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  • Location: Gothenburg

Frozen Tracks

Frozen Tracks

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2000s: Case 5 for Erik Winter

  • ISBN: 978-0099472070
  • Translator: Laurie Thompson
  • Genre: Crime, Police Procedural

What you need to know before your trail

It’s autumn in Gothenburg and an anxious mother calls the police: her little boy was lured into a car by a man offering sweets. The child is returned unharmed but then the same thing happens with a little girl, and then another. Each child attends a different nursery, and each parent contacts a different police station, so, at first, no connection is established and the reports are filed and then forgotten.

Meanwhile DCI Winter is investigating a series of random attacks on strangely uncooperative university students, but when a a four-year-old boy is abducted and found injured, the forgotten files resurface and a link between the stories becomes apparent. As Gothenburg prepares for Christmas, Winter is in a race against time to prevent a horrific catastrophe.

Travel Guide

BookTrail travel to Erik Winter’s Gothenburg


Erik Winter’s home and stomping ground. Most of his novels are largely based here although some do head out to different parts of the world on his many assignments.

This novel is set in the autumn and lead up to Christmas so there’s a nice autumnal chill in the air. Well, it all looks nice and snowy and the ground is hard but the chill in the air suddenly gets very very cold. The university and the parks are the focus here as students and young children are the victims here. It’ a tricky and uncomfortable view of  the city.

Gothenburg was founded as a heavily fortified, primarily Dutch, trading colony, by royal charter in 1621 and is now the largest port in the Nordic countries. It’s a fine city for a cop like Winter. It’s the perfect background for Ake as well since he’s worked at Gothenburg University as a professor, as a journalist and as a press officer for the United Nations. Plenty of issues and complex situations to merge into fiction!

Booktrail Boarding Pass: Frozen Tracks

Destination: Gothenburg  Author/Guide:  Ake Edwardson   Departure Time: 2000s

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