Room No. 10
Room No. 10
Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451608526, 447pp.
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
A YOUNG WOMAN IS DISCOVERED hanged in a room in a decrepit hotel, and Gothenburg’s Chief Inspector Erik Winter must try to figure out what happened. As Winter looks around, he realizes that he was in the same hotel room many years earlier, when it was the last known location of a woman who subsequently 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.
The young woman’s parents are bereft and unable to explain the puzzling contents of a note she left behind. Winter, however, senses that they are holding back some secret that might help him to find her murderer. As he pursues his hunch and digs into the old police report on the woman who disappeared—one of his first cases as a young detective—Winter becomes increasingly convinced that the two cases are somehow related. Room No. 10 is a first-rate thriller, suffused with the gray seaside beauty of Gothenburg and filled with the characters that Åke Edwardson’s readers have come to love: Winter, the veteran detective who veers between pessimism and optimism but never gives up; Bertil Ringmar, the methodical old-timer whose analytical mind keeps everyone focused; hotheaded Fredrik Halders, whose temper sometimes overwhelms his passion for justice; and Aneta Djanali, Halders’s girlfriend, 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, Åke 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
"Swedish award-winning crime fiction writer Edwardson is at the top of his game. . . . Readers of Scandinavian crime fiction should add Edwardson to their reading list. . . . Lovers of fiction by Iceland's Arnuldar Indridason and Sweden's Kjell Eriksson will revel in these works."
"Police-procedural fans will savor this meticulously detailed offering by Edwardson a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers' Award for best crime novel."