found murdered in their Gothenburg flat, Winter has to juggle the investigation over worries about prospective fatherhood. I must say Winter, at almost 40 years of age, was slow to work out exactly how he felt about fatherhood and marriage. How would a baby impact on his super-tidy apartment and his super-organised lifestyle?
When his girlfriend, Angela, is threatened by the bad guy, Winter’s anxiety reaches a new level.
Sun and Shadow takes us from Gothenburg to the Costa del Sol and back again. Hence the title as we go from wintery Sweden to the sunny Costa del Sol where Winter meets a lady he likes. Things don’t look good for Angela and their as yet unborn child.
Edwardson gives the reader a vivid hint of corruption and a cop gone bad which makes realises that corruption and bad cops are a universal problem.
Edwardson very cleverly takes his reader from one clue to another and from one possible suspect to the next. I for one got the solution wrong! And I don’t often have to admit to that.
Drugs, underage drinkers, wayward daughters and domestic violence are just a few of the problems tackled in this book.
A wonderful introduction to a Swedish Chief Inspector and to a city that is sure to have a high crime rate with Winter and his team to tackle. At least, I sincerely hope so!
Title: Sun and Shadow
Author: Ake Edwardson
Translated By: Laurie Thompson
Publisher: The Harvill Press