It's autumn in Gothenburg. An anxious mother calls the police; it seems her little boy was lured into a car by a man offering sweets then returned unharmed. The same happens with a little girl, and then another. As each child attends a different day nursery, and each parent contacts a different police station, no connection is established between ...
It's autumn in Gothenburg. An anxious mother calls the police; it seems her little boy was lured into a car by a man offering sweets then returned unharmed. The same happens with a little girl, and then another. As each child attends a different day nursery, and each parent contacts a different police station, no connection is established between the incidents. The reports are filed and forgotten. At police headquarters DCI Erik Winter is investigating a series of random GBH attacks on university students. There are no witnesses, and the victims are less than cooperative. Who or what are they trying to hide? Winter has an additional case to solve when a four-year-old boy, abducted from a playground, is found injured in a forest. The forgotten files resurface, and the link between the children's stories becomes apparent. As Gothenburg prepares for Christmas, Winter is in a race against time to prevent a horrific catastrophe.
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Publishers Weekly, 2007-06-25 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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