Sail of Stone by Åke Edwardson

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A brother and sister believe that their father has gone missing. They think he may have traveled in search of his father, who was presumed lost decades ago in World War II. Meanwhile, there are reports that a woman is being abused, but she can’t be found and her family won’t tell the police where she is. Two missing people and two very different families combine in this dynamic and suspenseful mystery by the Swedish master Åke Edwardson.

Gothenburg’s Chief Inspector Erik Winter travels to Scotland in search of the missing man, aided there by an old friend from Scotland Yard. Back in Gothenburg, Afro-Swedish detective Aneta Djanali discovers how badly someone doesn’t want her to find the missing woman when she herself is threatened. Sail of Stone is a brilliantly perceptive character study, acutely observed and skillfully written with an unerring sense of pace.

About Åke Edwardson

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Åke Edwardson has worked as a journalist, a press officer for the United Nations, and a university lecturer at the University of Gothenburg, the second-largest city in Sweden, where his mysteries are set. He is one of Sweden’s bestselling authors, and his books featuring Detective Chief Inspector Erik Winter have been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide. He is a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers’ Award for best crime novel.
Published March 13, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 418 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Imagine her surprise when, on a return visit, she finds Anette’s father and brother packing up her things—and then her even greater surprise when she learns that Anette has no brother and that the solicitous men were a pair of thieves.

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When Axel Osvald, whose daughter Winter was once involved with, disappears in Scotland while looking into the presumed drowning of his father, John Osvald, during WWII, Winter goes to Scotland in search of answers.

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Chief Inspector Erik Winter was approached by a former girlfriend, Johanna Osvald, with a request to find her father who went to Scotland in search of his own missing father.

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In this sixth entry in the Swedish procedural series, Chief Inspector Erik Winter is, as always, approaching a mystery with unhurried philosophical and intuitive methods.

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