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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 33.
- Review Date: 2007-06-25
- Reviewer: Staff
The reader stays perpetually ahead of the irritatingly slow detectives in Swedish crime writer Edwardson's third Erik Winter police procedural to be translated into English (after 2006's Never End). DCI Erik Winter and his team are baffled by a rash of beatings in Gothenburg that have nearly killed several young men, who are linked only by the distinctive mark left by the attacker's mysterious weapon. Meanwhile, nursery school children begin to report being lured to the car of a strange “mister,” who gives them candy. The police brush off these incidents until one boy is found badly beaten in the woods. Soon Winter is thrown into a race to save a kidnapped boy from the clutches of a monster. Readers will connect the dots faster than Winter, whose investigation is jarringly interrupted by scenes from the abductor's point-of-view. The denouement leaves too many loose ends, making for an uninspired take on the tired topic of child abductions. (Aug.)
Ake Edwardson, three-time winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers Award, is back with number 12 in the Erik Winter police procedural series, Frozen Tracks. Someone has been systematically beating students nearly to death in normally quiet Gothenburg. The gruesome twist is that the weapon appears to be a branding iron of the sort outlawed in the European Union for years. The students, to a one, claim not to know who might wish them ill, but their stories ring false to Winter. Meanwhile, a series of similarly themed child abductions has been baffling the police. The kids have returned home unharmed, but with successively stranger stories of their temporary disappearances. Clearly the perpetrator is ramping up for a full-on kidnapping or worse. In short order, these two investigations will dovetail with disturbing and surprising results for all involved. Fans of Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum (as well as Ian Rankin and Donna Leon) will find a great new friend in Edwardson.