Author(s): Ake Edwardson
A YOUNG WOMAN is discovered hanged in a room in a decrepit hotel with a mysterious note near her body. When Gothenburg's Chief Inspector Erik Winter investigates, he realizes that it is the same hotel room that was, twenty years earlier, the last known location of a woman who disappeared and was never found. The two women seem to have nothing in common except for this hotel room, but Winter suspects that there may be other connections--and that both women might have even fallen prey to the same killer. "Room No. 10" is a first-rate thriller, suffused with the gray seaside beauty of Gothenburg and filled with the characters that Ake Edwardson's readers have come to love: Erik Winter, the philosophical detective who veers between pes-simism and optimism but never gives up; Bertil Ringmar, the methodical old-timer whose analytical mind keeps everyone focused; hot-headed Fredrik Halders, whose temper sometimes overwhelms his passion for justice; and Aneta Djanali, an immigrant from Burkina Faso whose ability to talk to other women can open new leads. As compelling as they are dedicated, they are an unforgettable team determined to find a bizarre killer.
In "Room No. 10", Ake Edwardson crafts an absolutely mesmerizing tale of two murders separated by two decades. Chief Inspector Erik Winter is a tremendous, complex and thoroughly likeable creation, and Edwardson's no-nonsense style gets us inside his head and his heart. Captivating stuff. --John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunter and Damage