Review: Sun and Shadow

Ake Edwardson (1999)

The plodding murder investigation that makes up the heart of this mystery reads like a low-energy, drawn-out episode of CSI: Sweden. Not even the Scandinavian setting could draw much interest out of the story. I found the main character, a 40-something detective at a cross-roads in life, stock and uninteresting; interweaving his personal life into the investigation into a gruesome double homicide didn’t add much other than to the heft of the 400-page novel. Top it all off with a glaringly poor English translation.

The subtitle of Sun and Shadow is “An Erik Winter Novel,” implying there are others that follow in a series. I’ll pass.

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