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Frozen Tracks: A Book Review

Updated on June 19, 2011

Frozen Tracks is a Swedish mystery by Ake Edwardson and translated by Laurie Thompson. Frozen Tracks was published by Viking in 2007. Edwardson is the winner of the Swedish Academy of Crime Writer's Awards.

Frozen Tracks is a Erik Winter mystery. This is a Swedish procedural, and Detective Chief Inspector Winter and his team are trying to solve two mysteries.

Four young college aged men were hit on the head and injured. One of the injuries is serious enough he may be paralyzed for life. Whatever caused the injuries leaves strange marks on the heads of the injured.

Winter isn’t sure if crimes have been committed in the second case. Over a period of a few week children from a nursery school say they are enticed into a car by a “mister” and given candy. The “mister” talks to them and takes them back before they are missed by the school. The parents aren’t sure if it is the children’s imagination or not. When he learns that the children all have a personal item missing, he sends out a request to see if similar incidents have happened in other areas of the city.

The investigation of the attacks takes Winter and Bertil Ringmar into the Swedish prairies North of Gothenburg. It is there that they begin to realize the crimes of the attack and possible kidnappings are related.

This book takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden at the end of December. It is dark and bleak with short winter days. Edwardson is good at setting the time, place and mood. The translation may not be as good as it could be. I thought the pacing was somewhat slow. Overall, I enjoyed the characters, and feel it is a worthwhile book.


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