Readers who have enjoyed the deluge of Scandinavian authors recently translated into English have another author to embrace. Readers whose preferences lean toward police procedurals are in for a treat. Edwardson's writing stacks up well along side his fellow countryman Henning Mankell and his protagonist, Chief Inspector Erik Winter compares favorably with Peter Lovesey's Peter Diamond or Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch.
When a rape occurs in the same park in the same location as an unsolved rape and murder that occurred five years earlier, Winters immediately sees the similarities between the two crimes. But then other attacks occur and Winter pushes himself hard to try to find the link between the victims to stop the string of crimes. Are the current attacks the work of the same person who killed five years earlier or is this the work of a copycat? Although his instincts lead him in one direction, several seemingly dead ends cause Winter to doubt himself.
Edwardson does a remarkable job of using the extreme heat of the summer to help place the reader in Gothenburg, a coastal town in Sweden. Everyone is hot and uncomfortable. Tempers are short and people are restless. Readers can feel the way the heat just bogs down the characters as they go about their lives. Throughout the book, people are drawn to the beach not only for relief from the heat, but also to ease their troubled lives. There is an almost poetic sense of place throughout this book.
Edwardson also does an excellent job of making the characters human. While Winter is working around the clock to solve the case, he also struggles to find time for his wife and young child. He likes living in a city apartment, his wife wants a house. Winter makes promises to his wife he doesn't keep. Only on the rare evenings when he comes home in time for them to go to the beach is he truly at peace-but even then only briefly.
Never End is Swedish author Edwardson's eighth Erik Winter novel and the third to be translated into English. Hopefully the rest will become available soon.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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